Commander Elaine Morales was born in Hollywood, California and raised in Los Angeles County. She was a law enforcement police explorer for three years, where she learned the many duties of law enforcement and positive engagement with the community. She received her Bachelor’s degree from California State-Los Angeles University and joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1988.
Her career began at Van Nuys Division as a patrol officer and has since worked in every bureau, South Bureau CRASH, Newton Patrol, Bicycle Detail, and Central Bureau Narcotics as an undercover officer. She was promoted to the rank of Training Officer in 1990 and worked Pacific Patrol, 77th Vice, and remained at 77th Division as a Senior Lead Officer.
In 1997, she was promoted to Sergeant and worked patrol assignments at Rampart Division, Southeast Division, Transit Rail Division, Hollenbeck Division, Personnel (Recruitment-Hiring Section) and Internal Affairs Division-South Section. Her Lieutenant career path included North Hollywood Division, OIC at Policies and Procedures Division, OCOP-Community Relations Section, Operations-Central Bureau and Officer-in-Charge Wilshire-Gang Impact Team.
On February 7, 2016, Elaine was promoted to Captain at Foothill. Her Captain assignments included North Hollywood, West Traffic Division, Security Services Division, and Commanding Officer, Central Area.
On September 24, 2023, she was promoted to Commander and assigned as the Commanding Officer, Transit Services Group.
Commander Morales is a graduate from the FBI National Academy, West Point Leadership Development Program, and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.
Commander Morales is a member of the FBI National Academy, Latin America Law Enforcement Association (LALEY), the Los Angeles Women’s Police Officer Associates (LAWPOA) and IACP.