Robert N. Arcos
Deputy Chief 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
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
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.