PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU
Over the course of his tenure with the Portland Police Bureau, Chief Walsh served in a variety of assignments and ranks. Most notably, he was selected to lead the Office of Accountability and Professional Standards tasked with assessing officer use of force and discipline and creating and implementing “best practices” related to officer conduct and performance. As a Police Captain, Walsh was responsible for as many as 400 police personnel. In his final assignment in Portland, Walsh commanded the Tactical Operations Division consisting of the city’s Gang Enforcement Teams, Gun Task Force, SWAT, Crisis Negotiations Team and the Air Support Unit. He was also a founding member of the Portland Police Innovation Council working to identify innovative and creative ways to engage the community, and better use police resources to enhance community trust.
LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT
In 2014, Chief Walsh was recruited to return to the Central Coast of California, where he was raised. Walsh was sworn in as the City of Lompoc’s 11th police chief on September 15, 2014. During his 4 ½ year tenure as Lompoc’s Police Chief, Walsh implemented a number of reforms aimed at professionalizing the department, improving its relationship with the community, and bolstering officer morale, integrity and ethics. He was very involved in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara United Boys and Girls Club as well as the Lompoc Food Pantry. Chief Walsh was selected to represent all municipal police chiefs in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties on the California Police Chiefs’ Association Board of Directors.
After Chief Walsh announced his plans to leave the Lompoc Police Department in January, City Manager Jim Throop said, “Chief Pat Walsh has done an outstanding job leading the Lompoc Police Department. He exemplifies community policing at its finest, and can always be found out in the neighborhoods, getting to know those his department serves and protects. Chief Walsh is well-loved in Lompoc, and his departure will leave a hole in the heart of the Lompoc Valley. We are grateful for Chief Walsh’s time with our city.”