Los Angeles Police Department

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), officially known as the City of Los Angeles Police Department, is the municipal police department of Los Angeles, California. With 9,974 police officers[2] 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.

City of Los Angeles Police Department
Patch of the LAPD, used primarily for Traffic Assignment.
Seal of the LAPD
LAPD officer badge, with number omitted.
Flag of the Los Angeles Police Department
Common nameLos Angeles Police Department
Motto"To Protect and to Serve"
Agency overview
FormedDecember 13, 1869; 152 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)
Legal jurisdictionAs per operations jurisdiction
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 officers9,974 (2020)
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
  • South
  • Valley
  • West
  • Detective
  • Counter-Terrorism & Special Operations
  • Transportation Services
  • Professional Standards
  • Administrative Services
  • Personnel and Training
  • 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
Police boats2
Dogs2 Bloodhounds
20 German Shepherds

The LAPD has its headquarters at 100 W. 1st St., in the Civic Center district, not far from the demolished Parker Center it replaced in 2009. The organization of the department is complex, including 21 divisions (stations) grouped in four bureaus in the Office of Operations; multiple divisions within the Detective Bureau in the Office of Special Operations; and specialized units such as SWAT, K-9, mounted police, air support and the Major Crimes Division all within the Counterterrorism and 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, and discriminatory policing within the LAPD.[5][6][7][8] 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.[9][10] As a result of major reforms, the consent decree was lifted in 2013.[9]

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