President: Chief Bob Guthrie, Arcadia
Chief Bob Guthrie was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, and began working for the Arcadia Police Department, as a police cadet, in 1989 before being hired as a police officer for the City of Arcadia in 1991. Throughout his career, he has worked a variety of assignments in both the Operations and Administration Divisions, to include: Patrol Team Supervisor and Watch Commander, Detective Bureau Supervisor and Commander, Community Services Supervisor, SWAT Team Leader and Commander, Field Training Officer Commander, Force Training Unit Supervisor and Commander, and Administration Commander.
In April 2011, Chief Guthrie was appointed to the position of Interim Police Chief for the Arcadia Police Department, and in August of 2011 was appointed to the position permanently. He is the sitting president of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, and is a past president of the San Gabriel Valley Police Chiefs’ Association. Chief Guthrie is also a member of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the National Tactical Officers’ Association, the California Association of Tactical Officers, the California Police Chiefs’ Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Guthrie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. He is a graduate of the California POST Executive Development Course, the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Course, and teaches tactical science courses to law enforcement officers, supervisors, commanders, and executives alike. He is also a past graduate of the Rio Hondo Police Academy, Class 106.
1st Vice President: Chief Sharon Papa, Hermosa Beach
Chief Sharon Papa has worked in law enforcement for more than 38 years and currently serves as the Chief of Police in the City of Hermosa Beach. She previously worked at the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Police Department and the Santa Monica Police Department. She worked a variety of assignments throughout her career including Patrol, Detectives, Recruitment and Training, and a variety of administrative and special assignments. She spent eight years as the Chief of the Transit Police Department prior to the merger of that agency with the Los Angeles County Sheriff and the Los Angeles Police Department. Chief Papa transferred to the LAPD at the rank of Commander, eventually becoming the first female officer promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief.
Chief Papa was selected to serve as the Chief of Police in the City of Hermosa Beach in 2013. Since her appointment, she has focused her efforts on recruiting and mentoring staff and improving Community Outreach to strengthen relationships and partnerships with residents and businesses. She is active in many professional organizations. She is a Board Member of the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County where she was elected to serve as president for two separate terms. She spends a significant amount of time mentoring both sworn and civilian members of police agencies throughout LA County to assist in developing the future leaders in our profession.
2nd Vice President: Chief Keith Kauffman, Redondo Beach
KEITH KAUFFMAN has been a police officer since 1994 for the City of Hawthorne. His experience encompasses an array of assignments including patrol, gangs, narcotics, SWAT and more. He has served as a team-member and commander and is a two-time “Medal of Valor” recipient. He achieved the rank of Captain in 2008 and began working on the Coffee with a Cop program in 2011. Chief Kauffman holds a BA Degree from UCLA in Spanish Literature/Linguistics and an MS Degree from CSDHU in Negotiations/Conflict Management. He is also the 2014 graduate of the California POST Command College, Class 55, and winner of the Dorothy Harris Award for his published journal article.
Chief Kauffman was selected as the new Chief of Police for the Redondo Beach Police Department, CA in October of 2015.
Immediate Past President: Chief Jim Smith, Monterey Park
Chief of Police Jim Smith began his career with the Monterey Park Police Department as a Police Explorer Scout and also served as a Reserve Police Officer prior to becoming a fulltime Police Officer. He has worked assignments in Patrol, Investigations, and Community Relations. He promoted through the ranks of the Police Department and was the interim Chief of Police from September 2009 until being appointed Chief of Police in October 2011. He has also served as Monterey Park’s Interim City Manager. Chief Smith earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Los Angeles, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy’s 214th Session, the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and POST Executive Development Course.
Chief Smith is a member of LACPCA’s Political Action Committee, serves as the LACPCA representative on the LA County Criminal Justice Mental Health Project and the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee; a member of the California Police Chiefs Association and is a member of CPCA’s Legislative Committee, Body Worn Camera Workgroup, and Homeless and Mental Illness Workgroup. He is the current Training Manager and Webmaster for the California Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, and is a past president of both the San Gabriel Valley Police Chiefs Association and the San Gabriel Valley Peace Officers’ Association. He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Police Futurists International.
Chief Smith is active in the community serving as the President of the Board of Directors for the Asian Youth Center, CoChair of the steering committee for the Pacific Clinics Mental Illness and Law Enforcement Systems (M.I.L.E.S.) program, and is a member of the Monterey Park Lions Club.