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Robert N. Arcos, Assistant Chief

Robert N. Arcos

Assistant Chief
Office of Operations

email A proven leader with a results-oriented management style, Assistant
Chief Robert N. Arcos leads the LAPD's Office of Operations,
overseeing citywide patrol operations, the department's response to
homelessness and serves as the Latino liaison. He is a passionate
advocate for community policing and youth development programs and
is committed to building trust and reducing crime in Los Angeles.
He has more than sixteen years of management experience, with more
than seven in a senior executive position.

Chief Arcos has served in every Bureau in the city, and has created
lasting relationships with neighborhood advocates, non-profit
organizations, the business community, and civic leaders, as well
as creating and fostering model community/police youth development
programs such as Through Our Eyes and 77th Street Area Youth Soccer

A reform-minded executive, Chief Arcos has implemented new
processes to more effectively use technology and departmental
resources, and is recognized as a strong, yet humble leader. With
the department, he has helped tackle some of the greatest
challenges of our day, including homelessness, an immigrant
population that harbors fear of the government and police, and
communities with high levels of drug and mental health

Chief Arcos was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in
1988. He progressed through the ranks, working assignments with
increasing responsibility throughout the city. He has experience in
patrol, gangs, vice, narcotics, and K-9 operations. He also served
as a Senior Lead Officer, working closely with the community to
build partnerships and increase safety. Arcos has been the
recipient of numerous internal and external commendations, and he
has twice been awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Chief Arcos grew up in Atwater Village.
He graduated from John Marshall High School and enlisted in the
United States Army, where he proudly served for four years. Arcos
earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Union Institute and a M.A.
degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. He is
a graduate of 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).