Captain Ryan is a Los
Angeles native, raised in Pacific Area. She holds Bachelor of Arts
and Master of Education degrees from Loyola Marymount University.
She completed her undergraduate work at Loyola University, in Rome,
Italy. Captain Ryan taught elementary school in Brentwood and
Lennox for seven years before joining the Los Angeles Police
Department in January 1988. After graduating from the academy at
the top of her class, she worked a variety of assignments in West
Los Angeles, Valley Traffic and Van Nuys Divisions.
In 1992, she was promoted to Police Officer III+I, and was the
first woman assigned to Valley Traffic Detectives. Captain Ryan
promoted to Detective in 1994 and was assigned to Hollywood and
West Valley Divisions. In 1995, she was selected to work
Robbery-Homicide Division, where she worked many high profile and
complex investigations in both the Rape Special Section and the
Officer-Involved Shooting Section. Captain Ryan promoted up the
detective ranks at both Robbery-Homicide Division and Critical
Incident Investigation Division. Captain Ryan carried on her
supervisory role as a Detective III working Force Investigation
Division. She was promoted to Lieutenant in May 2005 and was
assigned to Hollenbeck Patrol as a Watch Commander. In May 2006,
Captain Ryan became the Detective Watch Commander at Hollenbeck
Detectives where she remained until her promotion to Captain in
Upon her promotion to Captain, she was selected to be the Patrol
Commanding Officer of the new Topanga Division. Captain Ryan is
the first female Captain to open a new division in LAPD history.
She was very honored by her selection.
In February 2015, Captain Ryan was assigned to Topanga Area as the
Commanding Officer. Prior to coming to Topanga Area, she served as
the Valley Traffic Division Commanding Officer, as well as the
Mission Patrol Commanding Officer.
Throughout her career, Captain Ryan has been sought as an
instructor for many Department schools, as well as for community
organizations. She was an instructor in Sexual Assault and Major
Assault Crimes Schools, Basic Detective and Detective Supervisor
School, Sergeant and Watch Commander Schools, and the Robert
Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation Course. She has
provided training for several organizations that provide Rape
Hotline counseling and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault.
Captain Ryan holds two certificates from the Robert Presley
Institute of Criminal Investigation, one in Homicide and the other
in Sexual Assault Investigations. Captain Ryan is a graduate of
the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and the West
Point Leadership Program.
She is a member of several professional law enforcement
organizations, including the California Homicide Investigators'
Association, the California Sexual Assault Investigators'
Association and the Los Angeles Women Police Officers Association.
Captain Ryan actively supports several charities including Susan G.
Koman for the Cure, Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital and
Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Captain Ryan is a first generation American, coming from immigrant
parents. Since travelling to the home of her parents, and living
in Italy for school, Captain Ryan developed a deep love of travel
and appreciation of other cultures. Whether in the United States
or other countries, Captain Ryan loves to seek out and experience
the wonderful gifts of culture, art and food that the region has to
offer. Additionally, Captain Ryan loves to cook, and is training
under a professional chef. She also enjoys sports, including water
and snow skiing.