This is the rank insignia for the Captain of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
Captains act as Commanding Officers of Divisions within the department.
These include all specialized divisions as well as all area divisions (Geographical Area Command, Geographical Patrol Division, and Geographical Detective Division).
The rank of Captain is divided into three paygrades (I - III). Each paygrade level of Captain assumes a more complex and difficult level of responsibility within his/her assignment.
Captain I is usually the Commanding Officer of a Geographical Patrol Division whereas Captain III is the Commanding Officer of the entire Geographical Area.
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