Captain Kirk Kelley was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He graduated from Village Christian School in Sun Valley in 1991 and continued his education at California State University at Northridge, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Criminology.
Captain Kelley began his career with the Los Angeles Police Department in 1998 where he has worked as a patrol officer, training officer, undercover investigator, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. His various assignments started in patrol which brought him the opportunity to work various specialized divisions such as Police Commission, Detective Support and Vice Division, Force Investigation Division, Gangs and Narcotics Division, and the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.
As a lieutenant, Captain Kelley oversaw gang and narcotics units in South Los Angeles, detective operations in downtown Los Angeles, and both the Special Assault Section and Robbery Special Section of Robbery-Homicide Division. Cases he oversaw included the murder of Officer Juan Diaz, the Dr. Tyndall USC Sexual Assaults, and the Harvey Weinstein “Me Too” case. Kirk has also overseen operations at the FBI Fugitive Task Force, responsible for apprehending the most violent suspects in the region. He also supervised the Follow Home Robbery Task Force, which was responsible for investigating over 330 robberies involving victims followed home and victimized, several of whom were shot during the commission of the robbery. The task force made over 100 arrests of these violent suspects.
Kirk was promoted to Captain in March 2023, and assigned as the Topanga Patrol Division Commanding Officer, serving the community where he spent much of his childhood. He then promoted to the role of Assistant Commanding Officer of Internal Affairs Division in September of 2023.