11 years of experience in law enforcement
23 years of technical experience
Since 1991, Chris has worked in the technical arts field as an engineer. His technical career began with multiple San Diego audio, visual and lighting companies. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Police Department, Chris shared ownership of a technical solutions company that specialized in technical sales, events, and installations.
As a sworn member of the LAPD, Chris began his law enforcement career at the Wilshire Community Police Station and continued onto the 77th Street Community Police Station in South Los Angeles. While at 77th, Chris’ technical expertise quickly was recognized by the command staff.
Assisting two separate Commanders, he established two new units within the department:
Criminal Gang Homicide Division which combines homicide detectives from the three most active South Los Angeles divisions with a bureau-wide Gang Enforcement detail, Cold Case Detectives and the District Attorney’s office.
Online Investigative Support Unit which specifically focuses on assisting homicide detectives in their investigations. Utilizing Facebook, MySpace, Craigslist and many other social networking forums, Chris assisted detectives in finding suspects, witnesses, victims, and evidence.
After completing his tour with the Criminal Gang Homicide Division, Chris rejoined the 77th Division and assisted the VICE Unit in designing and implementing a camera system that would allow Detectives and Officers to monitor prostitution hot spots without having to leave the station.
Chris was then hand-picked for a special task force of seven officers that had the specific mission of creating the Event Action Plan for the 2011 Los Angeles NBA All Star Event. During the planning process, Chris designed and organized the Command Post and was specifically tasked with introducing new technology. He designed and implemented a database style log that allowed multiple agencies to input information into the log simultaneously. Chris also introduced new technology in the form of a digital TouchTable mapping system that provided enhanced situation awareness for the command staff.
After the NBA All Star Event, Chris returned to the 77th Street Division where he created the Technical Investigative Support Unit which assists the department’s detectives.
Currently, Chris is the coordinator and created the Departments first social networking investigative units, the Cyber Support Unit. This unit is located in each of the Departments’ geographical bureaus. Once the bureau model is complete, it will be extended to each LAPD division and will consist of over fifty sworn personnel.
In addition to his duties at the LAPD, Chris is a certified POST Master Instructor and has created numerous Social Media Investigations courses, which he has taught in multiple states for various law enforcement agencies. Also, as a POST committee member, he assisted with the creation of the statewide law enforcement training for social networking.
Additional Technical Background:
C.A.S.T. Academy / Mission Theater – Technical Director / Theater Manager
Fallbrook High School, Center for the Performing Arts – Technical Director
El Camino High School, Performing Arts Center – Technical Director / Theater Manager
Saudi Media Systems, Riyadh Saudi Arabia – Projects Manager
CNN, Republican National Convention – Video Engineer
POST Instructor Development Institute – Master Instructor Certification Course Class-7
POST Instructor Development Institute – Level-III
POST Instructor Development Institute – Level-II
Robert Presley ICI Instructor Course
POST Identity Theft Course
Homeland Security Intelligence Toolbox Training Course
POST Computer Investigation of Websites Course
Court Certified Subject Matter Expert – Technical investigations