- Los Angeles Unified School District
Interim Chief Leslie Ramirez Named Chief of School Police (12-08-20)
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Interim Chief Leslie Ramirez Named Chief of School Police
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 8, 2020) – The Board of Education voted unanimously today to promote Interim School Police Chief Leslie Ramirez to the permanent position of chief.
A graduate of Alexander Hamilton High School, Chief Ramirez started her law-enforcement career in 1991 as a campus officer. She has served Los Angeles Unified and the School Police as an officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, adjutant and deputy chief. She has served as interim chief since July, overseeing nearly 300 sworn officers, 90 safety officers and 30 civilian employees.
“Chief Ramirez has dedicated her career to keeping all in our school community – students, staff and their families – safe,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “Chief Ramirez’s experiences make her uniquely qualified to lead as we continue the work to create safe and welcoming environments in all of our schools.”
Chief Ramirez earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from the University of La Verne and graduated from the USC Sol Price Executive Leadership Program. She was recently appointed to the executive board of the California K-12 Police Chief's Association.
“I am honored and privileged to have been selected as Chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department,” Chief Ramirez said. “As a proud Los Angeles Unified graduate and first female chief, my appointment sends a powerful message to all those who aspire to lead and serve.
“In the last few months, we began the process of reviewing and evaluating our mission, operations and District objectives,” Chief Ramirez continued. “Our focus remains the safety of students, staff and the entire Los Angeles Unified community. The path ahead will bring a time of transition and change as we restructure our department. What remains unchanged is the importance of our role and our mission to maintain the safest educational environments and surroundings throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.”
"Chief Ramirez has done an extraordinary job,” Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic said. “She is deserving, and I am proud of her hard work. I feel she will do an excellent job."
“We are grateful to have Chief Leslie Ramirez leading our department,” Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III said. “She knows our District well as a former student and an employee of more than 20 years and now will lead school safety initiatives. Chief Ramirez will be a collaborative leader who prioritizes the needs of our students, families and our communities as it pertains to school safety.”
"Chief Ramirez is a trailblazer and a graduate of Los Angeles Unified,” Board Member Mónica García said. “We welcome her leadership as the District addresses multiple crises, including eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline, providing safe learning environments for students and recovering from this pandemic.”
“We are living in challenging times with the global pandemic and the impact of budget cuts throughout our nation,” Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson said. “I know it will be a difficult task for our School Police Department to continue serving our students and staff in an effective way. But it is not an impossible task because we have Chief Ramirez, with institutional knowledge and years of experience. She is the right person to lead this department. Congratulations Chief Ramirez, I look forward to working with you in the near future.”
“We are glad to have Chief Ramirez at the helm as we work to reimagine the role of the School Police and ensure the safety of our students and school communities,” Board Member Nick Melvoin said. “As a product of L.A. Unified, with more than two decades of service to this District, she brings both valuable insight and a fresh perspective to this leadership role.”
“We’re looking forward to working with Chief Ramirez to ensure the safety of our schools and to reimagine the role of our School Police on and off our campuses,” Board Member Jackie Goldberg said.
“Chief Ramirez is the right leader to lead the department through a necessary reimagining of our efforts to ensure student safety,” Board Member Kelly Gonez said. “I appreciate her service to Los Angeles Unified.”