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Los Angeles Police Department

Municipal law enforcement agency of Los Angeles, California, United States / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), officially known as the City of Los Angeles Police Department, is the primary law enforcement agency of Los Angeles, California, United States. With 8,967 officers[5] and 3,000 civilian staff,[2] it is the third-largest municipal police department in the United States, after the New York City Police Department and the Chicago Police Department.

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City of Los Angeles Police Department
Patch of the LAPD, used primarily for Traffic Assignment
Patch of the LAPD, used primarily for Traffic Assignment
Seal of the LAPD
Seal of the LAPD
LAPD Officer badge, with number omitted
LAPD Officer badge, with number omitted
Common nameLos Angeles Police Department
MottoTo Protect and To Serve
Agency overview
FormedDecember 13, 1869; 153 years ago (1869-12-13)[1]
Employees12,000 (2020)[2]
Annual budget$1.189 billion (2020)[2]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Map showing the LAPD's jurisdictional area
Size503 sq mi (1,300 km2)
Population3,979,576 (2019)
Governing bodyLos Angeles City Council
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed byLos Angeles Board of Police Commissioners
Headquarters100 West 1st Street
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Police officers8,967 (2023)
Unsworn members3,000
Commissioners responsible
  • William J. Briggs II, President[3]
  • Dale Bonner, Member
  • Maria Lou Calanche, Member
  • Steve Soboroff, Member
Agency executives
  • Michel R. Moore,
    Chief of Police
  • Robert E. Marino, Assistant Chief – Operations[4]
  • Alfred Labrada, Assistant Chief – Special Operations[4]
  • Dominic Choi, Assistant Chief – Support Services[4]
  • Lizabeth Rhodes, Director – Constitutional Policing and Policy[4]
  • Central Traffic
  • South Traffic
  • Valley Traffic
  • West Traffic
  • LAX Field Services
  • Robbery-Homicide
  • Juvenile
  • Technical Investigations
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Gang and Narcotics
  • Detective Support & Vice
  • Commercial Crimes
  • Metropolitan
  • Air Support
  • Major Crimes
  • Emergency Services
  • Custody Services
  • Security Services
  • Central
  • Rampart
  • Southwest
  • Hollenbeck
  • Harbor
  • Hollywood
  • Wilshire
  • West Los Angeles
  • Van Nuys
  • West Valley
  • Northeast
  • 77th Street
  • Newton
  • Pacific
  • North Hollywood
  • Foothill
  • Devonshire
  • Southeast
  • Mission
  • Olympic
  • Topanga
  • Central
  • South
  • Valley
  • West
  • Detective
  • Counter-Terrorism & Special Operations
  • Transportation Services
  • Professional Standards
  • Administrative Services
  • Personnel and Training
Dogs2 Bloodhounds
20 German Shepherds

The LAPD is headquartered at 100 West 1st Street in the Civic Center district. The department's organization and resources are complex, including 21 community stations (divisions) grouped in four bureaus under the Office of Operations; multiple divisions within the Detective Bureau under the Office of Special Operations; and specialized units such as the Metropolitan Division, Air Support Division, and Major Crimes Division under the Counterterrorism & Special Operations Bureau. Further offices support the Chief of Police in areas such as constitutional policing and professional standards, while the Office of Support Services covers facilities management, personnel, and training, among other areas.

Independent investigative commissions have documented a history of police brutality, corruption, misconduct and discriminatory policing within the LAPD.[6][7][8][9] In 2001, the United States Department of Justice entered into a consent decree with the LAPD regarding systemic civil rights violations and lack of accountability that stretched back decades; following major reforms, the decree was lifted in 2013.[10][11]

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