William "Will" Pope is the Chief of Police of the Los Angeles Police Department during Major Crimes.

During The Closer, Pope held the rank of Assistant Chief and was the LAPD's Director of Operations. In Season 7, he was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police after Chief Delk suddenly died of a brain aneurysm, although he still served concurrently as the Director of Operations for budget reasons. He was confirmed as the new Chief of Police for the beginning of Major Crimes.

Character Information Edit

The Closer Edit

Chief Pope is responsible for bringing Brenda Leigh Johnson to head the LAPD's Priority Homicide Division (later the Major Crimes Division). He is again her boss, previously being so in Washington, D.C. where they first met and became involved in an affair together. He states that he wanted her for the job since the squad was not providing prosecutors with cases they could win (“The Closer (Pilot)”).

During Season 6, Chief Edward Thompson announces his retirement from the department and Pope believes he is being shortlisted to become the new Chief of Police, yet is disappointed to discover that he is not even being considered. Eventually, Deputy Chief Tommy Delk is appointed as the Chief of Police and Pope is going to be demoted to Captain and assigned to the Valley Bureau's Traffic Division, which leaves him considering whether to leave the force. However, Delk dies of an aneurysm and Pope is named as the Interim Chief, much to the surprise of many within the LAPD, and even himself, having only been told the fact on the car ride over to the burial (“Repeat Offender”).

Pope does not know that upon selection of the position, Delk offered Pope's position to Brenda. She declines, showing her support to Pope in continuing to fight to stay in his position.

Pope appointed Brenda Leigh Johnson as the Acting Director of Operations when he was officially appointed as the Chief, and when she retired from the LAPD, he promoted Russell Taylor to Assistant Chief and appointed him to the position.

Major Crimes Edit

During Major Crimes, he is officially the Chief of Police and transferred Captain Sharon Raydor to head the Major Crimes Division with a promise of a promotion to Commander, if she took the job. However, this was a lie as Taylor told her that the job was the promotion due to a budget freeze and she should be happy with it. (“Before and After”) When Lt. Provenza wanted to transfer out of the Major Crimes Division, Pope and Asst. Chief Taylor ordered him to stay in MCD or else he would be forced to retire. (“Reloaded”)

In “Cheaters Never Prosper”​​, it was mentioned that the MCD was assigned the investigation of a man murdered in a nightclub because the club owner is a good friend of Pope's and called him, rather than 9-1-1.

In “Intersection”​​, it was mentioned that Pope was holding interviews for all of the potential candidates to Assistant Chief of Operations. Pope wanted to know from the candidates what they think is the biggest problem confronting the future of the LAPD, but it was actually rumored to be a trick question. What he really wanted to know was what the candidates biggest problem was with the way the department is currently organized and what would they do differently than Russell Taylor as the Assistant Chief of Operations.

In “Shockwave, Part 1”​​, he is mentioned to have sent Acting Assistant Chief Fritz Howard to a leadership conference in Charlotte, NC and thus assigns Deputy Chief Winnie Davis, a contender for the Assistant Chief position, to coordinate between divisions. In “Shockwave, Part 2”​​, after the bombing in the cemetery, Pope recalls Fritz to L.A. and sends Davis to take his place. Pope ultimately promotes Leo Mason to the rank of Assistant Chief after the arrest of Cristian Ortiz. In turn, Mason goes on to give Raydor the promotion to Commander which Pope and Taylor had denied her when she took over Major Crimes.

Personality Edit

Authoritative, commanding and interchangeable in his support, Pope commands authority and generally earns respect from the departmental detectives. His primary goal to close cases and convict criminals sometimes sees him straining under pressure from his superiors to follow the rules, make budget cuts and create greater synergy between the divisions of the LAPD. [1]

Unlike Brenda, Pope gives in to pressure to keep an active role in law enforcement politics in order to keep the department running smoothly. Such a feature is seen in Russell Taylor in the earlier seasons.

Relationships Edit

Brenda Leigh Johnson Edit

Pope had an extramarital affair with Brenda when they worked together in Washington, D.C. After he ended it, he divorces his first wife (who remains unnamed) to marry a woman named Estelle, who eventually divorces him. This history causes some personal tension between the two of them, yet Pope asks Brenda to attend his deposition to gain custody of his kids as a character witness (“The Other Woman”).

When Brenda first transfers to Los Angeles, Pope readily defends her against the other detectives' complaints, and he is often fiercely protective of her.

Pope seems to still harbor feelings for Brenda, and acts jealous of her relationship with Fritz Howard. His relationship with Fritz is somewhat awkward and uncomfortable since Fritz knows about Brenda and Pope's previous affair.

Brenda discovers that Pope was later having an affair with Marguerite "Maggie" Scott, a financial crime investigator from the Department of Homeland Security, who had been auditing the LAPD. He asks her to keep him informed of her case, after she is found murdered by her car (“Lover's Leap”).

Estelle Pope Edit

Pope divorced his first wife to marry Estelle. She later divorces him in Season 2.

Pope gains custody of his children after asking Brenda to appear at his deposition. Estelle, furious at Brenda for her testimony at the deposition, forces her way up to the Squad Room and yells at Brenda, in front of everyone, that "she better not find out that she is sleeping with Pope again". Everyone present in the squad room, including Commander Taylor, learn that Brenda had previously had an affair with Pope because of this. They all begin to ask themselves the inevitable question, "was she transferred here and given such a high rank due to her relationship with Pope?" (“No Good Deed”). Following this, Commander Taylor later makes a statement in front of the entire squad about Estelle's behavior and discredits her accusal towards Brenda, thus saving Pope any embarrassment.

Trivia Edit

  • When in uniform, Pope wears wears six service stripes on his uniform. Each stripe represents five years of service in the LAPD, meaning he has served with the LAPD for 30 to 34 years. (“The Last Word”)​​
  • Medals and service awards worn by Chief Pope: (“Repeat Offender”)
Ribbon Award name
LAPD-Democratic-National-Convention-Ribbon 2000 Democratic National Convention Ribbon

Given to any LAPD officer who saw service during the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

LAPD-Police-Medal-for-Heroism Police Medal

The Police Medal is an award for bravery, usually awarded to officers for individual acts of heroism in the line of duty, though not above and beyond the call of duty, as is required for the Medal of Valor.

  • Goof: Will could be seen wearing the Police Medal on his uniform but he was wearing the colors wrong way round, white on the left and red on the right.
LAPD-Human-Relations-Medal Human Relations Medal

The Human Relations Medal is awarded to officers who have in their day‑to‑day activities shown great compassion and have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their response to fellow human beings.

LAPD-1984-Summer-Olympics-Ribbon 1984 Summer Olympics Ribbon

Given to any LAPD officer who saw service during the 1984 Summer Olympics from July 28 to August 12, 1984.

LAPD-Police-Meritorious-Service-Medal Police Meritorious Service Medal

The Police Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to employees who distinguish themselves by performing exceptional service in a duty of great responsibility or of critical importance to law enforcement, but to a lesser degree than required for the Police Distinguished Service Medal.

LAPD-1987-Papal-Visit-Ribbon 1987 Papal Visit Ribbon

Given to any LAPD officer who saw service during the September 1987 pastoral visit of Pope John Paul II.

LAPD-1994-Earthquake-Ribbon 1994 Earthquake Ribbon

Given to any LAPD officer who saw service during the 1994 Northridge earthquake from January 17 to January 18, 1994.

LAPD-1992-Civil-Disturbance-Ribbon 1992 Civil Disturbance Ribbon

Given to any LAPD officer who saw service during the 1992 Los Angeles riots from April 29 to May 4, 1992.


  1. Squad Profiles - Will Pope at Retrieved on 14th April 2013.
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