The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), is the police department for the city of Los Angeles, California.
The current Chief of Police is Charlie Beck who was appointed to the position in November 2009.
Chief Beck is in-charge of the third largest police department in the United States, managing 10,000 sworn officers and 3,000 civilian employees.
The current headquarters of the LAPD is the Police Administration Building (PAB) which opened in October 2009. It replaced the aging Parker Center which was named after Chief of Police William H. Parker, who died of a heart attack while still in office in 1966.
The Police Administration Building houses the Office of the Chief of Police, the Office of the Director of Operations, the Major Crimes Division, and the Special Operations Bureau, among others. These offices were previously located in Parker Center when it was still the LAPD headquarters.
Los Angeles Police Department in the Major Crimes Universe Edit
Office of the Chief of Police Edit
The Chief of Police is the highest-ranking officer in the Department. The Chief of Police directs, plans, and coordinates the enforcement of laws for the purpose of protecting persons and property, and for the preservation of the peace in the community.
The current Chief of Police is William Pope who was the Assistant Chief of Operations before he was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police and subsequently Chief of Police.
Previous Police Chiefs in the Major Crimes Universe:
- Chief Thomas Delk (Courtney B. Vance): Delk was the Deputy Chief of the Counter-Terrorism Division who was appointed Chief of Police after his efforts to find and capture the killer responsible for murdering two paramedics and planning to detonate a dirty bomb at their funeral. (Chief of Police during The Closer, Season 6)
- Chief Edward Thompson (Gil Garcetti): Retiring Chief of Police replaced by Tommy Delk. Portrayed by Gil Garcetti, consulting producer on The Closer and Major Crimes. Former Los Angeles County District Attorney and father of Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles. (Chief of Police during The Closer, Seasons 1-6)
The Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) reports directly to the Chief of Police and it is the investigative arm of the Chief to identify and report corruption and employee behavior that discredits the LAPD or violates a department policy, procedure, or practice.
The current command of PSB or its divisions is unknown.
- During The Closer, Captain Sharon Raydor was the commanding officer of the Force Investigation Division (FID).
- During Major Crimes, Lieutenant Joe Camacho is a supervisory officer in the Force Investigation Division who has presumably worked under Captain Raydor during her command of FID.
- Sergeant Staples is also a member of this division and a old colleague of Raydor.
In the Major Crimes Universe, the Office of Operations oversees the four geographical bureaus of the department as well as some specialized bureaus and divisions. These bureaus are the Central Bureau, West Bureau, Valley Bureau, and South Bureau, including their patrol divisions and detective divisions. It also oversees the Detective Bureau, the Special Operations Bureau, the Major Crimes Division, the Counter-Terrorism Division, and the Criminal Intelligence Division.
- Assistant Chief William Pope (J.K. Simmons): Director of Operations during The Closer and Deputy Chief Johnson's immediate supervisor. Later in the series, he becomes the Interim Chief of Police and is subsequently appointed as the Chief of Police.
- Assistant Chief Russell Taylor (Robert Gossett): Director of Operations during Major Crimes until "White Lies, Part 1". He was Captain Raydor's first immediate supervisor when she assumed command of the MCD. Taylor was the former commander of the Robbery-Homicide Division, and later press liaison for the Major Crimes Division, although he felt passed over and unappreciated for a long time.
- Acting Assistant Chief Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney): Normally the commanding officer of the Special Operations Bureau, Chief Howard is currently the Acting Director of Operations until a replacement for Chief Taylor can be appointed.
- Deputy Chief Winnie Davis (Camryn Manheim): Chief Davis is a Deputy Chief of Operations during Major Crimes. She is shown to be in a management position within the office, most likely as an Assistant Director of Operations.
The Major Crimes Division is an elite investigative unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Originally called the Priority Homicide Division, the MCD or "Major Crimes" as it is generally called, investigates high priority crimes, including multiple homicides, cases involving high-profile victims or suspects, and "critical missing" cases. It is under the direct command of the Director of Operations.
Major Crimes was headed by Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson for seven years. Following Chief Johnson's retirement from the LAPD, Captain Sharon Raydor assumed command of Major Crimes.
- Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell): The commanding officer of the Major Crimes Division.
- Lieutenant Louie Provenza (GW Bailey): The division's senior member and Sharon's second-in-command. He is the immediate supervisor of the team in the field.
- Lieutenant Andy Flynn (Anthony Denison): Provenza's partner.
- Lieutenant Michael Tao (Michael Paul Chan): The squad's forensics and technology expert; Tao previously was assigned to the LAPD's Scientific Investigation Division (SID).
- Detective Julio Sanchez (Raymond Cruz): The squad's gang and weapons expert, experience gained from his days on the LAPD's gang intelligence unit.
- Detective Amy Sykes (Kearran Giovanni): Transferred from the Special Investigation Section (SIS) of Special Operations, she is an expert on undercover operations. Sykes is a military veteran who served in Afghanistan.
- Detective Wes Nolan (Daniel DiTomasso): Det. Nolan was transferred to the division after ending his SIS undercover assignment.
- Civilian Surveillance Coordinator Buzz Watson (Phillip P. Keene): Buzz is the Scientific Investigation Division's civilian investigator assigned to the division. He is responsible for memorializing crime scenes, and managing technology in the field and in the squad's office. He also recently qualified as an LAPD reserve police officer.
Under the Chief of Detectives, the Detective Bureau (DB) provides functional leadership for detective operations citywide, which accounts for approximately 1800 assigned detectives. This includes all specialized detective functions and the 21 geographic detective divisions throughout the city.
The Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) is responsible for investigating select homicides, bank robberies, serial robberies, extortions, sexual assaults, human trafficking, kidnapping, incidents that result in injury or death to an officer, and threats against officers.
At the end of Season 1 of The Closer, Russell Taylor is promoted to the rank of Commander and he becomes head of the Robbery-Homicide Division, after his predecessor, Commander Scott retires.
The current command of the Robbery-Homicide Division is unknown.
- In the Major Crimes Universe, this division is still known by its original name, Scientific Investigation Division (SID).
The Forensic Science and Technical Investigation Division's mission is to collect evidence at crime scenes or from suspects and victims, and process it at the Regional Crime Laboratory.
- Before assigned to Priority Homicide Division (later Major Crimes Division), Lieutenant Tao was assigned to SID.
- Buzz Watson is officially part of the Scientific Investigation Division but he is exclusively assigned to the Major Crimes Division.
The Detective Support and Vice Division (DSVD) is responsible for investigating missing persons, hate crimes, threats made to public officials/prominent persons, aggravated stalking, piracy and counterfeit sales/goods, animal cruelty, pimping/pandering, pornography, and prostitution/human trafficking.
- Detective Robert Oderno (Brandon Barash): Robert Oderno is a Detective in the Missing Persons Unit of DSVD.
The Special Operations Bureau (SOB) provides the LAPD specialized units in support of daily field activities, unusual occurrences, and elevated threat conditions.
- Deputy Chief Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney): Deputy Chief Howard is the commanding officer of the Special Operations Bureau during Major Crimes (Season 3 onward). During The Closer and the first two seasons of Major Crimes, he was a Special Agent for the F.B.I. and the liaison officer to the LAPD.
- Commander Ann McGinnis (Laurie Holden): Commander McGinnis is the second-in-command of the Special Operations Bureau.
- Lieutenant Chuck Cooper (Malcolm-Jamal Warner): Lt. Cooper is the commanding officer of the Special Investigation Section (SIS) of SOB.
It is presumed that the Counter-Terrorism Division and the Criminal Intelligence Division are the Major Crimes Universe's equivalents of the real, although now disbanded, Counter-Terrorism & Criminal Intelligence Bureau, handling different parts of its investigative and operational responsibilities, making them the elite Counter-Terrorism arm of the LAPD during The Closer and Major Crimes.
- The commanding officer of the Counter-Terrorism Division was Deputy Chief Tommy Delk before he was appointed as the Chief of Police in Season 6 of The Closer. Current command unknown.
- During Major Crimes, the commanding officer of the Criminal Intelligence Division is Commander Leo Mason.
Los Angeles Police Department Trivia Edit
|Chief of Police|
|Senior rank insignias are worn as metal pins on the collars of a shirt or a jacket.|
|Police Officers||Insignia||Detectives ||Insignia|
|Sergeant II||Detective III|
|Sergeant I||Detective II|
|Police Officer III+1|
|Police Officer III|
|Police Officer I & II ||No insignia|
|Insignias for Officers and Sergeants (as well as Detectives when in uniform) are worn as embroidered chevrons on the upper sleeves of a shirt or jacket.|
-  Detectives are considered specialists within the LAPD and they are normally considered to be separate from the uniformed chain-of-command. This means that the senior-most detective on the scene is permitted to take charge of an incident when it is necessary for investigative purposes, even if other higher-ranking officers are present.
-  Police Officer I is a probationary rank. Officers gain an automatic promotion to Police Officer II upon satisfactory completion of an 18-month probationary assignment.
-  Police Officer II. Officers must serve at least three years as a Police Officer II before eligibility to be promoted to Police Officer III.
Service Stripes Edit
Officers will be awarded service stripes for their long sleeved uniforms to be worn above the left cuff. Each stripe represents five years of service in the LAPD.
- Chief Will Pope wears six stripes on his uniform meaning he has served with the LAPD for 30 to 34 years. (Last seen in "The Last Word"; August, 2012.)
- Assistant Chief Russell Taylor wears five stripes on his uniform meaning he has served with the LAPD for 25 to 29 years. (Last seen in "White Lies, Part 1"; September, 2016.)
- Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson wears four stripes on her uniform which would mean 20 to 24 years of service with the LAPD, even though she had only served for seven years at the end of The Closer. Her previous positions in law-enforcement throughout the country are most likely the reason for her stripes. (Last seen in "Repeat Offender"; July, 2011.)
- Commander Leo Mason wears four stripes on his uniform meaning he has served with the LAPD for 20 to 24 years. (Last seen in "Quid Pro Quo"; current.)
- Captain Sharon Raydor wears four stripes on her uniform meaning she has served with the LAPD for 20 to 24 years. (Last seen in "Repeat Offender"; July, 2011.)
- Lieutenant Louie Provenza wears seven stripes on his uniform meaning he has served with the LAPD for 35 to 39 years. (Last seen in "Turn Down"; June, 2015.)
- Lieutenant Andy Flynn wears six stripes on his uniform meaning he has served with the LAPD for 30 to 34 years. (Last seen in "Turn Down"; June, 2015.)
- Lieutenant Michael Tao wears four stripes on his uniform meaning he has served with the LAPD for 20 to 24 years. (Last seen in "Repeat Offender"; July, 2011.)
- Detective II Julio Sanchez wears three stripes on his uniform meaning he has served with the LAPD for 15 to 19 years. (Last seen in "Repeat Offender"; July, 2011.)
- Sergeant David Gabriel wears two stripes on his uniform meaning he has served with the LAPD for 10 to 14 years. (Last seen in "Repeat Offender"; July, 2011.)
Adopted in 1940, the LAPD Series 6 badge is oval in shape and it features a representation of the Los Angeles City Hall and the city seal, as well as the officer's rank and badge number.
Badges used on the show are not real LAPD badges as they are protected by copyright. They feature minor differences in the design of the LA City Hall and in the font used, while still keeping the iconic and easily recognizable look. Only TV-shows ever to have featured authentic LAPD badges are Jack Webb's Dragnet (1951–1959 and 1967–1970) and Adam-12 (1968-1975), made with cooperation of LAPD Chief William H. Parker.
Ranks from Police Officer to Captain have a badge number for identification. Ranks from Commander to Chief have corresponding amount of stars related to their rank.
- The Chief of Police, currently Will Pope, has four stars on his badge.
- Assistant Chief Will Pope had three stars on his badge during his tenure as the Director of Operations as did his successor, Assistant Chief Russell Taylor. Fritz Howard, during his temporary assignment as the Acting Assistant Chief, also has three stars on his badge.
- Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson had two stars on her badge during her tenure in the department. Deputy Chief Fritz Howard, having joined the LAPD after his retirement from the FBI, holds the rank of Deputy Chief and he also has two stars on his badge. Deputy Chief Winnie Davis also has two stars on her badge.
- Commander Ann McGinnis and Commander Leo Mason both have one star on their badges.
- Captain Sharon Raydor's badge number is 951753.
- Lieutenant Louie Provenza's badge number is 35082.
- Lieutenant Andy Flynn's badge number is 2805.
- Lieutenant Michael Tao's badge number is 2641.
- Lieutenant Chuck Cooper's badge number is 2841.
- Detective II Julio Sanchez's badge number is 34150.
- Detective Amy Sykes' badge number is 5349. The number 5349 was also used by Detective II David Gabriel during The Closer.
- Buzz Watson's badge number on his Scientific Investigation Division issued badge is 77 and as a Reserve Police Officer, he has a badge number of 62941.
LAPD Windbreaker Edit
Sometimes when the MCD detectives go to arrest suspects or on stake-outs, they wear the LAPD Windbreaker. The jacket features the patch of LAPD on both sleeves, picture of the LAPD badge, and the text Los Angeles Police for easier identification of plain-clothes officers to other law-enforcement and possible suspects.
A different version of this jacket can be seen worn by Buzz Watson with the police identification being replaced by the text "SID". This is used do differentiate sworn law-enforcement officers from civilian investigators employed by the Scientific Investigation Division (SID).
LAPD Vehicles Edit
Most of the LAPD fleet is comprised of Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors, Dodge Chargers, and more recently Ford Police Interceptors and Interceptor Utilities.
Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor Edit
The LAPD has used the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) since the first generation was introduced in 1992 and continues to use the second generation CVPI, which debuted in 1998 and remained virtually unchanged until it ended production in 2011.
The CVPI was the main vehicle used by the cast of The Closer and Major Crimes, although in the most recent seasons of Major Crimes, the MCD detectives have had their CVPI's replaced with more modern vehicles.
After the CVPI ceased production, the LAPD has been slowly replacing its aging fleet of CVPI's with Dodge Chargers and the new Ford Police Interceptors.
Dodge Charger Edit
In 2008, the Dodge Charger LX Police Special was approved for duty within the LAPD. It shared patrol duties with the CVPI and has since become the primary patrol vehicle of the department after the CVPI ceased production.
Detective Sanchez has had multiple Dodge Chargers, first starting with the 2011 model which recently has been replaced by the 2015 model.
Ford Police Interceptor Edit
Ford started offering the Ford Police Interceptor (FPI) and the Ford Police Interceptor Utility (FPIU) in 2013, in order to return to the police market after the discontinuation of the CVPI. These models are not available to the general public.
The LAPD is starting to increase it's numbers of the Police Interceptor Sedan for patrol duties from the few that they originally had, as new model years have improved the vehicle significantly.
The Police Interceptor Utility is seeing use in patrol capacity but it is more prevalent for select patrol supervisors because of the extra space offered by the SUV for command equipment or personal protection, and special duties including S.W.A.T., detectives, and commanding officers.
The change to these new vehicles was mentioned in "Turn Down", after Lieutenant Flynn complained to Lieutenant Provenza that Reserve Officer Buzz Watson gets "The Batmobile", while they still drive a car from the nineties, referencing the Ford Police Interceptor Utility and the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor they drove at the time, respectively. At that point Buzz Watson remarked that the vehicle wasn't for him, rather that the entire LAPD is moving towards the new vehicles.
After that episode, it appears as Lt. Provenza has had his old CVPI replaced with a gray Ford Police Interceptor Utility, even though he had trouble even starting the vehicle in the previous episode, let alone using it in a official capacity.
It appears that in Season 5, Lieutenant Flynn has also had his old CVPI replaced as he can be seen driving a silver Ford Police Interceptor Utility, most notably in "Foreign Affairs" and "Moral Hazard".