2018 Speaker Information

Chief Michel R. Moore

Chief Michel R. Moore is a 36-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. He was born the second of five children in Porterville, California, and grew up in various parts of the United States, graduating high school in Conway, Arkansas. He returned to Southern California in 1978 and joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1981.

Chief Moore rose through the ranks of police officer, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant working various patrol, investigative, and administrative assignments throughout the City. Chief Moore promoted to the rank of Captain in 1998 and his assignments included assuming command at Rampart Area following the arrest of Rafael Perez and during the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Upon his promotion to Commander in 2002, his assignments were at Operations-Valley Bureau and later the Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations. In 2004, he was promoted to Deputy Chief and assumed the command of Operations-West Bureau, later transferring to Operations-Valley Bureau in 2005. In 2010, he promoted to Assistant Chief and was assigned as Director, Office of Special Operations. In that position, Chief Moore oversaw Detective Bureau and Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, as well as Citywide Jail, Property and Security Services Operations. In 2015, Chief Moore was assigned as Director, Office of Administrative Services. In that position, he oversaw the Department's fiscal, personnel, training and various support operations including the Department's command center, communications and records management. He was also the Chair of the Department's Use of Force Review Board which evaluates all Categorical Uses of Force, including deadly force and hospitalizations. In 2016, he was promoted to First Assistant Chief and was assigned as Director, Office of Operations. In that position, he oversaw the Department's geographic bureaus and patrol divisions which provide uniformed and investigative services within the City of Los Angeles. In addition, Chief Moore directed the Department's COMPSTAT process, including weekly command inspections. On June 27, 2018, Michel R. Moore was sworn in by the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the 57th Chief of Police of the City of Los Angeles.

Chief Moore attended the University of Redlands, completing a Bachelor of Science in Business and Management in 1993 and a Masters of Business Administration in 1999. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum, the Senior Management Institute for Police, the Supervisory Leadership Institute, and the West Point Leadership program. Chief Moore has completed advanced coursework in emergency management, counter-terrorism, and process improvement. He has received numerous commendations and awards for his police service including the Department's Medal of Valor, the Police Medal, the Police Star, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Chief Moore is a Director for the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, Past President of the Los Angeles County Peace Officers Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Association. He is a member of various professional organizations including the Police Executive Research Forum, the Latin American Law Enforcement Association, the Los Angeles Women Peace Officers and Associates Organization, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Chief Moore strives to promote a community policing style of leadership that stresses intelligent, partnership-oriented strategies involving community stakeholders, as well as various members of the criminal justice system.

Richard Scott Mitchem, CPP PSP

Mr. Mitchem currently serves as the Supervisory Protective Security Advisor (SPSA) for Southern California and Arizona. In this role he ensures all Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) critical infrastructure protection programs and services are delivered to state, local, and tribal stakeholders and private sector owners and operators.

Mr. Mitchem brings 13 years’ experience to his position as the Supervisory Protective Security Advisor for SoCal/Arizona, having served from 2005-2015 as the PSA for the Honolulu District, which includes Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas islands, and American Samoa; where he supported homeland security efforts, and was an advisor to four State and Territorial Homeland Security Advisors.

SPSA Mitchem oversees and manages programs to support regional planning and readiness, serves as the leader and manager for assigned PSAs, and provides administrative and technical supervision to support the accomplishment of the voluntary activities conducted to address cyber and physical risks. Represents the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) as a subject matter expert and authority on critical infrastructure protection during conferences, meetings, consortiums, panels, and studies. Leads outreach, coordinates execution of and performs vulnerability assessments for critical infrastructures and assets; acts as a physical and technical security advisor to Federal, State, and local response agencies; and supports both public and private sector partners for effective and efficient information gathering, intelligence analysis, and information sharing.

As a retired Air Force Special Agent and certified Technical Surveillance Countermeasure (TSCM) investigator, Mr. Mitchem has over 30 years’ experience and training in the fields of criminal, counterintelligence, and counterespionage investigations; risk and threat assessments, analysis of security requirements, security management and program development.

Mr. Mitchem holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education (BSOE) from Wayland Baptist University, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Chaminade University, and is also Board Certified as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and a Physical Security Professional (PSP) by ASIS International.

Darrell Blocker, Senior Intelligence Community and National Security Executive

A 2014 recipient of the CIA’s George H. W. Bush award for excellence in Counterterrorism, Mr. Darrell Blocker is an Operations Officer within the Clandestine Service of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. He will retire as an SIS-4 in October 2018 and has been working to counter CT threats to our homeland since the original Twin Towers bombing in 1993. 

Mr. Blocker’s last four command assignments at CIA were as Chief at the Directorate of Operation’s iconic training facility, Deputy Director for CTC (the titular number two in charge of all CIA terrorism operations across the globe), Chief Africa Division (responsible for all CIA operations in sub Saharan Africa), and as Chief of Station or COS of a domestic location. 

He is a 32-year member of the Intelligence Community, including four as an Air Force analyst and the last 28 working for CIA in Africa, a war zone in South Asia, and Europe.