Tingirides was born in Lynwood, California. His family
roots are in South Los Angeles. He attended schools within Los
Angeles County from elementary through high school. Upon his
graduation from Lowell High School in 1976, he enlisted in the
United States Army. Captain Tingirides received training at the
U.S. Army Military Police School in Alabama. He was station in
Germany and Key West Florida. Captain Tingirides was honorably
discharged from the military in 1979.
He began his career with the Los Angeles Police Department in
February 1980, when he entered the Los Angeles Police Academy.
Following his completion of Recruit Training, he was assigned to
patrol assignments in Southeast, Wilshire, Hollywood and then was
assigned to Metropolitan Division.
In 1988 he was promoted to Sergeant. His initial assignment was
to Central Area as a field supervisor. In 1989 he moved to
Hollywood Area where he was assigned to Patrol, the
Administrative Unit, Prostitution Enforcement Detail, Vice Unit
and the Community Relations Unit. In 1996, Captain Tingirides
transferred to Harbor Area where he was the Officer-in-Charge of
the Gang Unit. In 1997, Captain Tingirides was assigned to the
Department Commander as his Aide. During this assignment he was
involved in the Rampart Corruption investigation.
In 1998 he was promoted to Lieutenant. As a lieutenant he held
the following positions: Patrol Watch Commander, Detective
Commanding Officer, Operations-South Bureau Vice and Special
Events Coordinator, Officer-in-Charge Gang Impact Team,
Metropolitan Division Mounted Unit and Underwater Dive
On July 2, 2006 he was promoted to Captain and was assigned to
Wilshire Area as the Patrol Commanding Officer. In July 2007, he
was promoted again to Captain III and was assigned to Southeast
Division, where he is currently the Area Commanding