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John A. Sherman, Commander

John A. Sherman


email Commander John A. Sherman was born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He attended Cleveland High School and California State University Northridge (CSUN). While attending CSUN, he was a Police Student Worker with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Prior to becoming a sworn officer, he served four years active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Commander Sherman is a second-generation Los Angeles police officer; his father, Glen Sherman, retired as a Lieutenant in 1980.

In 1985, Commander Sherman joined the LAPD. As a police officer, he worked as a patrol officer in the Rampart, Devonshire, and Hollywood Areas. In 1990, he was promoted to Sergeant and worked Central Area, the Office of Operations, and also completed two tours of duty in Wilshire Area as a patrol supervisor. In 1997, he was promoted to Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, he was assigned to Rampart Area as a watch commander, and then to Management Services Division. On April 8, 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. He has been the Commanding Officer of the Devonshire Operations Support Division, Devonshire Patrol Division, the Assistant Commanding Officer of Rampart Area, and the Commanding Officer of West Valley Area.

In November 2007, then Captain Sherman was named the Area Commanding Officer of the soon-to-be 21st Area of the LAPD Topanga Area. During 2008, Commander Sherman headed up the transition team for Topanga Area and helped identify the personnel, create the command, and mobilize the community for the LAPD’s newest Area command. On January 4th, 2009, Topanga Area opened her doors and began operations.

In October 2010, Commander Sherman was appointed as a Commander and assigned to Operations-Central Bureau as the Assistant Commanding Officer. Central Bureau oversees all police activity in the five Area commands around the downtown area of Los Angeles.

In September 2013, Commander Sherman was appointed as the Assistant Commanding Officer of the Office of Special Operations.  In this role, he oversees Jail Division, Property Division, and Security Services Division. 

In addition to his current function as the Commander to three Divisions, Commander Sherman represents the LAPD in his role as the Department Diplomatic Liaison Officer.

Commander Sherman earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 1994. Commander Sherman is married with three adult children and enjoys soccer, travel and camping.