Captain Al Lopez was born and raised in the City of Los Angeles. He grew up in the Northeast and Hollenbeck Areas of Los Angeles, where he attended Benjamin Franklin High School. He continued his education at Sonoma State University and earned a Criminal Justice Administration degree.
Lopez was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991. As a police officer, he worked Hollywood Central and Rampart Areas, and Metropolitan Division. He had been assigned to gangs and vice and has also been an element/equestrian member. In 2001, he became a Sergeant and in this capacity worked Southwest, Northeast and Olympic Areas as well as Internal Affairs Group. As a member of the Olympic Transition Team, Lopez was responsible for the creation of the 20th Community Police Station.
In 2011, Lopez was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to Southwest Area as a Watch Commander. He then became the Officer-in-Charge of the newly formed University Park Task Force and of the Gang Impact Team. He was then transferred to the Office of Operations as the Officer-in-Charge of Evaluation and Administrative Section.
In 2015, Lopez was promoted to Captain and assigned to Southeast Division as the Patrol Commanding Officer. In July 2015, he because the Commanding Officer of Air Support Division.
In August 2018, Lopez became the Commanding Officer of Rampart Area, which serves a diverse community located in the most densely populated area in the heart of the City of Los Angeles. Historic locations in Rampart Area include MacArthur Park, the Victorian Homes, and Echo Park.
Lopez is a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department West Point Leadership Program, the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and the Los Angeles Police Department Command Development Course. He is a member of the Latin American Law Enforcement Association and the Command Officers Association. He has been the recipient of the Meritorious Unit Citation and the Police Medal.
Captain Lopez is married to his wife Mary, and they have recently celebrated their 25th year wedding anniversary. In his personal time, Lopez enjoys spending quality time with his family, coaching soccer, running, camping and traveling.