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Kris E. Pitcher, Deputy Chief

Kris E. Pitcher

Deputy Chief
Operations-Valley Bureau

email Commander III Kris E. Pitcher has been a member of
the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years and has worked a
variety of assignments including uniformed patrol, training, vice
enforcement and various investigative entities. He was appointed to
the rank of captain in December of 2000 and served as the
Commanding Officer of Foothill and North Hollywood Patrol
Divisions, Vice Division and Force Investigation Division before
being assigned the Commanding Officer of Devonshire Area in August
of 2011.

As the Commanding Officer of Force Investigation Division, he was
directly responsible for all Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) and
critical Use of Force (UOF) investigations, and his investigator's
case presentations before the Use of Force Review Board and Board
of Police Commissioners. Because of his expertise in UOF
investigations and protocols, Captain Pitcher has represented the
Department on various UOF investigation concepts and issues,
provided OIS investigation consultation services to law enforcement
agencies across the country and has lectured, on the topic of OIS
investigations and protocols, to a variety of associations at
conferences and seminars including the International Association of
Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference, Police Officer's
Association of Los Angeles County (POALAC) seminars, the Institute
of Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) national conference and
the National Association for Civilian Oversight to Law Enforcement
annual conference (NACOLE).

Additionally, Captain Pitcher is a member of the faculty of
Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE) where he speaks on
the topic of OIS Investigations at their annual Lethal and Less
Lethal UOF Seminar in Las Vegas, and has authored numerous articles
on OIS investigations, credibility and protocols that have been
published in national law enforcement management publications and
law journals.

He has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master
of Public Administration degree from California State University
Northridge, earned the distinction of Certified Litigation
Specialist (CLS) from AELE, is certified by the Force Science
Research Center in use of force analysis, graduated from Police
Executive Research Forum's (PERF) Senior Management Institute for
Police (SMIP) Executive strategic management program and has
attended Harvard University Kennedy School of Government executive
education program, "Driving Government Performance."