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Daniel Randolph, Commander

Daniel Randolph

Chief of Staff


Commander Daniel Randolph
began his career with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in
1990. Commander Randolph is currently the Commanding Officer of
Risk Management Legal Affairs Group. Upon promotion to the rank
of Commander, he was assigned as the Assistant Commanding Officer
of Operations-South Bureau and then transitioned as the
Commanding Officer of Internal Affairs Group. As a Captain, he
held four commands. Upon promotion to the rank of Captain, he
held his first command at Rampart Patrol Division. His second
command was as the Commanding Officer of In-Service Training
Division. It is there that he oversaw the State-mandated
Perishable Skills Program, Department-mandated continuing
education and career development training for both sworn and
civilian members. From there, he transitioned to his third
command as Commanding Officer of Training Division where his
primary attention was on Recruit Officer academy training and a
$1.5 million training and education budget for all sworn and
civilian training opportunities. Lastly, he moved back to
Operations and was the Commanding Officer of Newton Area.

His lieutenant assignments include proudly serving as the
Adjutant to Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala within the Office of
Special Operations, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Evaluation and
Administration Section in the Office of Operations, Detective
Commanding Officer at West Valley Area, Gang Impact Team OIC at
West Valley Area and Watch Commander at Hollywood Patrol
Division. His prior Department assignments include specialized
detective supervision for critical uses of force at Force
Investigation Division, training coordination, vice supervision,
Internal Affairs, community policing supervision, patrol
supervision, vice enforcement, gang enforcement and patrol.

He has several years of teaching experience. He began in 2001
where he taught throughout California for the Department of
Justice, Leadership in Specialized Units program on law
enforcement subject matters; such as, leadership, vice
operations, corruption avoidance and managing specialized law
enforcement units. In 2004, he was hired and has held an adjunct
professor position at Chapman University College, subsequently
Brandman University. His forte was in upper-division
undergraduate Criminal Justice and Sociology disciplines. In
addition to maintaining his teaching at Brandman University, in
2008 he was hired by and has held an adjunct professor position
at Los Angeles Mission College. There he taught lower-division
undergraduate classes in Administration of Justice.

His education includes a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from San
Diego State University and a Master's degree in Conflict
Management and Negotiation from California State University
Dominguez Hills. He is a graduate of the Executive Leadership
Program at the University of Southern California, the Police
Executive Research Forum, Senior Management Institute for
Police-Session No. 72, at Boston University and the Leadership in
Crises, executive education program through Harvard Kennedy
School at Harvard University.

He is married and resides in Los Angeles County. It is with great
pride that each of his sons have served their country in the US
Armed Forces. His oldest son is a veteran of the United States
Marine Corps and an LAPD Officer himself. His youngest son is a
veteran of the United States Air Force where he worked as a