Alex Padilla is a Special Investigator with the Los Angeles Board of
Police Commissioners, Office of the Inspector General, where he is
assigned to the Use of Force Section. In that capacity, he oversees the
Los Angeles Police Department's investigations into its most critical
and high-profile incidents, including officer-involved shootings, other
uses of deadly force, and in-custody deaths.
Prior to joining the Office of the Inspector General in 2011, Mr.
Padilla worked for One West Bank as the Vice President of Corporate
Security. He was responsible for the administrative oversight and
leadership of Physical Corporate Security. He was responsible for
critical system analysis, handling sensitive investigations,
implementation of policies and procedures, and maintaining effective
communication with executive staff, coworkers and customers.
Mr. Padilla's law enforcement career spans 30 years of service with the
Santa Monica Police Department, where he retired as a Captain in
December of 2009. During his tenure with the department, he was
Implementing policies and procedures
Preparation and review of personnel and disciplinary investigations
Setting department-wide goals and objectives
Staffing and deployment of personnel for major incidents/events
Mr. Padilla also served as the commander for the Crisis and Hostage
Negotiation Team, Field Training Officers Program, Liability Assessment
Unit, Youth Services Division and the Special Enforcement Division.
In addition to public safety, Mr. Padilla believes very strongly in
giving back to the community. He is an executive board member and
volunteer for several community organizations such as:
- American Cancer Society - Relay for Life
- Elks Lodge
- Knights of Columbus
- Moose Lodge
- National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
- Salvation Army
Mr. Padilla is the immediate past president of the Los Angeles Chapter
of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, which is a
national executive law enforcement leadership organization. Mr. Padilla
served as the Chairperson for the City of Inglewood's Citizen Police
Mr. Padilla has a bachelor's degree in Business Management from the
University of Redlands. He is a graduate of the Police Officers Standard
of Training (POST) Executive Development Course, the Police Executive
Research Forum's Senior Management Institute Program (SMIP), which is
taught by professors from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and is
a graduate of POST Command College Class 46, a master's level program
focused on the future of law enforcement.
Mr. Padilla has resided in the City of Inglewood's 2nd District for over
25 years with his wife, Stella and their three adult children -
Priscilla, Alejandro and Miguel.
Mr. Padilla is the author of "Police Dormitories - Build it and They Will Come."