LAPD Command Staff

Lillian L. Carranza

Lillian Carranza



Captain Lillian Carranza is a 32-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.

Captain Carranza rose through the ranks of police officer, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant working various patrol, investigative, and administrative  assignments throughout the City. Captain 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, Captain Carranza was responsible for the Department’s:

• Cyber Unit
• Major Theft Task Force
• Financial Crimes
• 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, Captain Carranza was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Gang and Narcotics Division (GND).

Since there is a nexus of guns, gangs, narcotics, and crime, the increased cooperation between narcotics and gang detectives, in cooperation with other City entities and resources, was developed to abate chronic narcotic and gang locations. The GND focuses on disrupting violent gangs with allied law enforcement agencies and expand the highly successful High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Task Forces to reduce violent gang crime.

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.

• Department Confidential Informant Coordinator
• Department Carrying a Conceal Weapon Coordinator
• Logistics/Electronics Detail
• Training Detail
• Major Enforcement Section
• LAX Squad
• HIDTA 44, 51 and 52
• Asset Forfeiture Investigative Detail
• DEA Group 2
• Narcotics Abatement Unit
• Fugitive and Surveillance Team
• LA IMPACT Group 4 and 12 (Lab Squad)
• K9 Squad
• JDIG Liaison
• Gun Unit
• FBI Gang Task Force
• FBI Fugitive Task Force
• U.S. Marshal’s Task Force
• Fugitive Warrant Squad
• Rendition Team
• Parolee at Large Squad

Captain 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. Captain 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.

Captain 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 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.

Captain 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.