Seal of the Los Angeles Police Department

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is the police department for the city of Los Angeles, California.

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Chief Beck

The current Chief of Police is Charlie Beck. He 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 LAPD headquarters, the Police Administration Building.

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 LAPD's old headquarters, Parker Center.

The Police Administration Building houses the Office of the Chief of Police, the Office of the Director of Operations, and the Major Crimes Division, among others. These offices were previously located in the LAPD's old headquarters, Parker Center, when the building was still in use.

In the Major Crimes, Season 5 finale, “Shockwave, Part 2”, the PAB was the target of a bombing, severely damaging it's ninth floor, which houses the Major Crimes Division (MCD) and the Office of the Director of Operations. The bomb detonated in the offices of the Major Crimes Division, but most of the damage was contained within, with other rooms suffering only dust and debris damage. There were no casualties in the attack as MCD commanding officer, Captain Raydor, had ordered an emergency evacuation just seconds before the blast. In “Sanctuary City, Part 1”, the building was shown to be completely fixed.

Los Angeles Police Department in the Major Crimes Universe Edit


LAPD seal as seen in the Major Crimes Universe

The organization of the Major Crimes Universe's LAPD is loosely based on the organization of the real Los Angeles Police Department.

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.


Chief Pope

The current Chief of Police is William Pope. Chief Pope was the Assistant Chief of Operations before he was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police after the tragic and untimely death of Chief Delk. Pope was officially confirmed as the Chief of Police for the start of Major Crimes. (Chief of Police from The Closer, Season 7 onward)

Previous Police Chiefs in the Major Crimes Universe:

  • Chief Thomas Delk was the Deputy Chief of the Counter-Terrorism Division before he was appointed as the 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 was the retiring Chief of Police replaced by Tommy Delk. (Chief of Police during The Closer, Seasons 1-6)

Professional Standards Bureau Edit

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.

Behavioral Science Services Edit

Behavioral Science Services (BSS) is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and administering the psychological services program of the LAPD. Behavioral Sciences is staffed by trained psychologists who specialize in law enforcement-related situations and crises.

BSS provides counseling to all department personnel involved in traumatic situations. BSS psychologists also provide training for personnel on topics such as stress management, suicide prevention, and anger management. BSS also responds with SWAT teams to hostage negotiations and barricaded suspect situations.

Office of Operations Edit

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.

The geographical bureaus are the Central Bureau, West Bureau, Valley Bureau, and South Bureau. The specialized bureaus are the Detective Bureau and the Special Operations Bureau.

The specialized divisions that are overseen by the Office of Operations are the Major Crimes Division, Counter-Terrorism Division, Criminal Intelligence Division, Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response Division, and the Jail Division, which maintains and supervises all of the jails used by the department.

Major Crimes Division Edit

The Major Crimes Division (MCD), or "Major Crimes" as it is generally called, is an elite investigative unit of the Los Angeles Police Department which investigates cases that are mostly high-profile in nature.

Major Crimes investigates homicides that involve multiple or high-profile victims and/or high-profile suspects, all cases involving missing, kidnapped or murdered LAPD officers, select sexual assault investigations and kidnappings, and select missing person cases including "critical missing" cases, involving children who are under 14 years old and/or have mental illnesses or disabilities.

The Major Crimes Division was headed by Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson for seven years and following her retirement from the LAPD, command of the division was assumed by Captain (later Commander) Sharon Raydor. After Cmdr. Raydor suffered a fatal heart failure in “Conspiracy Theory, Part 4”, Lt. Provenza assumed command of the division.

Detective Bureau Edit

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.

Robbery-Homicide Division

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.

  • In the Major Crimes Universe, RHD's investigative responsibilities are severely reduced because of the existence of the Major Crimes Division.

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.

After Commander Taylor transferred out of RHD in Season 4 of The Closer, it is not known who assumed command of the division after him.

Scientific Investigation Division

The Scientific Investigation Division's (SID) mission is to collect evidence at crime scenes or from suspects and victims, and process it at the Regional Crime Laboratory.

  • Before he was assigned to the 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.
  • "Firearms" Francine is assigned to SID's Firearm Analysis Unit on Major Crimes.

Detective Support and Vice 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.

Special Operations Bureau Edit

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 is the commanding officer of the Special Operations Bureau during during Major Crimes from Season 3, “Sweet Revenge” onward. During The Closer and the first two and a half seasons of Major Crimes, he was a Special Agent for the FBI and the liaison officer to the LAPD. Chief Howard served as the Acting Assistant Chief of Operations following Chief Taylor's murder (“White Lies, Part 1” to “Shockwave, Part 2”).
  • Commander Ann McGinnis is the second-in-command of the Special Operations Bureau.
  • Lieutenant Chuck Cooper is the officer-in-charge of the Special Investigation Section of SOB.

Counter-Terrorism Division and Criminal Intelligence Division Edit

It is presumed that the Counter-Terrorism Division and the Criminal Intelligence Division are the elite Counter-Terrorism arm of the LAPD during The Closer and Major Crimes.

  • Deputy Chief Tommy Delk was the commanding officer of the Counter-Terrorism Division before he was appointed as the Chief of Police in Season 6 of The Closer.
    • Current command of the Counter-Terrorism Division is unknown.
  • Commander Leo Mason was the commanding officer of the Criminal Intelligence Division before he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations in Season 5 of Major Crimes.
    • Current command of the Criminal Intelligence Division is unknown.
  • Lieutenant Julio Sanchez is assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Division. Sanchez was previously a Detective in the Major Crimes Division. He accepted a transfer to CID and a promotion to Lieutenant in “By Any Means, Part 4”.

Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response Division Edit

The Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response (RACR) Division analyzes crime city-wide on a real-time basis to look for patterns and make deployment recommendations. It also tracks all uniformed resources, the state of radio calls, and other indicators to constantly monitor the state of the city. RACR is used to manage the city during major occurrences, whether they be natural or man-made.

Los Angeles Police Department Trivia Edit

Ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department Edit

  • Further information about these ranks can be found on the Ranks page.
Senior ranks Insignia
Chief of Police
Assistant Chief
Deputy Chief
Senior rank insignias are worn as metal pins on the collars of a shirt or a jacket.
Police Officers Insignia Detectives [1] Insignia
Sergeant II
Detective III
Sergeant I
Detective II
Detective I
Police Officer III+1
Police Officer III
Police Officer I & II [2] 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.

Notes Edit

  • [1] 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.
  • [2] 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.
  • [2] Police Officer II. Officers must serve at least three years as a Police Officer II before eligibility to be promoted to Police Officer III.

Awards of the Los Angeles Police Department Edit

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.

Note that the Major Crimes Division is not usually seen in uniform, therefore their service years can not be accurately determined.

Badge Edit

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, center seal, and in the font used as well as in the star insignias of higher ranking officers, 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 then-LAPD Chief William H. Parker.

Ranks from Police Officer to Captain have a badge number for identification and ranks from Commander to Chief have their symbol of rank in lieu of badge numbers.

It should be noted that the main cast of both The Closer and Major Crimes wear the same badge in every episode. Only a handful of continuity errors can be seen in regards to badge numbers.

  • The Chief of Police, currently Will Pope, has four stars on his badge.

LAPD Windbreaker Edit


LAPD windbreaker worn by sworn law-enforcement officers.

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.


SID windbreaker worn by Buzz.

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.

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.


Provenza and Flynn with a CVPI.

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.

Dodge Charger Edit


2008 Dodge Charger used by Tao, Sykes, and Nolan.

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.

Lt. Michael Tao, Det. Amy Sykes, and Det. Wes Nolan drive the 2008 Dodge Charger. The 2008 model was also used by Captain Sharon Raydor before she received an upgrade.


2011 Dodge Charger used by Det. Sanchez and later Cmdr. Raydor.

A black 2011 Dodge Charger was used by Det. Julio Sanchez during Major Crimes, Seasons 2 & 3. A gray 2011 Dodge Charger is used by Cmdr. Sharon Raydor and Lt. Andy Flynn in “Sanctuary City, Part 1”. This is most likely Raydor's new vehicle considering her promotion to Commander and the fact that Lt. Flynn has a Ford Police Interceptor Utility, as noted below.


2015 Dodge Charger used by Det. Sanchez.

Det. Julio Sanchez can be seen driving a black 2015 Dodge Charger from Major Crimes, Season 4 onward. In “Bad Blood”, Lt. Tao was seen driving Sanchez' vehicle after Lt. Provenza prohibited Julio from taking part in a vehicle pursuit. In “Conspiracy Theory, Part 1”, Det. Wes Nolan was also seen driving a black 2015 Dodge Charger but it's not known if this was supposed to be the same or different vehicle. In “Conspiracy Theory, Part 4”, Det. Nolan was once again seen driving a black 2015 Charger.

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 SWAT, 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.


FPIU used by Provenza

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.


FPIU used by Flynn

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”.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD): Organizational chart [PDF]
Ranks of the Los Angeles Police DepartmentAwards of the Los Angeles Police Department
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