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Kris E. Pitcher, Deputy Chief

Kris E. Pitcher

Deputy Chief
Office of Special Operations

email Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher
has been employed by the Los Angeles Police Department for the last
30 years and is currently assigned as the Commanding Officer,
Operations-Valley Bureau where he has responsibility over all
patrol, detective and specialized unit operations, personnel,
budgetary and community engagement efforts in the San Fernando
Valley and represents the Bureau at Police Commission and before
the City Council.

Prior to his promotion, he was assigned as the Assistant to the
Director, Office of Operations, Assistant Commanding Officer,
Operations-Valley Bureau, and the commanding officer of the
Department's Force Investigation Division where he directed the
investigative efforts of all officer involved shootings, in custody
deaths and UOF incidents resulting in the hospitalization of the
suspect(s). Additionally, he was responsible for the development
and implementation of investigative policy and protocol, training,
and liaison with the District Attorney, Federal Monitor and the
Inspector General, and the review and approval of all of its'
investigative products during the time the Los Angeles Police
Department was under a Federal Consent Decree. He continues to
remain engaged in the development of force-related policy and

Deputy Chief Pitcher has reviewed, approved and consulted on
thousands of non-lethal, less-lethal and lethal UOF investigations,
cases and matters during his time as a command and staff officer
with the Los Angeles Police Department, and during his time as a
UOF consultant with law enforcement agencies across the country. He
has provided UOF investigation and review instruction to numerous
police and sheriff's departments around the nation, and has spoken
at the IACP Annual Conference, numerous UOF conferences and summits
and continues to speak at UOF conferences around the country.

Deputy Chief Pitcher also serves as a Litigative Consultant for the
U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, Special
Litigation Section, where he has reviewed hundreds of UOF cases and
their subsequent adjudications for constitutionality,
reasonableness, proportionality, necessity and policy compliance
during the agency's investigation of what is known as pattern-or
practice cases. He has also provided training and consultation on
effective force investigations and review systems to several law
enforcement agencies subject to Federal Consent Decrees. In
addition to his work with the U.S. DOJ, he serves as a police
practices expert working closely with a major law firm on the west
coast, representing several major sheriff's departments in police
litigation/civil liability matters.

He graduated from California State University Northridge with the
degree of Master of Public Administration, attended the Police
Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police
(SMIP), Force Science Center's Advanced Specialist Certification
Course, and has earned an Executive Certificate in Public
Leadership from Harvard University's Kennedy School of
Government. He has been published nationally in The Police Chief
Magazine, Law and Order Magazine and the AELE Monthly Law Journal
authoring articles related to effective force investigations,
policies, procedures and adjudications.