LAPD Command Staff

Leland G. Sands


Captain Leland G. Sands was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

Captain Sands attended Union Institute and University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management. He later earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne.

In 1985 Captain Sands joined the Los Angeles Police Department and upon graduating from the police academy was assigned to Pacific Area. His other assignments as a police officer include Southeast Division, Central Division, South Bureau Gangs, Detective Support Division and Tactical Planning Section.

In 1996 Captain Sands was promoted to Sergeant. As a sergeant he was assigned to Central Division, Operation-Central Bureau. In 1997, he transferred to 77th Division where he worked as a field supervisor. While at 77th Division, he became the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Special Enforcement and Complaint unit’s. In 2001, he was upgraded to sergeant II at Internal Affairs Group, Special Operations Division.

In 2006, he was selected as the assistant Officer-in Charge at Media Relations Sections. While at media relations he authored  speaking points for the Chief of Police and other command staff personal while acting as a Department liaison to community stakeholders. He was the Department spokesperson and provided on camera interviews with media outlets both domestically and internationally.

In 2008 he was promoted to lieutenant and returned to 77th Area as a watch commander. He later transferred to Harbor Division. In 2009, he was upgraded to lieutenant II at Gang and Narcotics Division and was selected as the Officer-in-Charge of the City-wide Narcotics Buy Team. While at gang and narcotics he later became the Officer-in-Charge of Fugitive Warrant Section and the Parolee-at-Large Unit.

In 2014, he was selected to lead the elite Cold Case Homicide Special Section out of Robbery-Homicide Division. As both a sergeant and lieutenant, he has been the Officer-in-Charge of seven different units and the assistant in one another.

Captain Sands is credited with organizing the Department’s efforts in addressing Parole Realignment (AB109). He developed  protocols and procedures which were adopted and utilized by other law enforcement entities.

On June 12, 2014, he was promoted to the rank of captain and was appointed as the patrol commanding officer at Mission Area. He went on to become the patrol commanding officer at Southeast Division and was later promoted to Captain II at South Traffic Division.

On April 2, 2017, he was upgraded to Captain III and assigned to Southwest Division as the Area commanding officer.

Captain Sands is a graduate of the FBI National Academy-Session 245. He has attended various schools on leadership, team building,
incident management and critical thinking. He is a member of several professional organizations including, California Peace Officers Association (CPOA), the Latin America Law Enforcement Association (La Ley), and the Los Angeles Women Police Officer’s Association (LAWPOA).

Captain Sands is the father to one daughter who is also in law enforcement. He currently resides in Los Angeles County.