About Patricia L. Blake
Patricia L. Blake is a retired police lieutenant with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). She has over 33 years of experience and has served as an Acting Patrol Commander, Acting Deputy Detective Commander and Patrol Shift Commander in three separate divisions. Lt. Blake was part of a team responsible for cutting edge crime analysis, crime strategies and predictive policing in the Foothill area. She is currently an active LAPD reserve police officer.
Recently Lt. Blake published his book “Touched by the Hand of God in the City of Angels – SEND ME!” a dramatic account of his career with the LAPD The book details the human and emotional side of police work with personal accounts of intense life and death incidents. She provides personal insight into the grief and emotional impact of the tragic incidents she has witnessed throughout her career. The book puts the reader in the driver’s seat of a “shotgun” as field officers respond to “gunshot” radio calls, “officer needs help” broadcasts, tense vehicle chases and dangerous combative suspects. Lt. Blake also provides powerful testimony to a traumatic event in her youth in which she experienced a miracle that impacted and changed the rest of her life, inspiring her to become a police officer. “Touched by the Hand of God in the City of Angels – SEND ME!” can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes.
For Lt. Blake and most police officers, law enforcement is a true calling to protect the innocent and vulnerable and to make a difference. “I realized that my story could make a difference with people who find themselves in times of terror, stress or despair. It is important for them to know that there is a higher power who cares about you and is here for you. I hope it makes a difference in people’s lives,” Lt. Blake says. “And I hope they get new insight and perspective on police officers. I believe most of us are here for the right reason.
During his long career, Lt. Blake was the officer in charge of the volunteer LAPD Valley Community Cavalry Rough Riders (VCCRR) horse and rider unit and was heavily involved with it. This unique citywide program works hand-in-hand with local sworn staff. The VCCRR is an invaluable representative of “goodwill” and public awareness, especially with local children who have embraced the program and are eager to interact with the riders and their horses. They perform search and rescue, patrol parks, dams and trails, evacuation and emergency preparedness, high visibility theft prevention “watch and report” in larger parking lots, the Color Guard presentation and parades. Upon retirement, Lt. Blake worked with the department as the reserve officer in charge of the Valley Mounted Community Cavalry Rough Riders.
Lt. Blake was also the officer in charge (OIC) for several specialist units. She worked on field patrol in the Rampart area from 1984 to 1993. Upon her promotion to Sergeant, she was assigned as the OCI of a hand-picked special problems unit in the area from Wilshire in 1993. Patricia Blake was later assigned to the OCI of a Gang CRASH unit. at the Van Nuys Division from 1995 to 1999. She was then assigned as a staff researcher to the chief of police in 2000 and an internal affairs unit researcher before promotion to lieutenant in 2008, where she oversaw a very efficient team from the parole unit at West Valley Zone on the detective floor.
In addition to being named Distinguished Retiree, Lt. Blake has received numerous other awards. She has been featured on the famous Reuters billboard in New York’s Times Square and has also been chosen by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for numerous accolades including the prestigious Biography of the Year, Woman of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award. She was recognized as one of the first two female Field Training Officers (FTOs) at Rampart and became the first female Senior Senior Officer (SLO) at Rampart Area in 1989.
She was also recognized as Officer of the Year in the Rampart area in 1987. She was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation as the OCI of a hand-selected special issues unit in the Wilshire area. Lt. Blake is also affiliated with the Los Angeles Women Police Officers and Associates, where she was recognized for her outstanding leadership, mentorship, and excellence with the Los Angeles Police Department in 2015. She has participated ten times in the Annual International Law Enforcement “Baker-to-Vegas” 120-mile team relay race.
Born in Oregon, Patricia received her BA from California State University at Northridge and her MA in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She completed the West Point Leadership Course through the Department in 2005.
In retirement, Patricia enjoys being active in church activities, racquetball, horseback riding and jogging.
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