Mr. Arthur Miller
Chief Arthur Miller is the Chief of Police of the South Pasadena, California, Police Department (SPPD) and has over 34 years of law enforcement experience. Prior to becoming the chief of SPPD, Art was a captain with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). His experience as a staff and command officer is enormous, with a wide variety of experience in human resources, emergency operations, training, department media spokesperson and professional standards.
Chief Miller started his career as a patrol officer and was then selected to work the LAPD’s elite Metropolitan Division. While at Metropolitan Division, Art’s duties included specialized crime suppression, tactical training, surveillance and special investigations. He was then promoted to sergeant and assumed the duties of a field supervisor. As a sergeant, Art was also the assistant officer-in-charge assigned to the LAPD’s Background Investigation Unit, where he was responsible for supervising over 50 investigators and civilian personnel. His duties also included making recommendations for the selection of police candidates to enter the police academy.
As a lieutenant, Art was assigned as the Watch Commander of Southwest Area, one of the most active divisions located in South Los Angeles. Other assignments as a lieutenant included being an officer-in-charge of several specialized investigative sections in Detective Headquarters Division. Those sections included Missing Persons, Gun Unit, Threat Management Section, and Mental Evaluation Section. Art then transferred to the Ombudsman’s Office, where he managed the LAPD’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program, which provides mediation and conciliation services to 13,000 employees. The objective of the Ombudsman office was to resolve conflicts in the workplace between employees and to prevent problems from escalating to the point of personnel complaints, grievances and lawsuits.
Other assignments as a lieutenant included the Public Information Office, representing LAPD during media events and preparing press/media conferences. The Recruitment Section, where he was responsible for recruitment of police officer candidates. The Reserve Coordination Section, where Art managed the section responsible for overseeing the LAPD’s 700 reserve officers, which included recruitment, selection and training. He was then assigned to Internal Affairs/Professional Standards and oversaw the operations of the department’s internal affairs group as it related to the intake and assignment of personnel complaints, in-service training, presentation of disciplinary complaints to the Chief of Police for final adjudication, and ensuring that research documents were submitted in a timely manner.
As a captain, Art was assigned as the Patrol Commanding Officer of Hollywood Area. He commanded the uniform police officers, worked with community members to establish a permanent foot beat in the established Entertainment District in Hollywood. He was also responsible for providing law enforcement services to a 10 square mile area with a diverse population of approximately 200,000.
Art then transferred to Southwest Area as the Patrol Commanding Officer. He commanded approximately 350 sworn uniform police officers and civilian employees who provided law enforcement services to a 12 square mile area with a diverse population of approximately 195,000.
Art was then assigned as the Assistant Commanding Officer, Metropolitan Division, where his
Command responsibility was managing several specialized units that included special weapons and tactics (SWAT), K-9, Horse Mounted Unit, Under Water Dive Unit, Crime Suppression Platoons, Administrative Operations, Security Details for the Chief of Police, Mayor and City Attorney, Cadet Program and the Crime Analysis Detail.
As a Captain in Metropolitan Division, he was responsible for responding to all SWAT call outs, and while at scene lead, guided and directed the operations of SWAT personnel. Additional responsibilities included monitoring crime trends on a citywide basis and then deploying resources assigned to Metropolitan division to affected areas. He worked closely with communities throughout the city to ensure stakeholders’ needs were met. Art was responsible for the care and well being of approximately 300 personnel.
Chief Miller has a solid educational background including a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University and an Undergraduate Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He also attended numerous specialized training courses, which include Certificate-Emergency Response to Critical Incident, Command Post; Graduate-FBI National Academy; Graduate-California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Supervisory Leadership Institute; West Point Leadership Program; POST Management School; POST Supervisory Leadership Institute, Instructor Course; Juvenile Procedures; Advanced Field Officers Course; Supervisory Development Course; Tactical Communications Course; Interview and Interrogation Course; Civil Unrest Response; Quality Leadership Seminar; Sexual Harassment; Watch Commander School; Cultural Awareness; Standardized Emergency Management Systems; Problem Oriented Policing; Affirmative Action for Supervisors; Informant Management and Control; Ethical Decision Making; Tools for Tolerance; Retaliation Prevention; Incident Command System; Bicycle School; and, Urban Police Rifle.
Art was also the recipient of LAPD’s top three prestigious awards for heroism. He is a recipient of the Police Star, Police Medal and the department’s highest award, the Medal of Valor. He was the only officer on the LAPD to receive all three of the department’s highest awards.