Commander Lillian L. Carranza is a 33-year service veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. She was born the first of three children in Honduras, Central America and grew up in New Orleans, LA. She moved to Southern California in 1988 and joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1989.
Commander Carranza was promoted to Commander in July of 2023 and proudly serves as the Assistant Commanding Officer of Operations-Central Bureau (OCB). In this capacity, Commander Carranza helps to oversee the OCB Homicide Unit, Central, Hollenbeck, Rampart, Newton and Northeast Areas. Operations-Central Bureau provides service to a diverse residential population of nearly 800,000 residents within its 64 square miles.
Commander Carranza has worked assignments in all four geographic bureaus and several specialized units giving her varied experience with the different aspects of policing and the communities that the Department serves.
Commander Carranza rose through the ranks of police officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain working various patrol, investigative, and administrative assignments throughout the City. Commander Carranza promoted to the rank of Captain in 2012 and her assignments included assuming command at three operational commands in three different Bureaus: Wilshire, 77th and Van Nuys Areas, later transferring to specialized commands such as Commercial Crimes Division (CCD) in 2018 and Gang and Narcotics Division (GND) in 2022.
While at CCD, Commander Carranza was responsible for the Department’s:
-Major Theft Task Force
-Burglary Specials Section
-Organized Retail/Cargo Theft
-Real Estate Unit
-Intellectual Property Crimes Unit
-Taskforce for Regional Auto Theft Prevention (TRAP)
TRAP is Los Angeles County’s regional, multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency taskforce that investigates, prosecutes and deters vehicle theft and vehicle fraud on a coordinated and cooperative basis.
On January 2022, Commander Carranza was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Gang and Narcotics Division (GND).
The mission of Gang and Narcotics Division is to disrupt violent street gangs and the means by which they support their lifestyle, including the manufacture, transportation, sale and use of illicit drugs, and sales of firearms in the greater Los Angeles Area reducing deaths, overdoses, property and violent crime.
While at GND, Commander Carranza was responsible for the Department’s:
-Department Confidential Informant Coordinator
-Department Carrying a Concealed Weapon Coordinator
-Specialized Electronics and Safe Detail
-Major Enforcement Sections
-HIDTA 44, 51 and 52
-Asset Forfeiture Investigative Detail
-Citywide Abatement Unit (Narcotics / Vice)
-Fugitive and Surveillance Team
-LA IMPACT Group 4 and 12 (Lab Squad)
-FBI Gang Task Force
-FBI Fugitive Task Force
-U.S. Marshal’s Apprehension Task Force
-Fugitive Warrant Squad
-Foreign Prosecution Liaison Unit
Commander Carranza has had an opportunity to work in different leadership positions during several significant events, including the Academy Awards, CicLAvia Bicycle Ride, Armenian Remembrance March, Northridge Earthquake, 1992 LA Riots, School Walk Outs, Hansen Dam Fires, MLK Parade, George Floyd Demonstrations, Corona Virus Response, LVI Super Bowl and May Day Demonstrations.
Commander Carranza attended the University of Southern California, completing her graduate studies in Master of Leadership, she is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum, the Senior Management Institute for Police, the Supervisory Leadership Institute, and the West Point Leadership program. Commander Carranza has completed advanced coursework in emergency management, counterterrorism, and process improvement. She has received over 200 commendations and awards for her police service including the Department’s Meritorious Service Medal for the North Hollywood Bank Shooting investigation.
Commander Carranza has served as Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and served on the Board of Directors for YMCA of the Valley and New Village Girls Academy. She is a member of various professional organizations including the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, Police Executive Research Forum, the Latin American Law Enforcement Association, the Los Angeles Women Peace Officers and Associates Organization, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Commander Carranza strives to promote a community policing style of leadership that stresses intelligent, partnership-oriented strategies involving community stakeholders, as well as various members of the criminal justice system.