Los Angeles Police Commission
Rose Matsui Ochi
Commissioner, Los Angeles Police Commission
Rose Matsui Ochi was appointed to the Board of Los Angeles Police
Commissioners by Mayor James Hahn in August of 2001. At that time,
she was elected Vice President of the Commission. Commissioner Ochi
has extensive experience as a lawyer and criminal justice executive,
both at the local and national level. She is nationally recognized
as an expert speaker and instructor regarding justice system reform
including law enforcement integrity and accountability, crime and
drug policy, police-community relations, hate crimes, race relations,
and civil rights. She has the distinction of being the first Asian
American woman to serve at the Assistant Attorney General level.
Commissioner Ochi began her career as a Secondary Teacher for Los
Angeles Unified Schools and the Montebello Unified School District.
While completing her Juris Doctor at Loyola Law School, she served
the United States Attorney, Central District of California in the
capacity of Law Clerk through the Loyola Clinical Program. Commissioner
Ochi then served as Staff Attorney at University of Southern California,
Western Center on Law and Poverty along with being a Reginald Heber
Smith Fellow. At the center, her particular expertise was in the area
of education and criminal and juvenile justice. She conducted law
reform litigation serving as co-counsel of record in a landmark education
reform case, Serrano vs. Priest.
Commissioner Ochi then began a 20-year career with the City of Los
Angeles, Office of the Mayor, Criminal Justice Planning Office. She
served in the capacity of Program Coordinator, Legislative & Research
Coordinator, Deputy Director, and Director, the latter for 19 years.
In this position, she managed administration of justice related policy
and program development. She designed numerous innovative programs
and justice system improvements including community policing, domestic
violence prosecution, drug enforcement, treatment and prevention,
gang violence reduction, problem oriented policing and reviewed policy
matters including juvenile justice reform, and crime control. She
advised the Mayor, City Council and the Los Angeles Police Department
regarding administration of justice policy and program matters.
In 1995, Commissioner Ochi became the Associate Director of the Office
of National Drug Control Policy at the White House. There, she managed
the Bureau of State and Local Affairs (BSLA), handling intergovernmental
relations with law enforcement and drug related agencies. She directed
the BSLA in the formulation of policy, legislation, and regulations
focusing primarily on domestic law enforcement issues. Commissioner
Ochi oversaw the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program and
designed the Break the Cycle Program. She also represented the President
and the Drug Czar at conferences and hearings.
From 1997 to 2001, Commissioner Ochi was the Director of Community
Relations Service (CRS) for the Department of Justice (DOJ). She was
responsible for the overall management of CRS, which is a federal
race conciliation agency (over 50% of the conflicts involve law enforcement
practices). She set policy direction and conducted strategic planning
and management reviews of ten regional offices. She also represented
the President and the Attorney General before Congress, with state
and local governments, and the general public regarding improving
police community relations, police integrity and accountability, hate
crimes, and race relations.
Commissioner Ochiís work has resulted in her being recognized through
numerous awards including the US DOJ Attorney General Randolf Award
for Distinguished Service, the FBI Directorís Award for Exceptional
Service, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
for Outstanding Contributions, the Pat Brown Institute Outstanding
Community Service Award, and the Hispanic American Command Officers
Associationís Aguila Eagle Award, among many others.
An expert in the area of police and community relations, Commissioner
Ochi has testified before Congressional hearings including Senate
Judiciary, Select Narcotics, Crime, Government Efficiency, House Judiciary,
Human Resources and Juvenile Justice. She has also spoken before the
2001 White House Conference on Human Relations and the 2000 White
House Hate Crime Summit among other distinguished bodies.
Commissioner Ochi serves on several boards of community-based organizations.
She is the Vice Chair At Large of the Corporate Board of the United
Way along with serving as the Chair of the Community Issues Council
and Global Cities Task Force. She also serves on the LA 2000 Partnership
Ethnic Diversity Task Force, The Ethnic Coalition, California Leadership,
Manzanar Committee, Manzanar Historic Site Advisory Commission, and
the Japanese American Citizens League, of which she is the National
Vice President. Commissioner Ochi is also active in several professional
organizations including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the
State Bar of California and the Japanese American Bar Association.
Commissioner Ochi resides in the City of Los Angeles and is married
to Thomas H. Ochi, architect.