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Michael W. Odle, Captain III

Michael W. Odle

Captain III
Mission Division

email Captain Michael W. Odle was
born in the City of Hanford, California, and lived throughout the
State of California during his youth. In March 1974, Captain Odle
enlisted in the United States Army, where he served as a Military
Policeman assigned to the 25th Military Police Company, 25th
Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

In May 1979, Captain Odle fulfilled his dream to be a police
officer and joined the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Captain Odle worked in the Southwest Area from 1979-1982, where he
completed his probation. In 1982, he transferred to the 77th Street
Area as a Field Training Officer. In 1983, Captain Odle entered the
ranks of Metropolitan Division assigned to B-Platoon. In 1985, he
moved to D-Platoon, the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team. In
1996, he spent the next seventeen years as a SWAT Element
Leader.

After spending nearly 28 years in SWAT, Captain Odle promoted to
the rank of sergeant in November 2012. He was assigned to the
Hollywood Area, first as a Patrol Supervisor, and then as a Vice
Supervisor. In 2013, Captain Odle transferred to the Use of Force
Review Division (UOFRD) as the OIC of the Strategic Analysis Force
Education (SAFE) Unit. Following his tour at UOFRD, he moved to
Training Division as the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the Patrol
Rifle and Tactical Shotgun (PRTS) Program. In November 2016,
Captain Odle promoted to the rank of lieutenant and transferred to
the Wilshire Area as a Watch Commander. In February 2018, he
transferred to In-Service Training Division as the OIC of the Field
Operations Training Section. In September 2019, Captain Odle
promoted to the rank of Captain and transferred to the 77th Street
Area as the Patrol Commanding Officer. In August, 2020, Captain
Odle transferred to the Mission Area as the Patrol Commanding
Officer.

Captain Odle was awarded the Los Angeles Police Department's Medal
for Valor, the Department's Police Medal, the Department's Police
Star with two bronze clusters, the Los Angeles Police Commission
Medal with a bronze cluster, and the Police Meritorious Unit Medal.
Captain Odle received the National Association of Police
Organizations "TOP COP" award in 2010.

Captain Odle is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisor
Leadership Institute, The Los Angeles Police Department West Point
Leadership Program, The Criminal Justice Commission for Credible
Leadership Development Program, and the University of Southern
California Law Enforcement Advanced Development Certificate
Program. Captain Odle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Emergency Services Management from the Union Institute &
University and an Executive Master of Leadership Degree from the
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Captain Odle is married to a retired Police Officer, his lovely
wife Donna, who proudly served 23 years with the LAPD before her
retirement in 2017. He has an identical twin brother, Mark, who
honorably retired from the California Highway Patrol as the
Commanding Officer of the Newhall Area in 2015. Captain Odle is the
proud father of five children and three grandchildren. He enjoys
biking, weight training, and other outdoor activities. Captain Odle
believes there is no higher calling than that of a public servant
and is grateful for his opportunity to serve. Captain Odle's
mission statement is: Live Life with Purpose, Passion, and Packed
Parachutes!