Villegas has 29 years of progressive responsibility with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). He is a reform-minded, principled professional with demonstrated commitment to a community policing model that builds trust, reduces crime, ensures accountability and maintains a highly motivated workforce with a culture of service. His vision for policing is focusing on increased transparency to ensure trust and legitimacy, improving systems, and professional development, with the ultimate goal of reducing crime and creating improved community relations.
Currently serving at the level of Assistant Chief, he oversees the LAPD’s Office of Administrative Services, where he has effectively utilized new technologies to improve performance and reduce waste, implemented de-escalation training for all officers, and manages a $1.6B budget. Previously leading the Office of Operations, he helped write and implement new policies and procedures, including updating the Department’s Use of Force Policy, and helped prepare the operational component of the strategic plan: LAPD in 2020