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Robert A Lopez, Captain I

Robert A Lopez

Captain I
Force Investigation Division

Captain Robert A. López was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to Newton Patrol Division in May of 2010. The neighborhoods, business districts, schools, parks and diverse communities of Newton Area are familiar territory for Captain López as he served this area while assigned to Operations-Central Bureau in the 1980s.

Captain López entered the Los Angeles Police Academy on February 13, 1978. Since graduating from the Academy over 32 years ago, Robert López has served the City of Los Angeles with a strong emphasis on public safety through patrol, gang enforcement, and gang crime investigations. In 1984 and in1993, Robert López earned the LAPD's Meritorious Unit Citation along with the members of a Southeast Area Special Problems Unit for his extraordinary efforts to break-up a purse-snatch ring near Nickerson Gardens and for the outstanding investigative efforts that the Rampart Homicide unit accomplished during 1992. Captain López was also the recipient of the Police Meritorious Service Medal in 1996 for his investigative efforts of a brutal gang murder, which occurred in Northeast Area, dubbed as the “Wrong Way Murder,” which drew world-wide attention because of the shooting death of a three year-old little girl.

Captain López climbed the Detective ranks in several Operations-Central Bureau assignments, primarily gang crime and homicide investigations, achieving the rank of Detective III. In 2006, Captain López was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was transferred to Southeast Area where he served as a district commander. Captain López served in a variety of assignments as a lieutenant; immediately prior to his promotion, Captain López was assigned to Information Technology Bureau.

Captain López was born in El Paso, Texas in 1956 and moved to the Los Angeles Area with his parents and when he was five years old. The eldest of his two brothers, he and his family have called Southern California home ever since. Captain López graduated from San Pedro High School in 1974. He attended Los Angeles Harbor College and eventually earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Union University in 2009.

Captain López has been a guest lecturer at a variety of public schools, colleges, universities, and in-service schools on the topic of gangs. Captain López resides in the greater Los Angeles area with his wife and four children. He is an avid fisherman.