Commander German A. Hurtado was born in the City of Torrance, California, and lived in Los Angeles as a child. In 1993, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served as a Combat Engineer. His assignments included Special Operations Training Group, and 1st Marine Division, Combat Engineer Battalion. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant.
In July 1998, Commander Hurtado fulfilled his lifelong goal of becoming a Los Angeles Police Officer. As a probationary police officer, he completed training at Rampart Patrol Division. He wheeled to Wilshire Patrol, and worked as a Field Training Officer, Gang Enforcement Detail, and a Senior Lead Officer. In 2005, he joined Metropolitan Division where he worked Special Weapons and Tactics until his promotion to sergeant in January 2014. As a field sergeant, he worked 77th Street Division, as well as an Assistant Watch Commander in Newton Division. He was promoted to lieutenant in January 2017 and worked Northeast Division as a watch commander before transferring back to Newton Division as the Gang Impact Team, Officer-In-Charge. In 2018, he was upgraded to Lieutenant II at 77th Street Area as the Gang Impact Team, Officer-In-Charge. He remained there until his promotion to the rank of Captain.
In February 2020, Hurtado was promoted to the rank of Captain and was assigned to Foothill Area as the Patrol Commanding Officer.
In November 2020, Hurtado transferred to Hollenbeck Area as Patrol Commanding Officer, and in February 2022 he was upgraded to Hollenbeck Area Commanding Officer. In April 2022, he was promoted to Commander, and assigned to Operations-Central Bureau, Assistant Commanding Officer.
Commander Hurtado received the Medal of Valor, Two Police Stars, and the National Top Cop Award. His Education includes a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management, and a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership, from the University of Southern California.