Captain III Adrian Gonzalez was born and raised in the City of Los Angeles. He is one of six children. He graduated from James A. Garfield High School in East Los Angeles in 1988.
Upon his graduation, he served in the United States Marine Corps where he was stationed at Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During the 1990-1991 Gulf War, he was deployed to Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
In 1997, he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1998, working a variety of assignments including patrol, narcotics, vice, and Field Training Officer. In 2006, he was promoted to Detective and assigned to Newton Division. He promoted to Sergeant in 2008, working Rampart Division, Northeast Division where he supervised the Gang Unit, Office of Operations, and later 77th Street Division-Community Relations Office. In 2016, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to Olympic Division. In 2019, he was promoted to Captain, assigned as the Patrol Commanding Officer of Rampart Area.
In 2021, he was upgraded to Captain II and assigned as the Commanding Officer of South Bureau Homicide Division.
He holds an Executive Master of Leadership degree from the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy.