Alhambra’s new police chief, Mark Yokoyama, grew up near the old Rampart police station on Temple Street in what is now called Historic Filipinotown. Yokoyama, whose department has been in the news after one of its officers was killed earlier this month, tells Alhambra Source about the dangers of his old neighborhood and how it influenced his career choice:
I grew up in a pretty rough part of LA — in the Rampart area, right near the old Rampart police department. I’d see drive-by shootings, I’d see stabbings. I had a chance to see the police a lot. Fortunately I stayed on the good side of the law. The way the police treated me, interacted with me, plus my general interest in what they were doing — it just came together. Since high school I knew that it was what I wanted to do.
Yokoyama, Alhambra’s first Asian-American police chief, joined the San Gabriel Valley police force in June after previously heading the Cypress Police Department.