Captain Rolando Solano was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in April 1990, and after successfully completing his Police Academy training, he was assigned to Foothill, Van Nuys and Central Divisions where he worked patrol, foot beats, and vice assignments. During his tour of duty in Central Vice, he initiated abatement proceedings against several drug and prostitution ridden motels. These abatements eventually cleared the area for the establishment of the Staples Center/LA Live entertainment properties. In 1996, he was selected as an element member for a crime suppression platoon in Metropolitan Division where he received the Police Commission Meritorious Unit Citation for teamwork during his deployment at the “North Hollywood Bank of America Robbery”. After Metropolitan Division, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to West Valley Division. In 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Detective and was deployed to Wilshire Division, where he was loaned to Robbery Homicide Division’s Rampart Corruption Task Force. At the conclusion of the Task Force, he accepted an assignment as an investigator and surveillance element member in Internal Affairs Special Operations Section. Upon completion of this tour of duty, he became the Officer-in-Charge of the Van Nuys Vice unit and later returned to Metropolitan Division as a sergeant which included a loan as the Adjutant to the Deputy Chief of Special Operations Bureau.
West Traffic Division
In March 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant at Southwest Area where he was assigned as a Watch Commander, Administrative Lieutenant and Assistant Officer-in-Charge of Southwest Detectives. In April 2009, he was selected as the Lieutenant II Officer-in-Charge of the Ethics Enforcement Section, Professional Standards Bureau. On January 1, 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned as the Commanding Officer, West Los Angeles Patrol Division.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he graduated from Loyola High School in 1982 and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University Northridge. During college and prior to joining the Department, he worked six years in private industry as a sports radio and television producer for a National Football League team. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Tactical Officers Association, graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Command Development School and received leadership training from the Department’s West Point Leadership Program.