Commander Randy Goddard was born in Huntington Beach, California, and has always wanted to be a police officer to “Protect and to Serve.” In his teen years, he became a Law Enforcement Explorer with the Westminster Police Department in Orange County, California, where he began learning about the honorable police profession.
At the age of nineteen, Commander Goddard went on a ride-a-long with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and immediately knew it was the organization he wanted to become a part of to serve the City of Angels. So in 1996, three days before his 21st birthday, Commander Goddard was sworn in as an LAPD police officer.
As a police officer, Commander Goddard worked as a patrol officer, detective school car officer, training officer, and vice investigator. Commander Goddard was promoted to sergeant and worked Southeast Patrol Division for three years. Commander Goddard then moved to Internal Affairs Group, Training Division, the Office of the Chief of Staff as a Chief’s Aide, and finally to Personnel and Training Bureau, where he served as the Department’s Uniform Coordinator.
In 2012, Commander Goddard was promoted to Lieutenant and began his new assignment in West Los Angeles (WLA) Patrol as a Watch Commander. He then became the Detective Commanding Officer, responsible for all criminal investigations for WLA Detectives, and significantly contributed to WLA’s crime-fighting strategies. After six years at WLA, Commander Goddard moved to Pacific Area as the Commanding Officer for Pacific Detective Division, where he served until his promotion in 2019 to Captain. Commander Goddard returned to WLA Area as the Patrol Commanding Officer, where he was awarded the 2019 Excellence in Leadership Award for WLA — finishing No. 1 in the Department for overall Part I crime reduction. In 2020, Commander Goddard moved to Newton Area as the Patrol Commanding Officer, and in 2021, he took over as the Commanding Officer of Innovation Management Division. Commander Goddard is honored to be promoted to Commander by Chief Moore and assigned as the Assistant Commanding Officer, Information Technology Bureau.
Commander Goddard earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach, and completed his Master’s Degree in Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Management, from the University of Southern California (USC).
Commander Goddard attended the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Supervisory Leadership Institute (Class 231), LAPD’s Leadership Program, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Virginia (Session 267). Commander Goddard currently serves as the 3rd Vice President for the FBI National Academy Associates California Chapter representing the Los Angeles Division.