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Gerald Woodyard, Commander

Gerald Woodyard

Commander
Community Engagement Group

email Commander Gerald A.
Woodyard
was born in Mobile and is the youngest of three
children. As a young child, his family moved from Alabama to
Sacramento, California.

Commander Woodyard attended Long Beach State University on a
football scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science
Degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Law Enforcement. In
1994, Commander Woodyard joined the Los Angeles Police Department
and upon graduating from the Police Academy was assigned to
Southwest Division. His other assignments as a Police Officer
included Northeast Division, Southeast Division and Training
Division as a Physical Training and Self-Defense instructor. In
2002, he was promoted to a Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he was assigned
to Harbor Division, Operations-South Bureau, and Counter-Terrorism
and Criminal Intelligence Bureau.

Commander Woodyard promoted to Lieutenant in 2008, and returned to
Southeast Division as a Watch Commander. In 2011, Commander
Woodyard was promoted to Lieutenant II as the Officer-in-Charge of
Community Relations Section, and was responsible for identifying
and fostering relationships with key stakeholders on behalf of the
Chief of Police.

In January 2012, Commander Gerald Woodyard was promoted to the rank
of Captain I as the Commanding Officer of Southwest Patrol Division
where he was responsible for leading over 400 sworn and civilian
personnel. In September 2012, Commander Woodyard was transferred to
Southeast Patrol Division where he was responsible for leading over
395 sworn and civilian personnel. In October 2013, Commander
Woodyard was transferred to Harbor Area Patrol Division where he
was responsible for leading over 336 sworn and civilian
personnel.

Commander Woodyard was promoted to Captain III in March, 2014 and
was assigned the Area Commanding Officer of Harbor Area and
Southwest Area.

Commander Woodyard was promoted to the rank of Commander on April
2, 2017, and was assigned as the Assistant Commanding Officer,
Operations-South Bureau. Commander Woodyard is currently assigned
as Commanding Officer of Community Engagement Group.

Commander Woodyard is married and is the father of three children.
Commander Woodyard currently resides in Riverside County and he is
an active member of Eastside Christian Church.