Assistant Chief Darnell Dwight Davenport was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Susan B. Miller Dorsey High. Davenport continued his education at California State University, Northridge where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He also attended California State University, Fullerton where he obtained his Master’s in Public Administration. Davenport is a graduate of the Federal Bureau Investigation, National Academy, Class of 253.
Prior to his arrival in Birmingham, Davenport was a police captain with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Davenport led patrol, detectives and specialized units or sections such as Narcotics, Gangs, Vice and Administration within the LAPD. Additionally, Davenport provided managerial oversight of federal task forces that incorporated LAPD personnel. Davenport’s introduction to law enforcement started at age 12, when he joined the LAPD’s Wilshire Area Deputy Auxiliary Police Program. At age 14, he transitioned to the Law Enforcement Scout Program in the LAPD’s Southwest Area. Davenport never imagined that 22 years later, he would return to the Southwest Area as the lieutenant, Officer-In-Charge of the Gang Impact Team, Commanding Officer of the Southwest Area Detective Division, and finally after his last promotion, as a police captain, Commanding Officer of the Southwest Patrol Division, where he once played as a child and attend elementary and high school.
His career has not been without challenges and triumphs. Davenport was the recipient of the Medal of Valor. Although shot twice, he re-exposed himself to additional gun fire as a suspect began to approach his partner. Together, Davenport and his partner were able to ward off the suspect resulting in the suspect fleeing. Also, before leaving Los Angeles, Davenport was awarded the Crimefighters Award, which was a testament to his ability to lead and work collectively with others to reduce violent crime and more specifically homicides.
Davenport joined the Birmingham Police Department, on February 16, 2019, as a Deputy Chief of the Patrol Bureau. Under his command, the Birmingham Police Department experienced significant crime reduction and enhanced community engagement. On December 5, 2020, Davenport was promoted to Assistant Chief to lead the Administrative Bureau. Assistant Chief Davenport is committed to improving the working conditions for all employees, increasing the Birmingham Police Department’s visibility in the communities we serve, and strengthening the relationships with our community members.