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Beatrice Girmala, Assistant Chief

Beatrice Girmala

Assistant Chief
Office of Operations

Assistant Chief Beatrice
Girmala
is the Director, Office of Operations (OO). As
Director of OO, she is responsible for overseeing four geographic
bureaus which cover the entire City of Los Angeles and all
uniformed patrol resources: Operations-West Bureau,
Operations-Central Bureau, Operations- South Bureau, and
Operations-Valley Bureau. She also oversees Public Engagement
Section which emphasizes the Department's commitment to community
outreach with a variety of community and youth programs, to include
the Cadets, Reserves and Volunteers Unit, the Police Orientation
Preparation Program (POPP) and Police Academy Magnet School
(PAM).

Assistant Chief Girmala is a 35-year veteran of the Los Angeles
Police Department. She is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles who
enjoys the diversity and energy which defines this City, and feels
that being an intimate part of its geography makes her a true
stakeholder in change.

Assistant Chief Girmala attended school in the Hollywood area,
graduating from Immaculate Heart High School and continuing her
higher education at the University of California, Los Angeles
(UCLA). She was a member of the scholastic honor society Alpha
Lambda Delta. At UCLA, Assistant Chief Girmala studied political
science, public administration, and public law, graduating with
honors, Magna Cum Laude, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in the
discipline of Political Science.

In 1985, Assistant Chief Girmala proudly joined the Los Angeles
Police Department, and was first assigned to Pacific Area. Upon
completion of probation, she was assigned to Van Nuys Area, and
then Southeast Area. The experience, early on, of working in three
of the Department's bureaus was invaluable.

In 1988, a Field Training Officer position opened at Hollywood
Area, and Assistant

Chief Girmala felt that she could genuinely give back and
positively influence change in that community. Dedicating eight
years to Hollywood Patrol Division led to another opportunity for
growth and contribution. In 1997, Assistant Chief Girmala achieved
the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to Central Area. The
challenging Skid Row area was an outstanding supervisory training
ground, presenting challenges and the opportunity to mature as a
leader in a unique environment. The true inspiration for Assistant
Chief Girmala was the dedication of the patrol officers who worked
in extremely adverse conditions, yet all the while, delivering
quality and professional law enforcement services to the most
destitute. The lessons learned were extremely important and
formative, as Assistant Chief Girmala continued her career as a
sergeant in Pacific Area.

The time spent in Pacific Area was punctuated with highs and lows.
The opportunity to work as a watch commander in the absence of both
the sitting watch commander and assistant proved to be invaluable.
The field supervisory duties further developed skills which can
never remain dormant. The loss of Police Officer III Brian Brown
during this time period underscored the ultimate sacrifices made by
the valiant men and women of patrol, and the importance of teamwork
and mutual support.

Following Pacific Area was a return to Hollywood Area in 1999,
first as a Field Sergeant, and then as an Assistant Watch
Commander, Sergeant II. While at Hollywood Area,

Assistant Chief Girmala was given the opportunity to work for then
Captain (now retired Deputy Chief) Michael Downing, whom she
credits with some of her most formative on the job training in the
true meaning of "community based policing." Projects included
"Operation Neighborhood Enhancement," a combined effort of City
services and law enforcement to battle crime and quality of life
issues in the east end of Hollywood Area. In addition, "Project
Restore Hollywood" and "Homeless Outreach" were programs aimed at
changing the landscape of Hollywood in a positive way with the
concerted effort of the Gang Unit, patrol, and the dedicated core
of Senior Lead Officers who are the glue which holds the best plans
together.

In 2003, Assistant Chief Girmala was recognized by the Hollywood
Chamber of Commerce as a "Woman of Distinction," receiving that
honor for her efforts in Hollywood Area. The year also brought a
promotion to the rank of Lieutenant, and assignment to Hollenbeck
Area as a Watch Commander. The energy and enthusiasm of
Hollenbeck's patrol force prepared her well for the next assignment
as Watch Commander in Central Area.

In 2006, Assistant Chief Girmala completed Command Development
School with the aspiration to take on additional responsibilities
in the future. The opportunity came on April 30, 2007, with her
promotion to Captain and assignment to Devonshire Area. After
serving as the Patrol Commanding Officer in Devonshire Area, she
began her second assignment as the Patrol Commanding Officer at
Hollywood Area in 2008. Hollywood's diverse community and dynamism
were extremely satisfying and challenging. The involvement of
residential businesses and their robust interaction with the
Division's patrol force and detectives led to many successful
initiatives and programs that endure today. Among them, the
creation of the Hollywood Entertainment District (HED) foot beat
and operational deployment, the inauguration of LAPD's first youth
mentoring center for the education and creative support of
youngsters in the most financially challenged and gang impacted
area of the Area's Homeless Outreach Programs.

In 2008, Assistant Chief Girmala was given additional
responsibilities in Hollywood as the Commanding Officer. She held
this position until her promotion in September of 2013 to the rank
of Commander.

In 2013, Assistant Chief Girmala was promoted to Commander of
Employee Relations Group, responsible for cultivating harmonious
relations and reasonable solutions for personnel involved in
grievances, administrative appeals, arbitrations, and MOU issues
within the Department, as well as additional responsibilities and
challenges.

On April 5, 2015, Assistant Chief Girmala was promoted to Deputy
Chief, and became the Commanding Officer of Operations-West Bureau
(OWB). During her tenure of OWB, she oversaw the smooth
implementation of the Digital In-Car Video system to all OWB
geographic Areas.

On June 30, 2016, after 31-years of experience with the Department,
she was promoted to Assistant Chief, and is now the Director,
Office of Operations. In addition, Assistant Chief Girmala is the
Department Coordinator for LGBTQ matters.

Assistant Chief Girmala credits her continued dedication, energy
and inspiration to the men and women of patrol who are the first
line of defense in the preservation of our values and freedoms, in
the public arena.

Assistant Chief Girmala lives in Los Angeles with her daughter.
Interests include jazz and the theater. Her mother is also a local
resident and has served as an invaluable supporter and inspiration,
as well.

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