Chief of Police Darren Arakawa

Interim Chief Arakawa

Chief of Police Darren Arakawa began his career in 1991 as a Reserve Officer and became a full sworn officer in 1992. He was Promoted to the rank of Captain in 2012. In July, 2021, he was appointed as the Chief of Police. His previous experience and assignments include:

  • Administrative and Services Captain
  • Patrol Captain
  • Administrative Lieutenant
  • Detective Bureau Lieutenant
  • Patrol Watch Commander
  • Administrative Sergeant
  • Crime Impact Team Sergeant
  • Detective Bureau Sergeant
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Field Training Officer
  • Task Force Officer for the Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Narcotics Detective
  • Gang Investigator
  • Patrol Officer
  • Reserve Police Officer


Chief Arakawa is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum-Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University, California Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College, Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California. He possesses an Associates of Arts and Associate of Science Degree from Rio Hondo College, a Bachelors Degree and Master of Science Degree from California State University, Long Beach. He has completed post-graduate work at the University of La Verne in Public Administration.


To contact Chief Arakawa send an email, or contact him Monday - Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at 323-563-5408.