Captain Alex Baez was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Queens, New York and Miami, Florida. Upon graduation from high school, Captain Baez served in the United States Marine Corps, where he was honorably discharged as a Non-Commissioned Officer in March of 1989. Two days later he entered the Los Angeles Police Academy.
Captain Baez is a 34-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. As a member of the Los Angeles Police Department, Captain Baez has worked as a patrol officer at Hollywood, Rampart and Wilshire; as a gang officer and investigator at Rampart, Operations-West Bureau Crash, and Robbery Homicide Division; as a vice officer at Rampart, Element Member at Metropolitan Division, and as a Public Information Officer at Media Relations.
As a Supervisor, he worked the following assignments: Central Division, Assistant Officer-In-Charge at Civil Rights Integrity Division, Assistant Officer-In-Charge at Internal Audits, and Inspections Division; Assistant Watch Commander at Newton Division, as a Lieutenant Watch Commander at Hollywood, Hollenbeck, and Newton; Officer-In-Charge of the Hollywood Entertainment Detail; Detective Watch Commander at Newton, Officer-In-Charge of the Gang Impact Team at Newton. In August of 2018, Captain Baez was promoted to the rank of Captain, Patrol Commanding Officer of Southwest Division. In August of 2019, Captain Baez was promoted to Captain III, as the Area Commanding Officer of Newton Division. In 2023, Captain III Baez was transferred to Transit Services Division and now serves as the Commanding Officer of Transit Services Division.
While the Department was under a Federal Consent Decree, Captain Baez was assigned as the liaison to the Federal Monitor and responsible for all gang related provisions of the Consent Decree. His role was recognized in the Federal Monitor’s Final report. During the consent decree he was instrumental in creating policies, audits, and inspections for city-wide gang units. These policies, audits and inspections were recognized as “best practices” and are still in place today.
Captain Baez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management and graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Point Leadership Program, Los Angeles Police Command Officer Development program and Police Officer Standard of Training (POST) Management Course. Captain Baez has been awarded the Police Commission Unit Citation medal, Police Meritorious Unit Citation medal, Civil Unrest ribbon, and Democratic National Convention ribbon.
Captain Baez recognizes the value of “Community policing and Partnerships” programs that unite not only the people who live and work in the community but the brave police officers, who risk their lives to protect them. Captain Baez is a strong supporter of building relationship-based policing and an advocate of the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development programs. Captain Baez is a baseball aficionado, who enjoys spending time with his family and participating in sports.