March 12, 2014 – In an empty parking lot overlooking the City of Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium the sworn and civilian employees of the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau stood at attention as Police Chief Charlie Beck and Deputy Chief Michael Downing walked the ranks, inspecting the officers in their formal Class A uniforms from head to toe. Stopping to speak with officers individually, Chief Beck took the opportunity to thank each one for their service to the City.
“The threats we face today are changing quickly. They are more diffused and complex, said Chief Downing. “Support each other, care for one another, and find joy in what you do. You are in the best profession in the world – in my opinion – there is great purpose and meaning in what you do. Not only do you protect humans from physical harm, you protect a society’s civil liberties/civil rights so that they can be free to choose their faith, express their ideas, keep their traditions, chose their sexuality, appeal to the government, protest or demonstrate against policies they perceive as unfair and compete on an equal playing field – we protect all that as well. This is the great American lifestyle and being American is perhaps the greatest opportunity and advantage we have in the free world.”
Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau consists of a variety of specialized divisions which include Major Crimes, Air Support, Emergency Services, Emergency Operations, and Metropolitan Division. Metropolitan Division includes SWAT, Mounted Unit, Bomb Squad, K-9, Underwater Dive Unit and Dignitary Protection Detail. Combined these divisions’ primary focus is to prevent terrorist attacks and protect societies civil liberties and civil rights.
Every division in the Department holds formal inspections from time to time. It serves as an opportunity for sworn and civilian employees to build comradery and to return to the basics of police formalities.