The Operations-Central Bureau Homicide Unit investigates homicides in the five geographical divisions of Central, Rampart, Hollenbeck, Newton, and Northeast. The Officer-in-Charge is Lieutenant Ryan Rabbett.
Central Bureau has a population of roughly 900,000 people, encompasses 65 square miles, and includes such diverse communities as the downtown business district, Eagle Rock, the Garment District, MacArthur Park, Dodger Stadium and Griffith Park. It borders Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and South Pasadena. Central Bureau’s population is the most ethnically and culturally diverse in the City.
A “Homicide” is defined as “the killing of one human being by another human-being”. A homicide is not always a criminal act. In some cases, it may be justifiable or excusable.
Homicide and murder are not the same. All murders are homicides, but not all homicides are murder. For instance, California Penal Code section 195 says in part that a killing is “excusable” when committed by accident and misfortune, in the heat of passion, upon any sudden and sufficient provocation, or upon a sudden combat, when no undue advantage is taken, nor any dangerous weapon used, and when the killing is not done in a cruel or unusual manner.
Additionally, Operations-Central Bureau Homicide also investigates deaths deemed not a homicide but that are suspicious in nature to include some suicides and drug overdose cases.
Operations-Central Bureau Homicide regularly works with a multitude of partnerships to include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Marshall Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) whenever their assistance helps us achieve our goal.
If you have any information regarding a homicide or suspicious death, please contact us at Operations-Central Bureau Homicide, (213) 486-8700.