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Vito Palazzolo, Commander

Vito Palazzolo

Office of Special Operations

email Commander Vito N. Palazzolo
grew up in the northeast part of Los Angeles and still has close
ties to that community. He moved to Los Angles after migrating from
Italy with his parents to the United States at the age of

Captain Palazzolo joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1990.
Since his graduation from the LAPD Academy, Captain Palazzolo has
worked a wide variety of assignments, in the many diverse
communities of the City. His assignments as an officer have
included patrol operations, traffic investigation, undercover
surveillance, vice, and various special enforcement units. As a
sergeant and lieutenant he was assigned as a patrol supervisor,
watch commander, Internal Affairs, Force Investigation Division,
staff adjutant and as a member of various strategic task

In 2010 Captain Palazzolo was promoted to Captain and was assigned
as the Patrol Commanding Officer of Southwest Area, located just
south of downtown Los Angeles, and home to the University of
Southern California and the iconic Los Angeles Memorial

In 2012 Captain Palazzolo was promoted to Captain II and was
assigned to Internal Affairs Criminal Investigation Division. In
2013 Captain Palazzolo was transferred to Metropolitan (Metro)
Division. Metro, as it is commonly known, is one of the most
prestigious special operations policing units in the country if not
the world, and is tasked with carrying out many of the Departments
special details, including dignitary protection, specialized crime
suppression, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Equine (Mounted)
operations, Police K-9, and underwater dive and maritime

In February 2015 Captain Palazzolo was promoted to Captain III and
assigned as the Commanding Officer of Olympic Area. Captain
Palazzolo welcomed this assignment in that it once again gave him
an opportunity to work closely with a community rich in diversity
and with an outstanding workforce that is committed to serving its
community and with the reputation of the highest work ethic.

Captain Palazzolo holds a Bachelor's degree in Business, is a
graduate of the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of
Southern California, the West Point Leadership Institute, the
Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Israeli College
for Security and Investigation, and the United States Secret
Service Dignitary Protective Seminar.