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David J. Kowalski, Commander

David J. Kowalski

Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau

email Commander David Kowalski
has served for nearly 25 years with the Los Angeles Police
Department. He is currently assigned as the Assistant Commanding
Officer of the LAPD's Counter Terrorism and Special Operations
Bureau. This Bureau is comprised of the LAPD's specialized commands
to include Air Support Division, Emergency Services Division,
Metropolitan Division, Security Services Division, and Major Crimes

He has worked in both patrol operations and specialized assignments
throughout the LAPD in various ranks and was twice selected as
Supervisor of the Year as a Sergeant. As a Lieutenant, his
assignments included overseeing the West Bureau's Violent Crime
Task Force, the Officer in Charge of the Northeast Area Gang Impact
Team, and as the Platoon Leader for the LAPD's Metropolitan
Division "C" Platoon.

As a Police Captain, Commander Kowalski served in three different
assignments as the Commanding Officer where he was awarded the 2015
Excellence in Leadership for his impact on crime fighting and the
Law Enforcement Community Engagement Award in 2018 for his efforts
in relationship-based policing. Upon his promotion to Commander in
2018, he served as the Assistant Commanding Officer of
Operations-South Bureau, an area responsible for police services in
South Los Angeles.

Commander Kowalski is the Intelligence Commander representative for
the LAPD for the Major Cities Chiefs Association Intelligence
Commanders, who share information and intelligence between 78
police agencies from both the United States and Canada. He also
serves as the LAPD's Diplomatic Liaison and works closely with the
United States Department of State on diplomatic matters in the Los
Angeles region.

Prior to the LAPD, Commander David Kowalski honorably served in the
United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Sergeant. He is
veteran of the Persian Gulf War and the liberation of Kuwait. He
holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from
San Diego State University and a Master's Degree in Public
Administration from California State University Fullerton. He is a
graduate from the Senior Management Institute of Policing at Boston
University and the Anti-Defamation League's Advanced Training
School on Extremism. He is married and has two children.