Local Hero: Terry S. Hara

Terry S. Hara

"I enjoy working with people, being with people...to see the diverse community of Southern California come together to enjoy culture and involve themselves in our culture is priceless."

Deputy Chief Terry S. Hara is the Commanding Officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Personnel and Training Bureau (PTB), the first Asian American awarded that rank. As the Commanding Officer of PTB, he is responsible for overseeing the administration of human resources for the Department and the training of police recruits. In addition to his numerous accolades in law enforcement, Deputy Chief Hara also deeply believes in giving back to the Asian Pacific American community, volunteering with a variety of educational and cultural organizations.

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Deputy Chief Hara joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in February 1980 and has worked in a vast array of positions for the department. Some of these assignments included undercover work as a narcotics officer, uniformed patrol, and traffic accident investigation. Additionally, Deputy Chief Hara worked extensively in the administrative arena of the police department as a staff writer for the Use of Force Review Section, as patrol supervisor, and as a supervisor of academics for recruit training, He also previously held the position of the Department's Employee Relations Administrator (ERA) for the Chief of Police. As the ERA, he was responsible for serving as official liaison between Department management, investigating and resolving grievance matters at the Chief of Police level of review. He holds numerous law enforcement honors and accreditations as well, including certifications from the FBI Explosives Unit-Bomb Data Center Hazardous Devices School, Executive Management Course and the LAPD's West Point Leadership and Command Program.

In addition to his many responsibilities and experiences in law enforcement, Deputy Chief Hara continues to encourage involvement in his community by chairing and co-chairing several different community organizations. He is on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, dedicated to memorializing the Police Department's role in the history of Los Angeles. Deputy Chief Hara was a past president of the Nisei Week Foundation and the Japanese American Optimist Club of Los Angeles. He also serves as a board member for the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, the Japan America Society and the Go For Broke National Education Center. He is particularly proud of the outreach work he has also done around the globe, strengthening relationships with police departments in Korea, Thailand, and China, as well as creating strong bonds between disparate Asian communities here in Los Angeles. Deputy Chief Hara is married to his wife Gayle, a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, and has two children, son Mark and daughter Kimberly.


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