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Robert A Lopez, Commander

Robert A Lopez

Force Investigation Division

Commander 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

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