Commander Ruby Flores was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in 1994. After her Police Academy training, Commander Flores served in a variety of patrol assignments, including Northeast Area, 77th Street Area, and Southeast Area, where she advanced to the position of Field Training Officer. Commander Flores returned to the Police Academy as an instructor and developed an expertise in police education and training, curriculum development, domestic violence, community policing, hate crimes, crisis communications, and diversity.
In 2002, Commander Flores was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant and served in three of the four geographic Bureaus of the City. Commander Flores advanced to Police Sergeant II and served as an Assistant Watch Commander, Development Team, Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response (RACR) Division; Assistant Officer in Charge of Media Relations Section, and as Aide for two Chiefs of Police.
In 2012, Commander Flores was promoted to the rank of Police Lieutenant and was assigned to Rampart Area, where she served as a Patrol Watch Commander. She was then assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff, as the Department Relations Liaison.
In 2015, Commander Flores was promoted to Police Captain and was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Community Relationship Division (CRD), where she leveraged her experience and emerging technologies for more effective community engagement. In 2016, Commander Flores advanced to Police Captain III and assumed command of Hollenbeck Area.
In 2017, she was promoted to the rank of Police Commander and assigned to Community Policing and Policy Group. In 2018, Commander Flores moved on to Operations-Central Bureau as the Assistant Commanding Officer. In addition to the daily operations and oversight of five commands, she was responsible for implementing a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) program in each of the five Gang Enforcement Detail (GED) units within the Bureau. This program has since been institutionalized department wide, where a CLO is assigned in each of the 21 geographic area GED units.
Upon completion of her tour at Operations-Central Bureau, Commander Flores was assigned to Training Group as the commanding officer in 2019. She was the Department Training Coordinator, Chair of the Tactics Training Review Committee, member of the Use of Force-Policies and Procedures Committee, and Co-Chair of the Use of Force Review Board and the Uniform and Equipment Committee.
In December 2020, Commander Flores was named by Police Chief Michel Moore as the Department’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. She established the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Group and is currently assigned to the Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy. In January 2021, she earned a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.
Commander Flores serves as the President of the Los Angeles Women Police Officers and Associates. She is also a member of the California Peace Officers’ Association; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; and is a Director of the Los Angeles Police Relief Association.
Commander Flores has earned both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees at California State University Long Beach. She is a National Collegiate Athletic Association student athlete, who has earned numerous accolades for excellence, both on and off the softball field, including pitching a perfect game and being recognized as the 1992 Western Region – Woman of the Year and 1992 All Big West Scholar Athlete of the Year. She is a proud ambassador for her alma mater, encouraging the pursuit of educational goals.
Commander Flores is a life-long resident of Southern California and mother of two adult children.