Kirk J. Albanese
Chief of Detectives
Deputy Chief Kirk J.
Albanese was born in 1956 in Mount Pleasant, New York. He
moved to Los Angeles and started his police academy training on
November 17, 1980. Deputy Chief Albanese has steadily moved up
through the ranks: including, police officer, sergeant, lieutenant,
captain, and commander. On March 29, 2009, he was promoted to the
rank of Deputy Chief of Police by former Chief William J.
During his 35 year career Deputy Chief Albanese has held
assignments in Patrol, Gang Enforcement, Narcotics, Internal
Affairs, Juvenile and Administration. While at the police officer
rank, he was a Senior Lead Officer, and as a sergeant, he
supervised a Community Policing/government based problem solving
unit called FALCON (Focused Attack Linking Community Organizations
and Neighborhoods). As a lieutenant, he was assigned to Internal
Affairs as both an officer-in-charge and as a Chief
As a Captain, he has held command positions at Juvenile Division,
77th Street, Wilshire, Foothill and Mission Area Police Stations.
As an Area commanding officer, he was credited with establishing
innovative crime reduction systems including, the "War Room
Concept" where crime is analyzed and "Daily Missions" are assigned
to patrol and detective personnel through a "Daily Briefing"
meeting. This process ensures that all personnel assigned to the
command are accountable and working toward the reduction of
Deputy Chief Albanese was also credited with planning and opening
the first new Los Angeles police station in 28 years. Mission Area
Police Station opened on May 1, 2005, and serves the communities of
Sylmar, Mission Hills, North Hills, Panorama City and a portion of
Granada Hills. He credits the assigned personnel under his command,
other City Departments, political leadership and the community for
Following his promotion to Commander, he was assigned as the
Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-West Bureau, assuming
responsibility for the police station Areas of Hollywood, Wilshire,
West Los Angeles, Pacific, and West Traffic Division. Following
this assignment, he was assigned as the Assistant to the Director,
Office of Operations. It is this position that Deputy Chief
Albanese held prior to being promoted to Deputy Chief.
Upon his promotion, Deputy Chief Albanese assumed command of
Operations-South Bureau. As the commanding officer, he was
responsible for 77th Street, Southwest, Southeast, and Harbor
Areas, along with South Traffic Division. Operations-South Bureau
covers an area of 67 square miles and serves more than 700,000
community members with 1700 officers and 159 civilian
In January 2010 Deputy Chief Albanese was assigned as the
commanding officer of Operations-Valley Bureau. In this capacity he
was responsible for the San Fernando Valley portion of the city.
This area encompasses 220 square miles and serves 1.7 million
people. Police services include seven Area commands and Valley
Traffic Division. Staffing for Operations-Valley Bureau includes
2,400 sworn personnel and 250 civilian personnel.
In November 2011, Deputy Chief Albanese was selected by Chief of
Police Charlie Beck to serve as the Department's Chief of
Detectives. As Chief of Detectives, Deputy Chief Albanese has line
responsibility for the seven commands that make up Detective
Bureau. The commands include: Robbery Homicide Division, Detective
Support and Vice Division, Gang and Narcotics Division, Juvenile
Division, Commercial Crimes Division, Forensic Science Division and
Technical Investigation Division. In addition, Deputy Chief
Albanese has functional responsibility for the 1800 detective
personnel who serve city wide.
Deputy Chief Albanese is a member of several professional and
community based organizations including, the Los Angeles County
Peace Officer Association, the International Association of Chiefs
of Police and the Los Angeles Women Police Officers and Associates.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the
University of Phoenix. His personal interests include travel,
physical fitness, and spending quality time with his wife and two