The son of a 25-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran, Captain Anthony Espinoza followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the LAPD in 1999. After graduating from the police academy, Captain Espinoza worked several assignments as a police officer, including Patrol, the Juvenile School Car, Gang Enforcement Detail, Narcotics Field Enforcement Section, Vice, as well as Metropolitan Division.
After promoting to the rank of Sergeant in 2007, Captain Espinoza spent time in West Los Angeles, Southwest, Olympic and 77th Areas. Additionally, he was assigned to Internal Affairs Central Criminal Division and Special Operations Division.
In 2017, Captain Espinoza promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to West Los Angeles Area, where he served as the Patrol Watch Commander and Detective Assistant Watch Commander. Captain Espinoza transferred to Information Technology Bureau and served as the adjutant to the Bureau Chief, and the Department Liaison to the Los Angeles Police Foundation.
In 2021, he was promoted to his current rank of Captain, where he served as the Commanding Officer of Devonshire Patrol Division. In 2022, Captain Espinoza was reassigned and is currently the Commanding Officer of Innovation Management Division.
Captain Espinoza graduated from Los Angeles Harbor College and received an Associate of Science Degree in Administration of Justice. His passion for education and leadership led Captain Espinoza to continue his education while on the job, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership, both from Chapman University.
Captain Espinoza has also attended the University of Southern California’s Delinquency Control Institute, Sherman Block Leadership Institute and Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program. Captain Espinoza spent 10 years teaching Vice Undercover Operations to police officers throughout California.