David J. Kowalski
Captain Kowalski was raised in Peabody, Massachusetts. Upon graduating from high school in 1988, Captain Kowalski enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. His service included a deployment to the Middle East during the Persian Gulf War and the liberation of Kuwait.
In 1996, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department and worked as a police officer in Hollywood Division and Southeast Division. His assignments included patrol, Southeast CRASH, Southeast Special Enforcement Unit-Gang Detail, and as a Field Training Officer.
In 2002, Captain Kowalski promoted to Sergeant and worked as a field supervisor in Van Nuys, Newton, and 77th Divisions, and as an Assistant Watch Commander in Southeast Division. As a Sergeant, he was selected twice as Supervisor of the Year.
In 2008, he was promoted to Lieutenant and selected as a member of the Olympic Division Transition Team to facilitate the opening of its new station in 2009. As a Lieutenant, he worked as a Watch Commander, Officer-In-Charge of Violent Crime Task Force, Operations-West Bureau, Northeast Gang Impact Team Officer-In-Charge, and as a Platoon Leader for Metropolitan Division’s “C” Platoon.
Captain Kowalski graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He has also attended the LAPD’s Leadership Program.
He and his wife, Alvys, have two children, Aaron and Ava, and currently reside in the city of Chino Hills.
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