Captain III Charles Hearn was born in the Midwest and grew up in Simi Valley, California. Charles graduated from Simi Valley High School and at the age of 17 attended California State University Northridge, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Shortly thereafter he joined the Los Angeles Police Department in December 1989. Charles has worked in a number of assignments beginning as a patrol officer and later a gang officer. While working in the field and raising a family, Charles continued his education and went on to earn a Master’s Degree from California State Dominguez Hills.
After five years of service Charles was promoted to detective and worked in that capacity for several years until promoting to sergeant. As a sergeant, Charles worked in field supervision, administration and as an investigator in the criminal section of internal affairs. Upon promotion to Lieutenant, Charles managed a patrol watch and then was selected as an Officer in Charge of a City Wide gang unit. From there, he applied to the Police Commission and was selected as a Lieutenant Commanding Officer, of the Commission Investigation Division.
Charles was promoted to Captain and was assigned as a Patrol Commanding Officer for two geographic within Los Angeles including Harbor and Topanga. Charles was promoted to the second and third ranks of Captain at the Gang and Narcotics Division, where he is currently assigned. The Gang and Narcotics Division has many functions including major narcotics investigations, large scale gang investigations, apprehension of fugitives, and legislative/ policy issues pertaining to gangs, guns and narcotics.
Charles maintains membership in several professional organizations such as: the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the California Gang Investigator’s Association. Charles also holds California State Police Officers Standards in Training (POST) Certificates for the Basic, Advanced, Supervisory and Management levels. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program, the LAPD Command Development Program, the Supervisory Leadership Institute, and the Senior Management Institute from Boston.
During his spare time, Charles enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Edwina and their children, attending his local church, and participating in fitness related activities.