LAPD Command Staff

Terry Carter

Carter, Terry
  • Rank: Police Administrator I
  • Division: Records & Identification Division
  • Email:


Terry L. Carter is the Commanding Officer of Records and Identification Division. She currently oversees over 180 employees responsible for processing all reports within the LAPD, fulfilling community member requests for reports, letters of good conduct, and arrest summaries, to name a few. Records and Identification Division responds to requests from other law enforcement and public agencies, and inputs and modifies numerous entries into various local, state, and federal systems. Ten print fingerprint comparisons and testimony related to fingerprint comparisons is another responsibility within Records and Identification Division. Mrs. Carter’s civil service career began with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, specializing in creating, facilitating, and training courses for employees, and then handling the selection, interview, and hiring of employees. The personnel experience was expanded to include complaint investigations and grievances. Mrs. Carter also served as co-counsel in civil service hearings and arbitrations. She then transferred to the Personnel Department, Police and Fire Selection Division, Entry Level and Recruitment Sections. This connection led her to the Police Department, where she has worked a variety of assignments and locations over the last 21 years, including Harbor, 77th, Crime Analysis Section, and Inspection & Control Division. Mrs. Carter served as the Officer in Charge (OIC) of Scientific Investigation Division’s Technical Laboratory, Fiscal Operations Division, Supply OIC, and the Commanding Officer of Property Division. Mrs. Carter’s credits include a BA in Communication Studies with a Business Emphasis, Masters in Business Administration, the WestPoint Leadership Program, the LAPD Command Development Program, and the Senior Management Institute of Police.