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Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau

Meet Your LAPD Bureau Deputy Chief and Commander

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David J. Kowalski
Deputy Chief

Deputy Chief David Kowalski currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the...

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Shannon K. Paulson

Commander Shannon Paulson joined the Los Angeles Police Department on November 4,...

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Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau (CTSOB) is comprised of Counter-Terrorism Group and Special Operations Group.  Counter-Terrorism Group is comprised of Major Crimes Division and Emergency ServicesDivision.  Special Operations Group is comprised of Metropolitan Division, Air Support Division, and Security Services Division.  Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau is responsible for planning, response and intelligence.

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To Prevent terrorism by effectively sharing information aimed at disrupting terrorist’s operational capability and addressing the underlying causes associated with the motivational component; to Protect the public and critical infrastructure by leveraging private sector resources and hardening targets; to Pursue terrorists and those criminal enterprises that support them; and, to Prepare the citizenry and the city government for consequences associated with terrorist operations against the city.

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