LAPD Command Staff

Andrew Neiman

Bio

Captain Andrew Neiman is a southern California native who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. His passion for serving the community developed at an early age, with law enforcement in particular captivating his attention as he grew up in the Valley. His specific desire to become a police officer in the City of Los Angeles solidified one afternoon in 1974 when Andrew arrived home from school to discover that his family’s home in North Hollywood had been burglarized! Not knowing whether the burglars were still inside his home, he alerted a neighbor to call 911. Within a few minutes, an LAPD black and white patrol car turned onto his street and drove toward him.

To this day, he stills remembers the feeling of reassurance and safety he felt as he waited in front of his family’s home and saw the approaching squad car race toward him with its emergency lights on. He wanted to provide that same feeling of comfort and well-being to others who needed help. It was that desire that led him to join the Los Angeles Police Department.

Although law enforcement was always his first career choice, he also excelled in science and even considered becoming a doctor! As such, Captain Neiman attended California State University Northridge (CSUN) where he majored in biology. While completing pre-med studies at CSUN, he also took courses in sign language and hearing science as electives. These courses provided him with unique insight about members of the community who are deaf or have other hearing disabilities.

Andrew ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communicative Disorders with a focus on audiology. Although audiology was an intriguing career, it was not where his passion laid and his desire to become an LAPD officer remained his number one priority. As such, in 1986, Andrew entered the LAPD academy and was on his way to realizing his childhood dream of becoming an LAPD officer.

Although he admits it was not an easy task, Captain Neiman excelled through the academy, particularly running the hills around Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium (adjacent to the academy). In fact, he had the honor of being elected president of his academy class by his cadet peers, and ultimately graduated among the top recruits of his class. Following the academy, Captain Neiman began his exciting and rewarding decades-long career with the LAPD serving first as a probationary police officer in the Van Nuys Division.

Following initial service in the field as a patrol officer, he worked in a variety of patrol and specialized units, including Vice and the Special Problems Unit. He was also an instructor with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (DARE), a highly successful national community relations program taught to youth in our schools for many years throughout Los Angeles.

Andrew earned the rank of Sergeant in 1994, coincidently the same year as the devastating Northridge earthquake. As a Sergeant, he was assigned to several specialized details, including working on the historic Rampart Corruption Task Force, which collected information and evidence that ultimately was a game changer in how the department would operate in the years to follow. Captain Neiman was also assigned to the Command Post Cadre where he gained great knowledge and expertise in disaster and emergency planning and mitigation. Some of his other supervisory assignments included Vice, Planning and Research, and time on loan to the Internal Affairs Division.

In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned to the North Hollywood Division where he was later appointed as the Detective Commanding Officer, leading in this role for a number of years. In 2007, he was selected to be the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Emergency Management Section within the Emergency Operations Division. As the OIC, his expertise in disaster planning and catastrophic response and mitigation came into play. Andrew soon became an instructor throughout the state and the nation, teaching the Incident Command System (ICS) and emergency management in general to other agencies.

In 2011, he was selected to become the OIC of the Media Relations Section for the department. It was in this new role that he served as the department’s spokesperson during a number of very high profile incidents, including the Grim Sleeper Mass Murders, the Christopher Dorner Manhunt, the I-405 freeway ‘Carmageddon’ project, the annual LA Marathon, and numerous other occurrences and events.

In 2015, Andrew was promoted to Captain and returned to the Van Nuys Patrol Division. This was a special honor, since he started his career in the division nearly three decades earlier! One year later, Police Chief Charlie Beck asked Captain Neiman to return to Media Relations and lead the Media Relations and Community Affairs Group as the commanding officer.

In March of 2017, Chief Beck reassigned Captain Neiman to the Valley Traffic Division (VTD), appointing him as the Commanding Officer of this important division. In this role, Captain Neiman is excited to be part of the VTD team where the men and women of the division work tirelessly to help make our streets safer for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike throughout the San Fernando Valley. It is wonderful to be part of this great team and to serve the community where he grew up and first developed his love for serving others.

Captain Neiman earnestly works alongside the highly professional team of the VTD and consistently partners with the Valley’s diverse communities to make our highways and bi-ways safe for all who travel in our great city.