Captain III Jodi Wakefield
joined the Los Angeles Police Department on December 12, 1983. She
has worked a variety of assignments throughout her career,
beginning as a probationary officer in Devonshire Division patrol.
From there she went to Communications Division, then 77th Street
Division patrol, to the West Los Angeles Division Special Problems
Unit, and was assigned as the Vice Coordinator for both Operations
Valley Bureau and Operations West Bureau. She also worked as a
staff researcher for the Deputy Chief of Operations West
When she promoted to Detective in 1995, she was assigned as a
detective trainee on the Major Assault Crimes and Auto tables.
From there she was assigned to Valley Traffic Division's Collision
Investigation Follow-up Unit. Upon promotion to Sergeant in 1996,
she was assigned as the OIC of the Hollywood Bicycle Unit, where
the unit worked the Hollywood "Cruiser Task Force." From Hollywood
Division, she returned to patrol as a field Sergeant in Van Nuys
Division, then as the Van Nuys Patrol Captain's adjutant. Shortly
thereafter, she promoted to Sergeant II and was the Commander's
Aide for Valley Bureau.
In 1999, when she promoted to Lieutenant I, she was assigned as the
Watch Commander at Van Nuys Division. After promoting to
Lieutenant II, she worked as the Sworn Hiring Coordinator for the
Department, representing the Chief of Police to improve the hiring
process. From there, she worked as the OIC of Recruitment and
Background Investigations, and the OIC of the Employee Relations
Group under the Chief of Police.
In 2005, Wakefield was promoted to Captain I and was assigned as
the Patrol Commanding Officer for Central Patrol Division. In
2007, she was promoted as the Area Commanding Officer for Central
Division. During her time at Central Division, she successfully
navigated the Skid Row "Safer Cities Initiative," the 2008 Lakers
Championship Series, and oversaw the opening of the multi-billion
dollar entertainment destination, "L.A. Live."
In February 2009, Captain III Wakefield was assigned as the
Commanding Officer of both Audit Division and Civil Rights
Integrity Division, which were later combined into Internal Audits
and Inspections Division (IAID). In July 2009, it was announced
that the Federal Consent Decree that the Department had been under
for eight years had been lifted.
On a personal note, Captain III Wakefield was born and raised in
the San Fernando Valley. She graduated from Canoga Park High
School and attended UCLA, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in
Psychology. In addition, she graduated from the West Point
Leadership Course provided by the Department and is a 2009 graduate
of the Southern California Leadership Network. She is a member of
the Los Angeles Women's Police Officers Association and the
National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.
She is also the mother of two teenage children, Katlin and James.