Captain Alex Medel was born in West Covina, California and raised in Eagle Rock. Upon completion of High School, he attended the University of Southern California. After graduating from college, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1994 and completed his probationary period in Central Area.
He then transferred to Valley Traffic Division as a police officer, worked a variety of assignments including patrol, bike patrol, foot beats, and training officer.
In 2000, Captain Medel was promoted to Sergeant. His supervisory assignments included West Valley, Olympic, Security Services and Training Division. His experience included patrol, and assistant watch commander. He was the Officer in Charge of the Security Services Division, which included working in collaboration with the City Library, Department of Recreation and Parks and the Department of Sanitation.
In 2002, Captain Medel was promoted to the rank of Detective and was assigned to Wilshire Division where he investigated crimes related to burglary, robbery, sex crimes, juvenile crimes and homicide.
In 2009, Captain Medel was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Hollywood Area as a watch commander. In September of 2017, Captain Medel was selected as the Officer In Charge of the Police Litigation Section and Discovery Section of Legal Affairs Division.
Captain Medel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California. In addition, he has successfully completed the Los Angeles Police Department West Point Leadership Program and the Sherman Block Supervisor Leadership Institute (SBSLI).
In October of 2022, Captain Medel was promoted to the rank of Captain as the Commanding Officer of Devonshire Patrol Division.
In July of 2023, Captain Medel was reassigned to Metropolitan Division as the Assistant Commanding Officer.
Captain Medel is married and has one daughter. He enjoys running Marathons and coaching his 14-year-old daughter in track and field.