Commander David Lazar was ten years old when he decided he wanted to be a San Francisco police officer. He is a fourth-generation San Franciscan, born and raised in both the Richmond and Sunset Districts. After graduating from Downtown High School in the Mission District, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary’s College. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, Massachusetts.
Lazar joined the SFPD in 1991 and has worked in eight of the ten district stations as well as serving in the Investigations Division and Special Operations and Administration bureaus. In 2017, Lazar took command of the newly restructured Community Engagement Division, overseeing several programs intended to improve police-community relations.