Michael Downing

Michael Downing

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Areas of Expertise

  • Community policing in the context of counterterrorism: convergence strategy
  • Lessons for counter-radicalization learned from anti-gang efforts

Deputy Chief and Commanding Officer, Counterterrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Los Angeles Police Department

Michael Downing was appointed to LAPD in 1982 and progressed through the ranks, promoting to Deputy Chief in April 2007.

Chief Downing is the Commanding Officer, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, where he oversees Major Crimes Division, Emergency Services Division, Metropolitan Division, Air Support Division, and Emergency Operations Division. These divisions include the Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Section, Criminal Investigative Section, Organized Crime, Surveillance Section, Hazardous Devices Section, Operation Archangel, LAX Bomb K-9 Section, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Mounted Unit, Underwater Dive Team, and Emergency Preparedness and Response.

He completed a two-month secondment to the New Scotland Yard's Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command SO-15 and has testified before Congress relative to radicalization, intelligence, homeland security, and information sharing.

Deputy Chief Downing attended the University of Southern California where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1982, completed POST Command College in 1997, and the FBI Leadership in Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) in 2007.