Captain Nieto was born in San Gabriel California and raised in West
West Los Angeles Area
Covina, California. Captain Nieto has a Masters Degree in
Leadership and Management, from the University of La Verne, and a
B.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University,
Fullerton. She is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of
Policing through PERF. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner
Captain Nieto has an extensive teaching background in leadership.
She was on the original design team for the West Point Leadership
Program, has taught diversity at the LAPD Academy, has been a guest
speaker at Women's Leadership Conferences, and has facilitated at
LAPD's Supervisory School. She spent ten years as a facilitator for
POST's Supervisory Leadership Institute, a program designed to
teach California law enforcement front-line supervisors personal
growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making.
Captain Nieto served eight years with the United States Army
Reserve (USAR) attaining the rank of Captain. She served in various
leadership roles including Assistant to the Provost Marshall,
commander of a military police company of 100 military police
officers, a member of Nuclear Weapons Logistic Element, and a squad
leader of Ordnance specialists.
Currently she is the Area Commanding Officer at West Los Angeles
Area serving 230,000 residents of the City of Los Angeles. Prior
assignments include Commanding Officer of Olympic Area; Patrol
Commanding Officer at Olympic Division, Newton Division and
Hollenbeck Division; an Officer-In-Charge at Audit Division; a
District Lieutenant in Hollywood Division; a Watch Commander in
Pacific Division where she was also charged with the Venice Beach
Unit; an Assistant Watch Commander in a Traffic Division and
Communications Division; Training Group; Training Division;
Background Investigations and various patrol assignments. Upon
promotion to Captain in 2008, she became the first Hispanic Female
Captain in LAPD's history.
Captain Nieto's personal leadership philosophy is three-fold, civic
responsibility because leadership is responsibility shared by all,
taking action even when it is not the popular choice, and engaging
others to make a difference for the good of the community. She
believes that the most important contribution that a person can
make is changing lives for the better.
Captain Nieto is a member of several organizations including
Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association; Los Angeles
Women's Police Officer Association; Golden State Peace Officers
Association; La Ley, and the Fraternal Order of the Police. She is
currently on both the National Executive Board and Regional Board
of HAPCOA, and has served as a board member for International Law
Enforcement Auditor's Association, LAWPOA, and GALLEP.
Captain Nieto is also active in several philanthropic organizations
including the Pacific Palisades Womans's Club, and the Westwood
Village Rotary Club. She is most proud that officers in her command
have received International, National, Regional and Organizational
awards for bravery, innovativeness, and community activism. Captain
Nieto lives with domestic partner in Orange County with her nephew,
and their three dogs.