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David Bowdich named assistant director in charge of FBI Los Angeles

Director James B. Comey has named David Bowdich the assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office. Since September 2012, Bowdich has served as special agent in charge (SAC) of the Los Angeles Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division. In that role he led the Joint Terrorism Task Force, responsible for all counterterrorism investigations and operations in the Los Angeles region and surrounding counties, as well as overseas investigations in Southeast Asia. As SAC, Bowdich was also in charge of all Los Angeles Crisis Response assets.

Bowdich began his career as a special agent in 1995 and was assigned to the San Diego Field Office, where he investigated violent crimes and gangs and served as a SWAT team member and sniper. He led a yearlong wiretap investigation that culminated in the first federal racketeering convictions ever to be brought against street gang members in the Southern District of California.

In 2003, he was promoted to FBI Headquarters, where he served in the Safe Streets and Gang Unit. In late 2005, he returned to San Diego and supervised a multi-agency gang task force. In this role, he led agents and detectives who investigated racketeering and drug cases against the Mexican Mafia, Bloods, Crips, and the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club using wiretaps and undercover operations.

Bowdich was selected as the assistant special agent in charge of the San Diego Field Office in 2009. In this role, he oversaw all non-white-collar criminal violations and the Imperial County Resident Agency. He recognized an emerging kidnapping trend perpetrated by Mexican cartel-related criminal enterprises. In response, he formalized and initiated the first FBI hybrid squad in the country designed to target the threat posed by the kidnapping cells operating on both sides of the United States and Mexican border. Within one year, the interagency squad constructed a large-scale RICO case against 43 cartel members and associates who operated multiple kidnapping cells in the San Diego region. During this assignment, Bowdich also oversaw the murder investigations of two United States Border Patrol agents who were killed in the line of duty.

In 2011, Bowdich was selected to handle the transition of a new FBI Director given that Director Mueller’s 10-year term expired in September 2011. After Director Mueller received a two-year extension, Bowdich was named as the special assistant to the associate deputy director.

Before joining the FBI, Bowdich served as a police officer and detective with the Albuquerque Police Department. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University and a Master’s Degree in leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He is married and has two children.


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