Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton was born in Los Angeles, California. He has attended several colleges and universities and has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management. He worked as an Officer in Patrol, Special Enforcement Group, CRASH, Vice, Prostitution Enforcement Detail, Field Training Officer and Burglary Auto Theft Division. As a Detective, he worked in Major Assault Crimes, CRASH, Homicide, Property Crimes Detail Coordinator and Auto Crimes Table Coordinator. As a Sergeant, he worked as a Patrol Supervisor, Assistant Watch Commander, Hollywood Vice Supervisor and Special Enforcement Unit (Gang) Supervisor. He later worked as a Lieutenant in Patrol, Gang Impact Team; Detective Commanding Officer and Burglary Task Force; and Assistant Commanding Officer of Scientific Investigation Division.
In 2014, Chief Hamilton was promoted to Captain and was assigned as the Commanding Officer to West Valley Patrol Division and later assigned to Topanga Patrol Division. In this assignment, he and his officers mentored 18 Police Cadets through a training and preparedness regimen to complete the 2016 Los Angeles Marathon. This effort resulted in 16 of the 18 cadets completing the LA Marathon alongside Chief Hamilton and the officers from Topanga Area and their families. Chief Hamilton then transferred to Recruitment and Employment Division. He was instrumental in raising the sworn deployment above 10,000 for the first time in the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) History. He was then assigned to Force Investigation Division, where he was later promoted to Commander.
After his assignment to Force Investigation Group as a Commander, he was transferred to serve as the Assistant Commanding Officer of Operations-Valley Bureau in 2018. He promoted to Deputy Chief on July 4, 2021, and he is now assigned as the Commanding Officer of the Bureau.
Chief Hamilton has been a State of California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Instructor Development Institute instructor for many years, and was awarded the California POST Excellence in Instruction Award in 2003. He provided instruction for California POST and LAPD in the areas of: Interview and Interrogation; Technology in Law Enforcement; and Gang Awareness. He has also been a long-time member of the LAPD Mentor Program which provides career guidance and assistance to other sworn and civilian members of the Department. In 2019, he was named the Los Angeles Woman Police Officers and Associates’ (LAWPOA) Mentor of the Year for his dedication and commitment to mentoring women on the Department. Chief Hamilton also oversaw the implementation of the Cyber Crime Consortium, a joint project between the LAPD, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the University of Southern California Viterbi Information Sciences Institute.
Chief Hamilton completed the State of California POST Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation Certification in Homicide and Computer Crimes Investigations. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, a graduate of the LAPD West Point Leadership Program, and he also completed the California POST Management Course.
Chief Hamilton is an active participant in many Department athletic events, which include the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay for over twenty years. In addition, he has competed in the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club (LAPRAAC) Bench Press Contest and regularly plays in the LAPRAAC Intradepartmental Basketball League.