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: https://calhoun.nps.edu/bitstream/handle/10945/37737/13Sep_Walsh_Patrick.pdf?sequence=1
Chief Walsh is committed to the study of police procedures and the ever changing science and practices that strengthen the profession.