Compton Chamber of Commerce held a gathering to welcome and honor the recently appointed Captain La Tonya R. Clark on Saturday, March 7th at 9:00 am at the Hope in Christ Church located at 1019 N. Harris Avenue in Compton, California.
The special breakfast gathering was attended by the members of the Compton business community and clergy. The attendees had the opportunity to meet and greet Captain La Tonya R. Clark.
The goal of this gathering was to build a direct personal and engaging communication bridge between the law enforcement in the City of Compton and the business community in the city, and to encourage positive business community-law enforcement interactions. The clergy, and the business community members discussed issues and had one-on-one conversations with Captain La Tonya R. Clark. Parties got a chance to learn more about each other without “agenda and speeches.”
We thank Pastor Ed Robinson and the Hope in Christ Church for hosting this event.
About Captain La Tonya R. Clark:
In October of 2019, Captain La Tonya R. Clark was selected by the Compton (CPT) City Council, as the new Capt. of CPT Station to oversee law enforcement services in their community consisting of: The city of CPT, the unincorporated areas of Gardena, Rosewood, as well as East Rancho Dominguez. Capt. Clark is the 13th Capt. selected via Sheriff Villanueva’s Capt. selection process.
Capt. Clark has been a member of #LASD since 1990. Upon graduating from the academy, she worked at Sybil Brand Institute for Women. She worked at Carson Station where she serviced the cities of Carson, Torrance & Rancho Dominquez. She was also a member of Community Oriented Policing Team (COPS) servicing the County of Los Angeles.Capt. Clark was one of the 1st women assigned to the Dept. Gang Enforcement Team (GET) which was a component of the Dept. Operation Safe Streets Bureau (OSS). While on that team she serviced Lakewood, Norwalk, & Pico Rivera during a roving patrol operation, as well as assisted with weekly search warrants, regarding crimes against persons & property crimes.
She was also an instructor for Crime Prevention through Environmental Design training course. Additionally, Capt. Clark was a Child Abuse Investigator serving the communities of San Dimas, Walnut, Industry, South Los Angeles & Century. Moreover, she was the first Child Abuse Investigator assigned to CPT Station when the Dept. took over law enforcement responsibilities for the city of CPT.In 2002, Capt. Clark promoted sergeant & worked multiple assignments within Custody & Patrol Division.
Capt. Clark promoted to lieutenant in 2009, & worked as a Watch Commander, Service Area Lieutenant, Special Projects Lieutenant & Operations Lieutenant within various Divisions to include: Custody Division, Technology Services Division, Court Services Division & Special Operations Division working, both Transit Services & Metrolink Bureau. She was also a Chief’s Aide in South Patrol Division prior to promoting to Capt.
Capt. Clark has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Illinois.