Captain Alex Vargas was born and raised in the City of Los Angeles. He is the third of six children and the first college graduate in his family. Alex has been married for nearly 15 years and has two children. Alex graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in June 1991, with a degree in Social Science. He was also a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity while at Cal State, LA.
After graduating from college, Alex was employed with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), where he has worked for over twenty-seven years. Previously Alex held the rank of Lieutenant II and was assigned as the Commanding Officer for Southwest Detective Division. As an officer with the LAPD, Alex has worked many different assignments, including patrol in Central, Van Nuys, Hollywood, 77th Street and Hollenbeck Divisions. Specialized units in Van Nuys Vice, Hollenbeck GED, Newton CLEAR and Southwest GIT. Geographic detectives in Southeast and Southwest. Internal Affairs at Valley and Central Admin Sections.
Alex has been involved with the Cal State, LA Mentoring Program for the past seven years. He has also mentored numerous less tenured police officers and supervisors within the LAPD for the past twelve years. Alex has a strong passion for mentoring and developing individuals interested in criminal justice. Alex recently was promoted to the rank of Captain III and is the new Commanding Officer at Communications Division.