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Los Angeles Police Department

< Parker Center, 150 N. Los Angeles St, Los Angeles 90012; (213) 485-3265 >




The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is certainly one of the largest and most famous (Due to the proximity of Hollywood) police departments in the world. Its bungling of the assassination of Robert Kennedy, O.J. Simpson murder case, as well as the 1992 attack on Rodney King has left it with a stained reputation. This is not to say however, that the LAPD does not have some wonderful thing accredited to it, in 1910 it became the first police department in the United States to have a policewoman, Alice Stebbin Wells.

The department's motto, "To Protect and Serve" was by Officer Joseph S. Dorobeck following a 1955 contest. In 1963 the city council ordered it on every police car.



LAPD Bureaus and Field Offices (No Addresses)

  • Central Bureau
    • Central Community Police Station
    • Hollenbeck Community Police Station
    • Newton Street Community Police Station
    • Northeast Community Police Station
    • Rampart Community Police Station
  • South Bureau
    • 77th Street Community Police Station
    • Harbor Community Police Station
    • Southeast Community Police Station
    • Southwest Community Police Station
  • West Bureau
    • Hollywood Community Police Station
    • Pacific Community Police Station
    • West L.A. Community Police Station
    • Wilshire Community Police Station
  • Valley Bureau
    • Devonshire Community Police Station
    • Foothill Community Police Station
    • North Hollywood Community Police Station
    • Van Nuys Community Police Station
    • West Valley Community Police Station


    LAPD Chiefs

    • Alexander W. Hope, M.D. (1851)
    • Jacob T. Jerkins (1876-1877)
    • Emil Harris (1877-1878)
    • Henry King (1878-1880)
    • George E. Gard (1880-1881)
    • Henry King (1881-1883)
    • Thomas J. Cuddy (1883-1885)
    • Edward McCarthy (1885)
    • John Horner (1885)
    • James W. Davis (1885-1886)
    • John K. Skinner (1886-1887)
    • P. M. Darcy (1887-1888)
    • Thomas J. Cuddy (1888)
    • L. G. Loomis (1888)
    • Hubert H. Benedict (1888-1889)
    • Terrence Cooney (1889)
    • James E. Burns (1889)
    • John M . Glass (1889-1900)
    • Charles Elton (1900-1904)
    • William A. Hammell (1904-1905)
    • Walter H. Auble (1905-1906)
    • Edward Kern (1906-1909)
    • Thomas Broadhead (1909)
    • Edward F. Dishman (1909-1910)
    • Alexander Galloway (1910)
    • Charles E. Sebastian (1911-1915)
    • Clarence E. Snively (1915-1916)
    • John L. Butler (1916-1919)
    • George K. Home (1919-1920)
    • Alexander W. Murray (1920)
    • Lyle Pendegast (1920-1921)
    • Charles A. Jones (1921-1922)
    • James W. Everington (1922)
    • Louis D. Oaks (1922-1923)
    • August Vollmer (1923-1924)
    • R. Lee Heath (1924-1926)
    • James E. Davis (1926-1929)
    • Roy E. Steckel (1929-1933)
    • James E. Davis (1933-1938)
    • D. A. Davidson (1938-1939)
    • Arthur C. Hohmann (1939-1941)
    • Clarence B. Horrall (1941-1949)
    • William A. Worton (1949-1950)
    • William H. Parker (1950-1966; Longest Serving)
    • Thad F. Brown (1966-1967)
    • Thomas Reddin (1967-1969)
    • Roger E. Murdock (1969)
    • Edward M. Davis (1969-1978)
    • Robert F. Rock (1978)
    • Daryl F. Gates (1978-1992)
    • Willie L. Williams (1992-1997)
    • Bayan Lewis (1997)
    • Bernard C. Parks (1997-2002)
    • Martin H. Pomeroy (2002)


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