Deputy Chief of Police


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Nicole Bawa

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The Deputy Chief of Police – Operations Group reports to the Chief of Police. This management-level position reflects the high priority City of Los Angeles has placed on comprehensive security and safety oversight for critical Port facilities and infrastructure in service to the of the Port of Los Angeles, its customers, neighboring communities and users. While cargo operations, maritime trade and infrastructure of the Port are physically located within the Los Angeles Metropolitan area, Port facilities are considered national assets since potential interruptions to the flow of commerce at the Port would have a significant impact on the national economy.

The Port Police Operations Group is the 24/7 command and control function overseeing tactical planning, the Department Operations Center (DOC), facilities, security functions and Marine and patrol operations for the Harbor Department. Furthermore, the operations Group is required to respond to emergencies during off-hours and holidays as may be necessary. The Port Police Operations Group adheres to a community-oriented policing posture as the basis for team policing, community relations and employs COMPSTAT analysis for the purposes of crime prevention within a geographic area encompassing 7500 acres of property and 43 miles of waterfront.

The Deputy Chief of Police may be required to act as the Chief of Police in the absence of the Chief. The Deputy Chief will be directly responsible for supervising the three Division Captains and will provide direct supervision and oversight of the day-to-day functions of the organization. The Deputy Chief will have primary oversight of the Professional Standards Unit, personnel matters, planning and research, among other high-level leadership responsibilities.

The Deputy Chief reports to the Chief of Police and also has responsibility for performing general and specialized law enforcement duties and administrative work in the coordination, planning, review, and supervision of the activities in the department. The Deputy Chief has direct supervision of personnel and activities, including supervising subordinate leaders and staff. Work includes assisting in developing and managing the department budget, monitoring for safe working conditions, investigating complaints from citizens concerning department policies or officer conduct; problem-solving with staff on various issues and activities; assuring quality control; researching leading practices and revising policies and procedures as needed; coaching and mentoring staff for improved performance; maintains accurate accountability and/or ensures departmental records are accurately maintained; assisting the Chief of Police in researching and implementing improvements in departmental services.


At a minimum, candidates must demonstrate a successful law enforcement management career that includes at least two years of experience at the level of Police Captain or at a level equivalent to police commanding officer or higher, managing the patrol, traffic, safety, investigation, intelligence and security activities or operations of a respected law enforcement agency. It is preferred that candidates will also be able to demonstrate integrated emergency management responsibilities and functions in their career path. Additional minimum qualifications include:

• Successful completion of California P.O.S.T. Certifications at the Basic, Supervisory and Management level or above, or the ability to obtain them

• Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university

• The Port of Los Angeles is a Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant jurisdiction and appropriate certifications for operating within the SEMS/NIMS Incident Command System (ICS) organizational structure is required

• Previous experience with technologies in current use within law enforcement such as CAD/RMS/FBR, body camera technology, mobile video and other emerging technologies utilized in contemporary policing is strongly preferred.


A Master’s degree is desirable, in addition to a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) Credential from the IAEM (International Association of Emergency Managers), or an equivalent amount of emergency management education and experience. Emergency management experience may typically be understood to be five to ten years of emergency management responsibility (or a closely related field that has included participation in a full-scale exercise or actual disaster). Previous law enforcement experience with port-specific threats and emergencies within a maritime environment is considered a plus. 

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How to apply

Please submit a persuasive cover letter explaining why you feel you are a good candidate for the position, a resume and at least four professional references (references will not be contacted without prior permission) electronically to: .

Submission deadline is subject to close at any time once sufficient applications are received.

Following the resume due date, applicants will be screened in relation to the minimum qualifications and criteria that are outlined in this brochure. The most qualified candidates will be referred to Port Officials for further consideration. Preliminary background checks on the successful candidate will include validation of college/university degrees, certifications, criminal, credit, bankruptcy and motor vehicle record checks, a field investigation, psychological testing and drug screening. Work history references will not be contacted without prior permission. 

The City of Los Angeles is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

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