Commander Natalie Cortez was born and raised in Southern California. She joined the Los Angeles Police Department in November 1993. Captain Cortez has worked a variety of divisions as a Police Officer which included Newton Division, Southeast Division, Southwest Division, Personnel Division and Legal Affairs Division.
In October 2000, Cortez promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned Foothill Division as a Field Supervisor. After Foothill Division, she was assigned to Audit Division. In November 2002, she was upgraded to Sergeant II at Internal Affairs Division, where she worked as an Investigator. She later became the Aide to the Commanding Officer of Internal Affairs Group. After her tour at Internal Affairs, Cortez transferred to Employee Relations Group.
In 2007, Cortez was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to Van Nuys Division as a watch commander. In 2008, Cortez transferred to Gang and Narcotics Division where she was the Officer in Charge of Gang Support Section/Special Operations Section, which included the Gun Unit, CLEAR Director, and Asian Crime Task Force. In 2013, Cortez transferred to Detective Bureau where she was responsible for the Investigative Analysis Section, under the command of the Chief of Detectives.
On July 10, 2016, she was promoted to Captain and proudly serves as the West Valley Division Patrol Commanding Officer. Captain Cortez possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and traveling with her husband and beautiful daughter.