Chief Pat Walsh

Chief Pat Walsh started his career in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1984.  In 1991, he moved to the Pacific Northwest and began working for the Portland Police Bureau.  While with the Portland Police, Chief Walsh worked a variety of assignments to include gang enforcement, narcotics, patrol, office of accountability and professional standards, tactical operations, chief’s adjutant, executive officer and the compliance coordinator for the federal settlement agreement between the United States Department of Justice and Portland.

In 2014, Chief Walsh began his current position as the Chief of Police for the Lompoc Police Department in Lompoc, California.  Chief Walsh has been the region representative for the California Police Chiefs Association since 2015.  He represents municipal police chiefs in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

Chief Walsh has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in Management Communications and Leadership and a Master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Chief Walsh wrote his master’s thesis on building trust between the community and the police.  His thesis is titled, “A Practitioner’s Guide to Trust and Legitimacy.”  Link to thesis:

Chief Walsh is committed to the study of police procedures and the ever changing science and practices that strengthen the profession.

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