Patrick Yomba ’06 finds niche in LAPD Crime and Intelligence Unit


Yomba sitting with familyAt the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Lake Erie College alumnus Patrick Yomba ’06 is leading an impressive career.

As a polylingual police officer in charge of the Crime and Intelligence Unit at the LAPD Operations West Bureau, Yomba works in areas including Hollywood, Wilshire, Pacific Palisades, Venice, Century City and the Miracle Mile. The West Bureau reported nearly 16,500 arrests for violent and property crimes in these areas in 2018 as of August 11, 2018.

Yomba, a certified crime and intelligence analyst, still finds time to patrol Los Angeles, wearing his blue uniform in a black and white police car, he said.

“My living experiences on three different continents, Africa, Europe and America, have made it easier to assimilate to new environments, different people, races, ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds—very useful skills when you serve a very diverse city such as Los Angeles,” he said.

He lives in nearby Santa Clarita, California with his wife and two sons. Outside of work, he enjoys playing soccer, running, and cycling and has a particular passion for higher education and youth development advocacy.

Yomba sitting with Cameroon's Army Chief of StaffAmong the powerful figures he has met in his career are General Rene Meka, Cameroon's Army Chief of Staff, Janet Napolitano, Former Secretary of Homeland Security, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

After emigrating from Cameroon, West Africa to Los Angeles, California in 2003, Yomba attended a community college in East Hollywood. He had previously studied at Munich University of Technology while living in Munich, Germany.

Yomba finally transferred to LEC in the fall of 2004. As an LEC student, Yomba gained enormous leadership and teamwork experiences as a scholarship athlete on the men’s soccer team. The native French speaker, fluent in German and English as well, benefited from assisting LEC professors of French and German. In May of 2006, he graduated with a double major in accounting and chemistry.

Returning to California, he was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on December 5, 2007. He has since worked a variety of assignments primarily at the Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, some in tandem with the Department of Homeland Security.

Yomba with Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiHe began graduate studies at California State University Northridge in 2009 and graduated a year later with a Master of Science in Engineering Management. Although he considered a career as a chemical engineer, his devotion to “justice for all,” he says, steered him towards the field of law enforcement.

“I strongly believe applying my educational background and international experiences to serve the city of Los Angeles is a way to return the great opportunities that were made available to me since I left my native country, Cameroon,” he shared. In 2015, Yomba was promoted to his supervisory role.

He aspires to join an international organization that helps people in developing countries, especially those in his native continent, Africa.

From international student to global citizen, Yomba’s journey embodies the LEC mission of preparing students to lead lives of personal significance and professional success.

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