Anthony DeMolina has over 29 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. His experience includes working as a patrol officer, training officer, automotive crimes detective, CRASH detective, patrol supervisor, advocate at Internal Affairs Division, and a watch commander at Air Support Division (ASD). In addition to Anthony’s law enforcement career, he recently retired from the military reserves after 30 years of service. As an Army officer, Anthony achieved the rank of colonel and was last assigned to the 76th Operational Readiness Command, a unit tasked with Homeland Defense and Security. He was previously assigned to the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs), where he was responsible for strategic initiatives and actions regarding defense support to civil authorities. He completed Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (AJPME) in July of 2013, qualifying him as a “Joint Planner” capable of synchronizing operations between other Department of Defense services, other governmental agencies, and other nations. Anthony spent three years as an instructor at the Los Angeles Police Academy and currently instructs aviation related topics at ASD. Anthony participated as a member of a Department of Defense training cadre, providing instruction on Continuity Operations to interagency personnel. He has been certified as an Antiterrorism/Force Protection Instructor since 2002. Anthony is a graduate of the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training Master Instructor Certification Course (MICC) Class 7.
As an aviator, Anthony has a diverse and vast knowledge of aviation operations. He is qualified in fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft. He has over 15 years of airborne law enforcement experience as both a command pilot and supervisor. Assigned as an aviation branch officer, his military career included deployments to Kuwait as a fixed-wing detachment commander, as well as serving in Iraq as the operations officer for a fixed-wing battalion. Anthony holds the LAPD and Army Senior Aviator badges. He has obtained the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ratings of Commercial Airplane Multi-Engine Land and Commercial Rotorcraft-Helicopter along with Instrument Airplane and Helicopter ratings. He is certified as a helicopter flight instructor and is the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Subject Matter Expert for LAPD’s Air Support Division. Anthony has examined the advantages and disadvantages of this technology as it pertains to the public service community and was a technical advisor for the development of a UAS regulatory ordinance for the City of Los Angeles. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Tulane University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.