|Chief of the City of Los Angeles Police Department|
|Los Angeles Police Department|
|Style||Chief of Police|
|Seat||Los Angeles County, California, U.S.|
|Appointer||Mayor of Los Angeles|
|Term length||5 years Renewable|
|Inaugural holder||Jacob F. Gerkens|
|Formation||December 18, 1876|
The Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department is the head of the LAPD.
|Chief||Term began||Term ended||Notes|
|Jacob F. Gerkens||December 18, 1876||December 26, 1877|
|Emil Harris||December 27, 1877||December 5, 1878|
|Henry King||December 5, 1878||December 11, 1880|
|George E. Gard||December 12, 1880||December 10, 1881|
|Henry King||December 11, 1881||June 30, 1883|
|Thomas J. Cuddy||July 1, 1883||January 1, 1885|
|Edward McCarthy||January 2, 1885||May 12, 1885|
|John Horner||May 13, 1885||December 22, 1885|
|James W. Davis||December 22, 1885||December 8, 1886|
|John K. Skinner||December 13, 1886||August 29, 1887|
|P.M. Darcy||September 5, 1887||January 22, 1888|
|Thomas J. Cuddy||January 23, 1888||September 4, 1888|
|L.G. Loomis||September 5, 1888||September 30, 1888|
|Hubert H. Benedict||October 1, 1888||January 1, 1889|
|Terrence Cooney||January 1, 1889||April 1, 1889|
|James E. Burns||April 1, 1889||July 17, 1889|
|John M. Glass||July 17, 1889||January 1, 1900|
|Charles Elton||January 1, 1900||April 5, 1904|
|William A. Hammell||April 6, 1904||October 31, 1905|
|Walter H. Auble||November 1, 1905||November 20, 1906|
|Edward Kern||November 20, 1906||January 5, 1909|
|Thomas Broadhead||January 5, 1909||April 12, 1909|
|Edward F. Dishman||April 13, 1909||January 15, 1910|
|Alexander Galloway||February 14, 1910||December 27, 1910|
|Charles E. Sebastian||January 3, 1911||July 16, 1915|
|Clarence E. Snively||July 17, 1915||October 15, 1916|
|John L. Butler||October 16, 1916||July 16, 1919|
|George K. Home||July 17, 1919||September 30, 1920|
|Alexander W. Murray||October 1, 1920||October 31, 1920|
|Lyle Pendegast||November 1, 1920||July 4, 1921|
|Charles A. Jones||July 5, 1921||January 3, 1922|
|James W. Everington||January 4, 1922||April 21, 1922|
|Louis D. Oaks||April 22, 1922||August 1, 1923|
|August Vollmer||August 1, 1923||August 1, 1924|
|R. Lee Heath||August 1, 1924||March 31, 1926|
|James E. Davis||April 1, 1926||December 29, 1929|
|Roy E. Steckel||December 30, 1929||August 9, 1933|
|James E. Davis||August 10, 1933||November 18, 1938|
|David A. Davidson||November 19, 1938||June 23, 1939|
|Arthur C. Hohmann||June 24, 1939||June 5, 1941|
|Clemence B. Horrall||June 16, 1941||June 28, 1949|
|William A. Worton||June 30, 1949||August 9, 1950||Interim Chief|
|William H. Parker||August 9, 1950||July 16, 1966|
|Thad F. Brown||July 18, 1966||February 17, 1967|
|Thomas Reddin||February 18, 1967||May 5, 1969|
|Roger E. Murdock||May 6, 1969||August 28, 1969||Interim Chief|
|Edward M. Davis||August 29, 1969||January 16, 1978|
|Robert F. Rock||January 16, 1978||March 28, 1978||Interim Chief|
|Daryl F. Gates||March 28, 1978||June 27, 1992|
|Willie L. Williams||June 30, 1992||May 17, 1997|
|Bayan Lewis||May 18, 1997||August 12, 1997||Interim Chief|
|Bernard C. Parks||August 12, 1997||May 4, 2002|
|Martin H. Pomeroy||May 7, 2002||October 26, 2002||Interim Chief|
|William J. Bratton||October 27, 2002||October 31, 2009|
|Michael P. Downing||October 30, 2009||November 17, 2009||Interim Chief|
|Charles L. Beck||November 17, 2009||June 27, 2018|
|Michel Moore||June 27, 2018||Incumbent|
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