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Debra J. McCarthy, Deputy Chief

Debra J. McCarthy

Deputy Chief
Professional Standards Bureau

email Deputy Chief Debra McCarthy is the Commanding Officer of
Professional Standards Bureau.

Deputy Chief McCarthy moved to the Los Angeles area in 1980 and
started a career with Hughes Aircraft Company. In 1988, she left
Hughes and joined the Los Angeles Police Department. As a police
officer, Deputy Chief McCarthy worked Newton and Pacific. She
promoted to Police Officer III (Field Training Officer) in 1990 and
Police Officer III+1 (Senior Lead Officer) in 1991, both in Newton.
She promoted to Sergeant in 1993 and worked both West Los Angeles
and Harbor Patrol. In 1996, she promoted to Sergeant II (Assistant
Watch Commander) in Harbor Division and in 1998 she promoted to
Lieutenant and was assigned to Southeast patrol. She promoted to
Lieutenant II in 1999, and was assigned to Rape Special Section of
Robbery-Homicide Division. In 2002, she promoted to Captain I and
was assigned to West Los Angeles Operations-Support Division, where
she remained until she promoted to Captain II in May 2003. In April
2005, she was promoted to Captain III and Commanding Officer of
Rampart Area. On May 14, 2006, she was promoted to Commander. In
January 2010, she was promoted to Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief McCarthy was born in Providence Rhode Island in 1960.
She was raised in Jamestown and is the fourth of eight children.
She is also a past Vice President of the Los Angeles Woman Police
Officers Association. Deputy Chief McCarthy is married. Her husband
is a Commander for the Los Angeles Police Department, and he is the
Assistant Commanding Officer of Detective Bureau. The McCarthy's
have two daughters.