Captain Nieto was born in
West Los Angeles Area
San Gabriel California and raised in West 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 (CFE).
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 Olympic Division
serving 217,000 residents of the City of Los Angeles. Prior
assignments include 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 CFE's
Association; Los Angeles Women's Police Officer Association; Law
Enforcement Gay and Lesbians International; La Ley; Hispanic Law
Enforcement Administrators and the Fraternal Order of the Police.
She has served as a board member for International Law Enforcement
Auditor's Association, LAWPOA, and GALLEP.
Captain Nieto lives with her nephew, and domestic partner in Orange
County with their two dogs.