Martin A. Baeza
Captain Martin A. Baeza was
born in Merida, Yucatan Mexico and immigrated to the United States
with his family at the age of two settling in the Los Angeles area.
He grew up in the Northeast and Rampart areas of Los Angeles and
graduated from Pater Noster High School in Glassell Park in 1984.
He attended East Los Angeles College and graduated Magna Cum Laude
from Azusa Pacific University earning a Bachelor's Degree in
Applied Business and Management and a Master's Degree in
He first joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1989
fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a Los Angeles Police
Officer. As a police officer he worked a variety assignments and
Divisions, including Hollenbeck Division, North Hollywood Division
and Northeast Division. His experience included patrol, gang
enforcement, special problems unit, foot beat, vice and detective
trainee. In 1996 he was promoted to the rank of Detective where he
was assigned to work Commission Investigation Division and was
eventually selected to work Organized Crime and Vice Division
investigating organized crime families (mafias). He was promoted to
the rank of Sergeant in 2000 and assigned to work Van Nuys Division
as a field supervisor and Adjutant to the Area Commanding Officer.
He was subsequently selected to work Internal Affairs Group where
he was assigned as an investigator in the South Bureau Section.
Upon completion of his tour in Internal Affairs, he transferred to
Training Group where he became the Aide to the Director of Police
Training and Education and was eventually selected to be an Aide
for an Assistant Chief, Director, Office of Support Services. In
2007, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and worked as the
Watch Commander and then as the Officer in Charge of the Crime
Reduction Operations Center Unit in the Northeast Division which
responsibilities included developing crime reduction strategies. In
2008, he was upgraded to Adjutant for the Deputy Chief assigned as
the Commanding Officer of Operations-West Bureau then Personnel and
Training Bureau. He was promoted to the position of Captain in 2011
as the Commanding Officer of the West Los Angeles Patrol Division.
Captain Baeza was again promoted in 2012 to Captain II as the
Commanding Officer of Recruit Training, Training Division where he
was responsible for the training of all new Los Angeles Police
Officers. Captain Baeza is now the Commanding Officer of the
Hollenbeck Area Community Police Station.
He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute, the
West Point Leadership Program, the Commission on Peace Officer
Standards of Training Management Course and the Los Angeles Police
Department Command Development Course. He is a member of several
law enforcement associations including the Command Officers
Association, the Latin American Law Enforcement Association and the
International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is married to his
wife Michelle and together they have two daughters. In his personal
time, his interests include spending quality time with family,
cycling, golfing and traveling.
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