Captain Julie Rodriguez is a 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. She joined the department in 1996 and worked patrol in several divisions as a police officer, bicycle officer, field training officer, and undercover vice officer. She was promoted to Detective, worked in the elite Robbery Homicide Division, Rape Special Section, and spent several years as a Sexual Assault investigator handling high-profile sexual assaults and child molestation cases. In 2005, she was promoted to Sergeant and worked in several divisions as a patrol supervisor and mobile field force squad leader at several significant events throughout Los Angeles.
In 2012, Julie was promoted to Lieutenant Watch Commander in charge of 75 officers and six sergeants. She has also been the Officer-in-Charge of the Gang Impact Team, where she oversaw a uniformed gang unit, narcotics unit, and vice unit, Adjutant to the Chief of Staff working directly for the Chief of Police, and was the Commanding Officer of West Valley Detectives, supervising 50 detectives and five professional staff including three Crime Analysts. In January 2024, Julie was promoted to Captain and assigned to Wilshire Division.
Julie has a bachelor’s degree in criminology and sociology and a master’s degree in law enforcement and public safety leadership from the University of San Diego. She graduated from the prestigious LAPD West Point Leadership program and holds certification from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Julie is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 280. She is the 1st Vice President of the Los Angeles Women Police Officers and Associates organization and the 2nd Vice President of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. She is a member of the International Association of Women Police, California Women Leaders in Law Enforcement, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Latin American Law Enforcement Association.
Through her own failing forward journey, Julie has helped thousands of employees navigate the difficult exam and interview process. She has mentored thousands of employees in their quest for promotion and is a strong advocate for women in policing internally and at a national level.
In her spare time, she and her husband are chauffeurs, personal chefs, amusement directors, last-minute school project coordinators, mediators, nurses, coaches, cheerleaders, photographers, and drill sergeants to a teenage daughter and son.