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Jorge A. Villegas, Assistant Chief

Jorge A. Villegas

Assistant Chief
Director Office of Support Services

email Assistant Chief Jorge A.
Villegas
has 29 years of progressive responsibility with the
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). He is a reform-minded,
principled professional with demonstrated commitment to a community
policing model that builds trust, reduces crime, ensures
accountability and maintains a highly motivated workforce with a
culture of service. His vision for policing is focusing on
increased transparency to ensure trust and legitimacy, improving
systems, and professional development, with the ultimate goal of
reducing crime and creating improved community relations.

Currently serving at the level of Assistant Chief, he oversees the
LAPD's Office of Administrative Services, where he has effectively
utilized new technologies to improve performance and reduce waste,
implemented de-escalation training for all officers, and manages a
$1.6B budget. Previously leading the Office of Operations, he
helped write and implement new policies and procedures, including
updating the Department's Use of Force Policy, and helped prepare
the operational component of the strategic plan: LAPD in 2020

Assistant Chief Villegas excels at strategic thinking, system
refinement, leadership development, and fostering of quality
relationships within the Department and with external stakeholders
and community members.

From early in his career, Assistant Chief Villegas embraced a
community-focused policing model, coordinating and attending town
halls, and building relationships with the diverse communities that
he has served. His experience includes serving as the Chief of the
San Fernando Valley, where he oversaw substantial expansion of
community partnerships, including implementing a series of forums
to reach out to underrepresented groups, and working with the
business community to leverage resources to reduce crime. He also
brought the Little Free Library program to multiple community
police stations, and helped create the Sylmar Juvenile Task Force,
a collaboration of residents, government and nonprofit community
organizations that provided educational, recreational and
leadership development opportunities for youth.

Chief Villegas has an incredible breadth of experience as a public
safety professional, including working and overseeing patrol
operations, serving as a Detective in the Abused Child Unit,
coordinating operational planning of security for special events,
conducting emergency preparedness training, championing employee
wellness programs, implementation of productivity improvement
programs, leading a team that implemented the Compstat Plus
Assessment program, and assisting in the Development of the LAPD's
Best Practices Crime Strategies Process.

Recognized for his leadership ability, dedication to service, and
thoughtful approach to policing, Chief Villegas has received
numerous commendations from the department and from the community,
including the Meritorious Unit Citation. He has also been nominated
for the prestigious Armand Arabian Award for Public Service. A
veteran of the United States Army, and Chief Villegas holds a
Master in Leadership from the University of Southern California, a
Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific, and
a Bachelor of Science from the University of La Verne. He serves on
the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross and is active
with La Ley, the Hispanic Command Officers Association (HCOA), the
Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County, and several other
professional organizations where he has participated as a board
member, advisor or member.

Born in Mexico, and raised in Southern California, Assistant Chief
Villegas understands the immigrant experience and appreciates the
great diversity of our communities.