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Peter A. Zarcone, Deputy Chief

Peter A. Zarcone

Deputy Chief
Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau


Deputy Chief Zarcone was
born in Inglewood and raised in Granada Hills, California. He
attended John F. Kennedy High school in Granada Hills and
graduated from California State University, Northridge, receiving
a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy. Upon graduation, he was
commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine
Corps, serving as an Infantry Platoon Commander and Company
Executive Officer. Upon leaving active duty, Deputy Chief Zarcone
entered the Los Angeles Police Academy in September of

As a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Deputy
Chief Zarcone deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in December
2002. While serving as the Civil Affairs Officer for the 1st
Marine Division during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Deputy Chief
Zarcone was responsible for planning civilian population and
resource control in the Marine sector. Upon reaching Baghdad,
Deputy Chief Zarcone coordinated Civil Military Operations,
including the rebuilding of civil infrastructure, coordinating
non-governmental organizations' relief efforts, and restoring
police and fire services. Deputy Chief Zarcone attained the rank
of Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve in 2008.

As a member of the Los Angeles Police Department, Deputy Chief
Zarcone has worked as a Patrol Officer, Gang Officer,
Self-Defense Instructor, Patrol Supervisor, Detective, Gang Unit
Supervisor, Task Force Supervisor, District Lieutenant, Gang
Impact Team Officer-in-Charge, Commanding Officer of Olympic
Patrol Division, and Area Commanding Officer of Hollywood and
77th Areas. Deputy Chief Zarcone is currently the Commanding
Officer of Special Operations Group.