Captain Michael Oreb was
born and raised in San Pedro, California, graduating from San Pedro
High School in 1982. He comes from a long line of Los Angeles
Police Officers: His great-grandfather (John G. Magness) was killed
in the line of duty in 1920 while working University Division (now
known as Southwest Area); his great-uncle (Zack P. Magness) retired
from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) as a Captain of
Detectives; and two other uncles retired in the late 1960s after
lengthy and successful LAPD careers.
After completing LAPD Academy training in September 1986, Captain
Oreb was assigned as a probationary officer at Southeast Patrol.
Upon completing his probationary period, he was assigned to Central
Traffic Division where he worked as an Accident Investigator. In
1990, he transferred to Newton Patrol where he promoted to Police
Officer III, Field Training Officer. From there, he went to Central
Patrol where he was assigned as a Field Training Officer for the
subsequent five years. In 1996, he promoted to Sergeant and worked
as a Patrol Field Supervisor at both Southeast and Newton Areas.
While working as a Patrol Supervisor at Newton Area, he was loaned
to Newton Area Vice. That assignment led him to promote to Sergeant
II as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC)of Hollenbeck Area Vice. After a
year and a half at Hollenbeck Area Vice, Captain Oreb transferred
to Internal Affairs where he worked as an investigator until he
promoted to Lieutenant in 2006.
After his promotion to Lieutenant, he was assigned to Hollywood
Area as a Patrol Watch Commander. In March 2008, Captain Oreb took
over as the OIC of the Hollywood Area Gang Impact Team (GIT).For
the next three years, under his leadership,Hollywood Area achieved
a 73% reduction in gang-related crime. Thereafter, Captain Oreb and
Hollywood GIT were awarded the Department's Meritorious Unit
Citation. From there, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of
Hollywood Detectives.In January 2012, he was promoted to Captain of
Central Patrol Division. On March 20, 2016, he assumed his current
command at Harbor Area.
In 2005, Captain Oreb earned a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational
Studies from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). He is
a graduate of the LAPD West Point Leadership and earned a Master's
Degree in Emergency Services from CSULB in 2008. He is currently a
member of the Police Officers' Association of Los Angeles County
Captain Oreb is married to Linda, his wife of ten years; they have