Los Angeles Division Leadership

David J. Downing Special Agent in Charge
David J. Downing, Special Agent in Charge

Special Agent in Charge (SAC) David J. Downing began his service with the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1995. In his current assignment as the Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division, SAC Downing oversees the development of the counter narcotics enforcement strategy and drug law enforcement partnerships throughout seven counties in the greater Los Angeles area, the entire states of Nevada and Hawaii, the island of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

SAC Downing earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Troy State University in 1990. In addition to several DEA management training programs, SAC Downing has attended the Notre Dame University Executive Leadership Institute.

After graduating from Basic Agent Training in 1995 at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia, SAC Downing was assigned to the Houston Field Division. In this assignment, he conducted complex conspiracy investigations that targeted large-scale Colombian and Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

In 2002, SAC Downing was promoted to Group Supervisor in the Atlanta Field Division, and he was selected as the Resident Agent in Charge of the Freeport Resident Office in the Bahamas in 2006. From 2008 to 2009, SAC Downing served as the Acting Country Attaché for the Nassau Country Office. These leadership roles equipped SAC Downing with extensive experience managing the full spectrum of DEA enforcement operations involving personnel from multiple federal, state, local, and foreign agencies.

After a four year tour with DEA’s Office of Professional Responsibility beginning in 2010, SAC Downing was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the New Orleans Field Division in June 2014. In this assignment, SAC Downing served as the office head of the Little Rock District Office, overseeing all DEA operations in the State of Arkansas and leading 70 personnel.

SAC Downing began his service in the Los Angeles Division in 2015 as an Associate Special Agent in Charge. He is a proven leader with a history of effectively managing a diversified workforce, promoting unit cohesiveness and mission loyalty. SAC Downing’s successes exemplify quality execution of DEA’s mission.

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