Carl D. Charles
Chief of Police
Chief Carl Charles began his law enforcement career with the Downey Police Department in 1990 when he was hired as a police officer recruit and attended the 267th class of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy in the city of Whittier.
After graduation from the academy, Carl was assigned to patrol. In 1993, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau, where he worked as a narcotics investigator. In 1995, Carl was promoted to the rank of sergeant and subsequently returned to Patrol as a field supervisor.
In 1998, Carl became the first sergeant to head our Special Operations Unit. In addition to handling special projects, he supervised traffic, community service officers, and parking enforcement. In 2000, Carl returned to the Detective Bureau to supervise Special Investigations, which included Narcotics and Gangs, respectively. In 2002, Carl was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as a Patrol Watch Commander until May of 2004, when he was assigned to oversee Professional Standards and Training.
One year later, Carl transferred to the Detective Bureau and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2009. Over the next several years, Carl managed all three divisions and in December of 2012, he was appointed Chief of Police.
Carl has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. Carl is married and has two children.
Administrative & Detective Divisions
Captain Stephen Garza has worked for the Downey Police Department for 29 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University Long Beach. Stephen began his career as a Police Aide with Downey P.D. at the age of 19 and soon after went on to become a Downey Police Dispatcher. Graduating from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy in 1988 as a Downey Police Officer, Stephen went on to become the Department’s public relations officer, Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Detective, the Department’s first Professional Standards Lieutenant, and currently oversees the department’s Administrative and Detective divisions.
Field Operations Division
Captain Dean Milligan began his career with the Downey Police Department in 1994. After graduating from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy, he was assigned to the Field Operations Division, where he also worked as a Field Training Officer and an Accident Investigator.
He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January 2000, where he worked as a Patrol Supervisor, while also overseeing the department’s Mounted unit. In 2005 he was assigned to Special Operations, where he supervised the traffic unit.
In May 2009 he was promoted the rank of Lieutenant, where he worked as a Patrol Watch Commander until being transferred into the Administrative Division in May 2010, where he supervised the Professional Standards Unit. In February 2012, he was transferred to the Detective Division, where he was assigned until his promotion to Captain in December 2012. Dean oversaw both the Investigative and Administrative divisions until January of 2016, when he was transferred to the Field Operations division, where he remains as the Commanding Officer.
Dean received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of La Verne and his Master’s degree in Leadership from the University of San Diego. He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute. Dean and his wife, Teresa, together have four children. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and golfing whenever the opportunity allows.
Field Operations Division
Lieutenant Leslie Murray began her career with the Downey Police Department in August 1990 when she was hired as a police officer recruit. She attended the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Academy and after graduating, worked as a patrol officer. During her tenure, Leslie also worked as a Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Investigator and the Department’s Training Coordinator and Community Relations Officer. In January 2000, Leslie promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to Field Operations. In 2005, Leslie took over the supervision of the Property Crimes section of the Detective Division.
In October 2008, Leslie was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and returned to Field Operations as a Watch Commander, providing general oversight for patrol personnel. Recently, Leslie became the Administrative Lieutenant and is responsible for the Records, Neighborhood Watch, Neighborhood Preservation, Explorers, Range Staff, Use of Force Staff, and Professional Standards; which includes the hiring and training of Department personnel and Internal Affairs.
During her time with the Department, Leslie has had oversight of the Department’s Field Training Program, Jail Operations and School Resource Program. She also developed and has managed the Department’s Crime Impact Team and Peer Support Program.
Leslie is a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University at Long Beach.
Leslie has been married to her husband Daniel for twenty years. Together, they have four children. Leslie enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.
Field Operations Division
Lieutenant Kathleen Mendoza began her career with the Downey Police Department in 1991 after graduating from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy. In December 2000, Kathleen promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and in November 2009 to the rank of Lieutenant.
During her career Kathleen has served in a variety of assignments, including Field Operations, Administration and in the Detective Bureau investigating sexual assaults and crimes involving children. As a Sergeant in Patrol, Kathleen also supervised our Force Training Unit. In 2006, Kathleen was assigned to our Professional Standards Unit, overseeing Department training and conducting personnel investigations.
In November 2009, Kathleen promoted to Lieutenant and returned to Field Operations as a Watch Commander. Kathleen also oversees our Dispatch Center, Driver’s Training, and our Crime Impact Team. Kathleen is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.
Kathleen is a graduate of California State University Long Beach. Kathleen enjoys running and hockey and is an avid baseball fan.
Field Operations Division
Lieutenant Mark McDaniel began his career with the Downey Police Department in 1990 as a Police Aide. Mark attended the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy and graduated as a Downey Police Officer in 1991. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on May 17, 2010.
Lieutenant McDaniel has served as a Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Police Corporal, and Patrol Supervisor. He has also worked as a Detective in the Gang Unit and in the Special Enforcement Team (SET) assisting with the recruitment and background investigations of all police department employees. Lieutenant McDaniel also served as the Administrative Sergeant before being promoted to Lieutenant. He also served as a Patrol Watch Commander and Special Operations Lieutenant, which oversees the Traffic Division.
In December 2012, Lieutenant McDaniel was assigned to the Detective Bureau where he currently oversees the Detectives, Narcotics and Gang Unit, and Forensics and Property Room. He is also the Department’s Public Information Officer and manages the School Resource Officer Program.
Lieutenant McDaniel was born in the city of Downey and was raised in Cerritos. He is a graduate of Cerritos High School. Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach and holds a master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration. Lieutenant McDaniel is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.
Mark enjoys spending time with his family, camping and fishing, and is an avid Dallas Cowboys and UCLA Bruins football fan.
Lieutenant Alex Irizabal began his career in law enforcement in 1996 with the Hawthorne Police Department. He has been with the City of Downey Police Department since 1998. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. Additionally, Alex is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.
While assigned to patrol, Alex was selected to be part of the new School Resource Officer program in partnership with the Downey Unified School District. In addition to working patrol, Alex has worked as a Gang and Narcotics detective.
In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and in 2002 was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he was assigned to the Field Operations Division. During his career, Alex has supervised a variety of collateral assignments to include the Field Training Officer Program, Special Response Team, Use of Force Instructors, and the Range program.
In 2008, Alex was transferred to the Detective Bureau where he supervised the Robbery/Homicide unit. Alex was responsible for developing the department’s entry training program, specially designed to provide advance tactics and training to the detective bureau entry team.
Alex was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2012 and is currently a Watch Commander assigned to the patrol division. He has assumed responsibility for several areas of the department. Alex currently oversees the department’s Jail Operations as well as the Special Response Team. Alex has recently completed the P.O.S.T. Management Course.
Brian began his career with the Vernon Police Department in 1994. After three years of dedicated service, he applied for and was hired by the Downey Police Department.
Over the next seven years, Brian was assigned as a patrol officer in the Field Operations Division. During that time he promoted to the rank of Corporal and was chosen as a Field Training Officer.
In February, 2005, Brian transferred from the Field Operations Division to the Detective Bureau and worked as an Auto Theft Detective before being assigned as a Gang Investigator. In December, 2006, Brian was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was re-assigned to patrol. In 2009, he was transferred back to the Detective Bureau where he supervised investigators assigned to investigate crimes against property. While in the Detective Bureau, Brian researched, proposed, and implemented the Department’s Hi-Tech Crimes/Forensics Investigations Unit.
In July, 2012, Brian was transferred to Administration. During this assignment, he handled personnel investigations and departmental training; and also supervised two investigators responsible for the department’s background investigations and the issuing of special event permits. In December, 2012, Brian was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to patrol as a Watch Commander. Currently he is assigned to Administration and oversees Professional Standards, Training, the department’s S.E.T. Team, Neighborhood Watch, Records Bureau, along with the Park Ranger and Volunteer programs.
In 2011, Brian completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management. In 2016, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University. He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute and the P.O.S.T. Management Course.
Field Operations Division
Lieutenant Scott Loughner began his law enforcement career with the Downey Police Department in August of 1999 when he was hired as a Police Recruit. Scott completed the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy and was sworn in as a Police Officer in February of 2000.
Scott was assigned to Field Operations where he worked Patrol. Scott became a Field Training Officer and worked several collateral duties including: School Resource Officer, Explorer Advisor, member of the Special Response Team and member of the Neighborhood Preservation Team.
In February of 2004, Scott was assigned to the Administration Division as an Investigator for the Special Enforcement Team. In February of 2006, Scott was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Scott continued to work in this assignment until December of 2006, when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Scott was assigned to Field Operations where he worked as a field supervisor for Patrol. Collateral assignments that Scott supervised as a Patrol Sergeant included: Scheduling Coordinator, Field Training Program and Special Response Team.
In December of 2012, Scott was selected as the Special Operations Sergeant, where his duties included overseeing the Traffic Detail, Parking Enforcement, Police Aides, Community Service Officers and Honor Guard Detail. Scott remained in this position until March of 2013, when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Scott serves as the Watch Commander on Patrol and oversees the Canine Team.
Prior to becoming a police officer, Scott obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton, with a minor in Business Administration. Scott has continued his education and completed his Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Scott is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.