Main article: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)

This is the comprehensive list and description for all of the police ranks within the Los Angeles Police Department and all known rank holders in the Major Crimes Universe.

Senior Ranks Edit

Chief of Police Edit


The Chief of Police is the highest-ranking officer in the department.

The Chief is generally selected from within the department and the appointee should have a college degree and at least 12 years of law enforcement experience. The Chief is appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles and can serve a maximum of two five-year terms.

Assistant Chief Edit


Assistant Chiefs of the department act as Directors of their respective offices. These offices are:

  • Office of Operations (OO)
  • Office of Special Operations (OSO)
  • Office of Administrative Services (OAS)
    • Formerly Office of Support Services (OSS)
  • Office of Constitutional Policing & Policy (OCPP)
    • Formerly Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing
    • The Office of Constitutional Policing & Policy is headed by an Police Administrator III, which is a civilian rank that is comparable to the rank of Assistant Chief.

Note that only the Office of Operations is featured in the Major Crimes Universe.

In the real LAPD, usually the most tenured Assistant Chief of the department is assigned as the First Assistant Chief who acts as the Chief of Police in his or her absence. Currently the First Assistant Chief is Assistant Chief of Operations Michel Moore.

  • In the Major Crimes Universe, the Director of Operations is also considered the First Assistant Chief, standing in for the Chief of Police when he is absent. This could mean that in the Major Crimes Universe, there are no other Assistant Chiefs like there are in the real LAPD, or that the Director of Operations is chosen to be in that position because he already oversees most of the personnel of the department, and therefore is the most qualified to lead the department during the Chief's short absences.

Deputy Chief Edit


Deputy Chiefs of the department act as bureau commanding officers.

  • In the Major Crimes Universe, some Deputy Chiefs also lead specialized divisions of the LAPD and some act as the assistant commanding officer of an office.

These bureaus are:

Deputy Chiefs are promoted from within the department ranks of Captain or Commander. Deputy Chief is also the first rank where a person from outside of the department can be hired, although this is very rare in the real LAPD.

Commander Edit


Commanders act as assistant commanding officers at all of the departments bureaus and offices. Some Commanders also lead specialized divisions within the department.

  • In the Major Crimes Universe, office assistant commanding officers appear to hold the rank of Deputy Chief.

Commanders are promoted from the rank of Captain.

Captain Edit


Captains act as divisional commanding officers within the department.

The rank of Captain is divided into three pay grades (I - III). Promotions between each pay grade level of Captain require only an interview, but at each pay grade level they assume a more complex and difficult level of responsibility within his or her assignment.

  • Captain I is usually the commanding officer of a geographical patrol division.
  • Captain II is usually the commanding officer of a specialized division.
  • Captain III is usually the commanding officer of a geographical area or specialized division.

Lieutenant Edit


The rank of Lieutenant is divided into two pay grades (I - II). Promotions from Lieutenant I to Lieutenant II requires only an interview.

  • Lieutenant I is usually assigned as a watch commander or administrative lieutenant at a geographical area level.
  • Lieutenant II may assist detective division commanding officers or act as the officer-in-charge of various specialized sections throughout the department. Lieutenant II can also act as a leader at a crime scene and they can review and complete all reports from his/her subordinates for the approval of the commanding officer.

Detectives Edit

The rank of Detective is assigned to police officers who take on a specific group of specialized investigative duties, including conducting narcotics investigations, performing surveillance and establishing and maintaining contact with informants; investigating gang related crimes; responding to and investigating scenes of crime such as homicide, theft, robbery, auto theft, illegal sex related activities, and crimes committed by juveniles.

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. Traditionally, detectives are plain-clothes officers in the field who wear their uniforms only for ceremonial and certain other official occasions.

Detective III Edit


Detective III is a supervisory detective position which is responsible for training and overseeing the activities of Detectives I, II, and Police Officers. The rank of Detective III is equivalent to the rank of Sergeant II.

A Detective III is responsible for the above described duties in addition to serving as the leader in high profile cases of major robbery, fraud and homicide. A Detective III is usually the second-in-command of a specialized investigative section. Detective III also reviews reports prepared by his or her subordinates, informs the commanding officer of the status of investigations, trains and supervises newly assigned Detectives and civilian personnel, and performs related administrative duties.

Detective II Edit


Detective II is the first supervisory detective position which is responsible for training and overseeing the activities of Detectives I and Police Officers. The rank of Detective II is equivalent to the rank of Sergeant I.

Detective I Edit


Detective I is the first detective rank available to officers if they pass their detectives exam and departmental interviews.

Sergeants Edit

Sergeant II Edit


Sergeant II is a supervisory position with specialized and administrative assignments. A Sergeant II supervises a squad or detail of Police Officers and/or civilian employees. Sergeant II can act as the assistant watch commander during his/her tour of duty, but Sergeant II can also be assigned to specialized divisions to perform specific duties.

Sergeant I Edit


Sergeant I supervises a squad or detail of Police Officers and/or civilian employees. The basic capacity of a Sergeant I is field supervision, but Sergeant I can also be assigned to specialized divisions to perform specific duties.

Police Officers Edit

Police Officer III+1 Edit


Certain Police Officer III's in special or hazard pay situations may be assigned as Police Officer III+1. These include, but are not limited to, traffic investigators, canine handlers, S.W.A.T. assistant squad leaders, and Senior Lead Officers who coordinate geographical areas.

Police Officer III Edit


Police Officer III is the highest pay grade available to standard officers.

A Police Officer may be assigned to a foot beat, a black and white patrol car, bicycle patrol, Mounted Unit, motorcycle, or a specialized unit such as S.W.A.T. or K-9 Unit.

Police Officer III may also supervise probationary Police Officers (Police Officer I).

Police Officer III may also serve as a Vice Investigator, Police Academy Instructor, Detective Trainee, Legislative Officer, News Media Coordinator, Range Officer, Recruitment Officer, Driver-Security Aide to the Chief, and the Mayor of L.A., Unusual Occurrence Planning Officer, or numerous other positions within the Police Department.

Police Officer II Edit

Police Officer II is the standard officer rank after satisfactory completion of an 18-month probationary assignment.

Officers must serve at least three years as a Police Officer II before eligibility to be promoted to Police Officer III.

Police Officer I Edit

Police Officer I is a probationary rank until they complete the 18-month probationary assignment.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD): Organizational chart [PDF]
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