Biography of the Year

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Patricia L. Blake

Title: Police Lieutenant
Industry: Government
Type of Organization: Police Department
Major Product/Service: Providing law enforcement services
Expertise: Ms. Blake is currently retired. She has over 33 years experience. She was an Acting/Assistant Detective Commanding Officer and Acting Patrol Watch Commander. Ms. Blake was responsible for crime analysis, crime strategies and cutting edge predictive policing within the Foothill area. She has continued to work with the department as a Reserve Officer in Charge of the unique mounted Valley Community Cavalry Rough Riders. Ms. Blake recently wrote a factual book about her career with the L.A.P.D.
Geographic Area of Distribution: Los Angeles, California
Affiliations: Los Angeles Women Police Officer's Association
University/Degree: B.A., California State University of Northridge; M.A., Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix; Completed West Point Leadership Course, L.A. Police Department, 2003
Born: Oregon
Hobbies/Sports: Church activities, racquetball, horseback riding, jogging
Work History: Ms. Blake worked field patrol in the Rampart Area from 1984 through 1993. She was part of a hand-chosen Special Problems Unit in the Wilshire Area in 1993. As a Sergeant, Ms. Blake was assigned the OIC of a Gang CRASH Unit at the Van Nuys Division from 1995 through 1999. She was assigned as a staff researcher for the Chief of Police in 2000 and an Internal Affairs Unit Researcher prior to promotion of Lieutenant in 2005.
Honors & Awards: First female Senior Lead Officer, Rampart Area, 1989; Officer of the Year, Rampart Area; Meritorious Unit Citation for Officer in Charge of hand chosen Special Problems Unit, Wilshire Area; Participant in the annual international law enforcement "Baker-to-Vegas" 120 mile relay run, 10 times
Published Works: 1 book, "Touched by the Hand of God in the City of Angels" ISBN# 978-1-63961-246-8
Career Accomplishments: Lt. Blake is the Officer in Charge of and is heavily involved with the LAPD Community Cavalry Rough Rider (CCRR) volunteer horse and rider unit. This is a unique citywide program that works hand-in-hand with local sworn cadre personnel. The CCRR has proven to be invaluable representatives of "good will" and public outreach, particularly with local children who have embraced the program and look forward to interacting with both the riders and their horses. They conduct search and rescue, park, dam and trail patrol, evacuation and emergency preparedness, high visibility "observe and report" theft prevention in the bigger parking lots, Color Guard presentation and parades.