Assistant Chief Dominic Choi appointed to top job in interim.

Dominic Choi is sworn into his new position by Mayor Karen Bass.

Choi Is Interim Chief

On March 1, Assistant Chief Dominic H. Choi, LAPD, was unanimously appointed by the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners as the Interim Chief of the LAPD. He is the first Asian American to lead the LAPD.

Interim Chief of the LAPD Dominic H. Choi

 “This appointment will continue our work to make Los Angeles safer,” said Karen Bass. “I look forward to working with Interim Chief Choi in the coming months as he provides steady and stable leadership for our police department. Interim Chief Choi’s more than 28 years of service to this City as a member of the police department put him in a unique position to not only lead, but to grow and improve our department. I want to thank Interim Chief Choi for his willingness to accept this appointment as we work to make our City safer for all.”

Former Chief Michel Moore retired at the end of February.

The son of Korean immigrants, Interim Chief Choi was raised locally and began his career with the LAPD in 1995 after earning his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. He worked patrol assignments in a variety of divisions, rising through the ranks to Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. In 2014, he was promoted to Captain, serving in both Foothill Area and Pacific Area. In 2017, he was promoted to Commander of Operations Central Bureau and later the Department’s Homeless Coordinator. He remained in that position until he was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2019.

Congratulations to Interim Chief Choi!