LAPD Command Staff

Steve Embrich

Steve Embrich


Commander Steven Embrich is a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and currently serves as the Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-Valley Bureau. Prior to his promotion to the rank of Commander, he served as the Commanding Officer of Pacific Area, which serves approximately 250,000 residents within Pacific’s 25 square mile area. As the Commanding Officer of Pacific Area, Commander Embrich was responsible for overseeing the activities of approximately 350 sworn and civilian employees. Prior to his assignment at Pacific Area, Commander Embrich served as the West Valley Patrol Division Commanding Officer.

Commander Embrich began his career with the Los Angeles Police Department in July 1994, and his first duty assignments included tours at West Valley Area, Devonshire Area, and Training Division where he worked as a patrol officer, foot beat officer, Valley Tagger Task Force Coordinator, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Devonshire Volunteer Surveillance Team, and a Firearms Instructor.

His experience as a Sergeant, included tours in Foothill, West Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Mission, Training Division, Personnel and Training Bureau and Topanga Area, where he served as a Field Supervisor, Firearms Supervisor, Chief’s Aide (Uniform and Equipment Coordinator) and Assistant Watch Commander.

As a Lieutenant, Commander Embrich was a Watch Commander at Wilshire and Topanga Patrol Divisions. He was also assigned to Gang and Narcotics Division, where he was assigned as the OIC of the Gang Support Section (GSS). As the OIC of the GSS, he was responsible for the Gun Unit, Gang Field Unit, FBI MS and 18th Street Gang Task Force, Asian Organized Crime Task Force, and the Gang Administrative Unit.

Commander Embrich also proudly served his country, and recently retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel with 32 years and 11 months of combined service. His military service included six years as an enlisted infantryman and over 26 years as a Commissioned Officer, serving in both the Field Artillery and Military Intelligence branches of the Army. Commander Embrich was awarded the bronze star medal for his service in Iraq.

He is involved in Department athletics and has been a member of the LAPD Pistol Team for over 20 years. The LAPD Pistol team represents the Department at various competitive events to include the United States/World Police and Fire Games and the National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC). Commander Embrich competed on the four-officer team that won National Police Shooting Championships in 2015 and 2016 at the NPSC in Albuquerque, New Mexico.