LAPD Command Staff

Paul Espinosa

Bio

Captain Paul M. Espinosa was born in San Fernando, California, and grew up in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, in the areas that now comprise Mission and Foothill. He attended California State University, Northridge, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Urban Studies.

Captain Espinosa was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in April of 1994. During the course of his career, he has worked a variety of assignments at nine different Community Police Stations within three different geographic Bureaus. At the police officer rank, his assignments included patrol, bicycle detail, prostitution enforcement detail, vice, narcotics, and staff researcher.

In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and had opportunities to work as a field supervisor, bicycle/hype unit supervisor, Officer in Charge (OIC) at Community Relations, OIC at Office of Operations, Assistant Watch Commander, Commander’s Aide, and as an Investigator at Special Operations Division. Captain Espinosa also held the rank of detective where he was assigned to Rampart Area and investigated major assault crimes, crimes against persons, and burglaries.

In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was assigned as a Watch Commander at West Los Angeles and West Valley Areas, OIC at the North Hollywood Gang Impact Team and as the Commanding Officer of Foothill Detective Division.

In 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Captain of Police and was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Foothill Patrol Division. In 2016, Captain Espinosa was assigned as the Commanding Officer of In-Service Training Division, where he oversaw training for all in-service personnel.

In 2017, Captain Espinosa was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Juvenile Division, where he oversees the Abused Child Section, Child Protection Section, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. In 2019, Captain Espinosa was assigned as the Commanding Officer of West Valley Area, where he is responsible for overseeing the operations of this LAPD geographic Area.

Captain Espinosa enjoys reading, running, and most other athletic activities, but most importantly, he enjoys spending time with his
wife and sons.