Michel Moore

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Michel Moore
BornJuly 2, 1960
(age 58)[1]
Other names"Mike"
AwardsMedal of Valor
Police Medal
Police Star
Police Meritorious Service Medal
Police career
Department Los Angeles Police Department
Years of service37
Rank Chief of Police (57th) - 6/2018
First Assistant Chief - 2016
Assistant Chief - 2010
Deputy Chief - 2004
Commander - 2002
Captain - 1998
Police Officer - 1981

Michel Rey Moore (born July 2, 1960) is an American law enforcement official. He was appointed the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on June 4, 2018 by Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles and was ratified by the Los Angeles City Council on June 27, 2018. Moore succeeded Charlie Beck as the Chief of Police after Beck's retirement on June 27. He has worked for the LAPD since 1981.[1][2]


Moore was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in 1981. He climbed through the ranks at the LAPD, gaining a promotion to Captain in 1998 and an assignment as the Commanding Officer of the Rampart Area following the arrest of Rafael Perez. Moore was promoted to Commander in 2002 (following that promotion he was initially assigned as the Assistant Commanding Officer of Operations-Valley Bureau, followed by a term as the Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations), Deputy Chief in 2004 (assigned as the Commanding Officer of Operations-West Bureau, later transferring to Operations-Valley Bureau), and Assistant Chief in 2010. As a recently promoted Assistant Chief, Moore was assigned as the Director – Office of Special Operations (overseeing the department's Detective Bureau and Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau), and in 2015, Moore transferred to be the Director – Office of Administrative Services (overseeing the department's fiscal, personnel, training, and various support operations). In 2016, Moore was assigned as the First Assistant Chief and transferred to be the Director – Office of Operations, responsible for overseeing the department's geographic bureaus and patrol divisions which provide uniformed and investigative services to the city.[3]

During his career in the LAPD, Moore has received numerous commendations and awards for his police service including the department's Medal of Valor, the Police Medal, the Police Star, and the Police Meritorious Service Medal.[3]

In 2016, Moore was a finalist to be selected as Chief of the Dallas Police Department, which the position was eventually awarded to U. Renee Hall.

Moore's nomination was supported by African-American civic leader John Mack, who stressed Moore's expertise in community policing and his dedication to "eradicat[ing] racism and brutality within the LAPD."[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of a Spanish Basque father, and his original last name is Sanchotena. ("Michel" is the Basque and French form of "Michael," and Moore pronounces his first name "Michael.") He took his stepfather's last name after encountering prejudice in the South. In his words, he comes from "a humble background," and lived all around the country as his parents looked for work. The second of five children, Moore graduated from high school in Arkansas, and remembers seeing the family station wagon being repossessed one Christmas Day.

He is married, and has a daughter. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Business Administration from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.


  1. ^ a b Stoltze, Frank (June 4, 2018). KPCC https://www.scpr.org/news/2018/06/04/83148/second-time-s-the-charm-garcetti-appoints-michel-m/. Retrieved June 4, 2018. Moore, 57, has held nearly every top job at the department, overseeing everything from the budget to personnel to special operations. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Michel Moore named next police chief of LAPD". ABC7. June 4, 2018. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Los Angeles Police Department - Michel Moore Biography". Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Zahniser, David; Kohli, Sonali (June 22, 2018). "Civic leader John Mack, a prominent voice on Los Angeles police reform, dies at 81". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Charlie Beck
Chief of Los Angeles Police Department
Succeeded by