Robert N. Arcos
Commander Robert N. Arcos was born in San Antonio, Texas. His family moved to the Northeast Area of Los Angeles, where he was raised. Arcos graduated from John Marshall High School in 1979. Upon graduation from high school, Arcos enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served for four years. Arcos earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Union Institute and University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University.
Arcos was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department on September 12, 1988. He worked a variety of assignments and Divisions as a police officer, which included Rampart Division and Communications Division. His experience included patrol, gangs, vice, narcotics and Senior Lead Officer. In 1997, he was promoted to sergeant. His supervisory assignments included Van Nuys Division, Northeast Division and Management Services Division. His experience included patrol, community relations, gangs, administrative operations, adjutant and assistant watch commander.
In 2003, Arcos was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Wilshire Area as a watch commander. In 2005, he was selected as the Adjutant to the Commanding Officer, Operations Central Bureau. Later that year, he was selected to serve as a Platoon Leader assigned to Metropolitan Division. While assigned to Metropolitan Division he served as the Platoon Leader for A, C, and K-9 Platoon. His duties included directing the activities of the platoon to impact City-wide violent crime and city-wide response to request for K-9 searches. He was promoted to Captain on November 20, 2011, and appointed as the Olympic Division Patrol Commanding Officer. On September 9, 2012, he was appointed as the 77th Street Area Commanding Officer. Arcos has been the recipient of numerous internal and external commendations, and he has twice been awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation.
Arcos has graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, West Point Leadership Development Program, and the FBI National Academy – Session 225.
Arcos is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association (HLEA), the Latin America Law Enforcement Association (La Ley), and the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association (LACPCA).
Arcos is a passionate advocate for community policing and youth development programs. He has a visible leadership style that is proactive and a results-oriented management style that strives for effectiveness. Arcos enjoys playing softball and golf.