ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE
LAWRENCE McKINNEY


Assistant Chief Lawrence McKinney grew up in a large family with 3 brothers and 3 sisters in Tacoma, Washington. He began his service career by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1978.

In 1983, after 2 years of duty as a Military Police Officer at Camp Pendleton and 2 years as a Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, he was hired by the City of San Diego as a police officer. After completing the San Diego Regional Police Academy he participated in a 6-month undercover detail targeting narcotics sales in public high schools. Upon completion he was assigned to Western Division as a patrol officer.


In 1988 Assisant Chief McKinney became a motorcycle officer.

He was promoted to sergeant in 1992 and was made a Detective Sergeant in 1994. For the next 10 years he worked at Western Division, the Gang Unit, the Jurisdictions Unified for Drug and Gang Enforcement (JUDGE) County task force, and Operational Support.

In 2002, he was promoted to lieutenant. For the next 6 years he worked assignments including Southeastern Division, Vice, Robbery, and the Narcotic Task Force (NTF).

He was promoted to captain in 2008 and assumed command of Mid City Division.

In October 2011 he was promoted to Assistant Chief and assumed responsibility for Special Operations, which includes Traffic Division, Canine, ABLE, SWAT/SRT, Operational Support and Fleet Liaison.
Assistant Chief McKinney has attended Highline College in WA. State, Miramar College, Grossmont College and National University. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Leadership Training Institute, the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy and the 246 session of the FBI National Academy.

Assistant Chief McKinney was married to his wife Angi in February 1985. They have one daughter, Denise, age 26.

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