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During his 28-year career with the Los Angeles Police Department, Robert Martin directed several of the Department’s most important responsibilities. He served as Commanding Officer of specialized detective divisions, including Commanding Officer of Detective Headquarters Division. In 1990, he founded the LAPD’s Threat Management Unit, the first of its kind in the nation. He is a founding member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, chaired its first meetings, and provided the staff support to maintain it. He served as Commanding Officer of the Emergency Control Center during such challenges as the Rodney King trial and the 1994 earthquake.
Prior to joining Gavin de Becker & Associates in 1994, he served two years as Commanding Officer of LAPD’s Personnel Division, directing employment matters for 11,000 LAPD officers and staff. He oversaw Employee Assistance programs, background investigations and evaluations of applicants. During his last year, he initiated the Department’s internal Workplace Violence program.
While with LAPD, Captain Martin pioneered the first police use of MOSAIC. The U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Reserve Board, the Central Intelligence Agency, the California State Police, and many other agencies have since adopted MOSAIC.
He was subsequently asked to represent the Department on the Advisory Board for development of the MOSAIC used to evaluate hazards in the workplace (angry former or current employees & stalkers who seek out their victims at work).
He was a lead developer on the MOSAIC system co-designed by Gavin de Becker and the United States Marshals Service, now used for evaluating threats to Federal Judges. He led the Development Team on the MOSAIC used for assessing domestic violence situations that might escalate to homicide. With it, police departments, prosecutors, and courts will apply a shared approach to separating the routine cases from the imminently dangerous.
After pioneering a new approach to specialized homicide investigations and leading a team that boasted the City ’s highest clearance rate for homicide cases (98%), he received the Meritorious Unit Citation and a special citation from the District Attorney for “Investigative Excellence.”
Upon his retirement from LAPD, he received Citations from the President of the United States, the Governor of California, the Los Angeles City Council and the Police Commission, among others. He was the recipient of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Service Excellence Award, Personnel Management Award, Olympic Planning Ribbon, and the Papal Visit Planning Ribbon. In 1987, by a resolution of the City Council, he received a special commendation for his role in the protection of the President of the United States during a major unusual occurrence.
Robert Martin completed the California Instructor Training Course and was a regular instructor at the Los Angeles Police Department Training Academy, specializing in leadership and critical-incident investigations. He taught classes at the Detective School, Sergeant School, Lieutenant School and Command Officers ’ Orientation Training. He was a consultant to the California Specialized Training Institute for two years, where he lectured on the causes and prevention of gang violence.
He was a regular lecturer on Criminal Justice matters at the California State University Long Beach. He is a California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission Certified Facilitator for their Career Integrity Workshops, a program he helped design in conjunction with the California Peace Officers’ Association.
He holds California Peace Officers Standards and Training Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, and Management Certificates, and he is a graduate of their Career Ethics/Integrity Facilitators Training Course.
In 1995, he addressed the directors of security details at the National Governor’s Association annual conference, and he has addressed threat assessment professionals at the United States Marshals Service, the Office of the Inspector General (U.S. Department of Justice), the California State Police, the U.S. Supreme Court Police, and the U.S. Capitol Police, as well as Fortune 500 companies and large universities.
He hosted and spoke at the first two Threat Management Conferences and again addressed the conference in 1996. He was a keynote speaker to entertainment industry professionals at the Conference of Personal Managers in 1990.
He addressed the President’s Commission on Mental Retardation’s Symposium on the Retarded Offender. He was a keynote speaker and panelist for the Washoe Association for Retarded Citizens at their conference on the retarded offender.
He served on the editorial staff and as assistant to the Executive Director for the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals: Report on Police, and a ghost writer for the Executive Director for their Police Chief Executive Report. He was a chapter author for The Criminal Justice System and Mental Retardation, by Conley, Luckasson, and Bouthilet. In addition he was a contributing author for the California Peace Officers’ Association’s “Model Use of Force Policy” and “Code of Professional Conduct.”
Robert Martin has been interviewed on many national news programs in connection with hazards to public figures and stalking. He has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, The Herald Examiner, USA Today,The Hollywood Reporter, New Yorker Magazine, and others.
He has served as a consultant to the Chicago Behavioral Assistance Team Project Planning Committee as they developed a region-wide response team to deal with mentally ill offenders. He has been a member of the California Peace Officers’ Association, Standard and Ethics Committee for over 25 years, and recently served on their Board of Directors for Region I. He also was a member of the Los Angeles County Peace Officers’ Association, the Steering Committee for the Links to Life Program co-chaired by the Alzheimer’s Foundation and MedicAlert, and an Ad hoc member of the Peer Counseling Steering Committee for the Los Angeles Police Department.
In addition to participating in a number of civic activities, he served as the Vice President of the Marina Del Rey Optimist Club, Parliamentarian for the Mid-City Chamber of Commerce, and as an Advisory Board Member for the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Scout Program. He is a regular contributor to the Curators Club and the San Diego Zoological Society. Along with Gavin de Becker & Associates, Robert provided principal funding for the establishment of Los Angeles County’s Domestic Violence Hotline, and provided the entire funding for the Hotline for eleven years.
Robert Martin attended El Camino College where he graduated with Honors and an Associate of Arts Degree in Police Science. He continued his undergraduate work at Long Beach State University, majoring in Business Management with a minor in Labor Relations. At the LAPD he received specialized training on Prison Gangs, Street Gangs, Anti-Terrorism, Psychiatric Emergencies, Specialized Criminal Conspiracies, and Threat Assessments and Management.