The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is the police department for the City of Los Angeles, California.

The current Chief of Police is Michel "Mike" Moore. He was appointed to the position on June 27, 2018. Chief Moore is in charge of the third largest police department in the United States, managing 10,000 sworn officers and 3,000 civilian employees.

Chief Moore

The LAPD in the Major Crimes Universe


The Los Angeles Police Department featured in the Major Crimes Universe is fictional, although the department's organizational structure is based on the organization of the real LAPD from 2005, the year The Closer premiered.

Some changes that have happened in the real LAPD after 2005 have been mirrored in the Major Crimes Universe, including the creation of the RACR Division and two geographical areas, Olympic and Topanga, which were created on January 4, 2009. The Major Crimes Universe's LAPD also features many fictional units, including the titular Major Crimes Division, the Criminal Intelligence Division, and the Counter-Terrorism Bureau.

After Thomas Delk was appointed as the Chief of Police in Season 6 of The Closer, he planned on restructuring the department to match the real LAPD organization of the time. (“Unknown Trouble”) Before Chief Delk could make his changes public, he died of a sudden brain aneurysm. After Assistant Chief Will Pope was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police (and later permanently confirmed as the Chief of Police), he decided not to implement any of the drastic changes proposed by Chief Delk.

Organizational chart

Major Crimes, Season 6, "By Any Means, Part 1" – "By Any Means, Part 4" (.PDF Version)

Other organizational charts


The current LAPD headquarters, the Police Administration Building.

The current headquarters of the LAPD is the Police Administration Building (PAB) which opened in October 2009. It replaced the aging Parker Center which was named after Chief of Police William H. Parker, who died of a heart attack while still in office in 1966.

In the Major Crimes Universe, the move from the Parker Center to the PAB happened five days before “The Big Bang” of The Closer, Season 6.

The LAPD's old headquarters, Parker Center.

The Police Administration Building houses the Office of the Chief of Police, the Office of the Director of Operations, and the Major Crimes Division, among others. These offices were previously located in the Parker Center when the building was still in use.

The 9th floor of the PAB

In the Major Crimes, Season 5 finale, “Shockwave, Part 2”​​, the PAB was the target of a bombing, severely damaging it's ninth floor, which houses the Major Crimes Division (MCD) and the Office of the Director of Operations. The bomb detonated in the offices of the Major Crimes Division, but most of the damage was contained within, with other rooms suffering only dust and debris damage. There were no casualties in the attack. In “Sanctuary City, Part 1”​​, the building was shown to be completely fixed.

Office of the Chief of Police

The Office of the Chief of Police has the responsibility for assisting the Chief of Police in the administration of the department.

The Chief of Police is the highest-ranking officer who directs, plans, and coordinates the enforcement of laws for the purpose of protecting persons and property, and for the preservation of the peace in the community.

Chief Pope

The current Chief of Police is William Pope. Chief Pope was the Assistant Chief of Operations before he was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police after the tragic and untimely death of Chief Thomas Delk. Pope was officially confirmed as the Chief of Police for the beginning of Major Crimes. Pope was approved for his second and final term as the Chief during the break between Season 5 and Season 6 of Major Crimes. (Chief of Police from The Closer, Season 7 onward)

Consent Decree Bureau

The Consent Decree Bureau reports directly to the Chief of Police and it is responsible for the management and coordination of the department’s efforts related to implementation and enforcement of the Federal Consent Decree, and all active discrimination consent decrees. Consent Decree Bureau is also responsible for administering and managing the Department’s inspection and auditing processes.

The Consent Decree Bureau was created following the discovery of the LAPD's Rampart Area Corruption Incident. The United States Department of Justice notified the City of Los Angeles that it intended to file a civil suit alleging that the Department was engaging in a pattern or practice of excessive force, false arrests and unreasonable searches and seizures.

Counter-Terrorism Bureau

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau (CTB) provides counter-terrorism resources to the department, including the Bomb Squad Unit, the LAX Bomb Detection K-9 Unit, and the Hazardous Materials Unit (HAZMAT). The Counter-Terrorism Bureau is also responsible for investigating acts of terror and person(s)/group(s) who plan on committing or financing acts of terror.

Current command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau and its divisions is unknown.

Professional Standards Bureau

The Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) reports directly to the Chief of Police and it is the investigative arm of the Chief to identify and report corruption and employee behavior that discredits the LAPD or violates a department policy, procedure, or practice.

The current command of PSB and its divisions is unknown.

Office of Operations

The Office of Operations (OO) has functional control of all field law enforcement, special operations, and detective operations throughout the city, overseeing the four geographical bureaus of the department as well as some specialized bureaus and divisions.

Major Crimes Division

The Major Crimes Division (MCD) investigates homicides that involve multiple or high-profile victims and/or high-profile suspects; all cases involving missing, kidnapped or murdered LAPD officers; select sexual assault investigations and kidnappings; and select missing person cases including "critical missing" cases, involving children who are under 14 years old and/or have mental illnesses or disabilities.

Criminal Intelligence Division

The Criminal Intelligence Division (CI) is responsible for gathering intelligence on criminal organizations, investigating organized crime, providing support to investigations through surveillance operations, and developing strategies for crime prevention as it relates to terrorism or other major crimes.

Current command of the Criminal Intelligence Division is unknown.

Detective Bureau

The Detective Bureau (DB) provides functional leadership for detective operations citywide, including all specialized detective functions assigned to the Detective Bureau and the 21 geographic detective divisions throughout the city.

Current command of the Detective Bureau and its divisions is unknown.

Robbery-Homicide Division

The Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) is responsible for investigating select homicides, bank robberies, serial robberies, extortions, sexual assaults, human trafficking, kidnapping, incidents that result in injury or death to an officer, and threats against officers.

  • In the Major Crimes Universe, RHD's investigative responsibilities are somewhat reduced because of the existence of the Major Crimes Division.

At the end of Season 1 of The Closer, Russell Taylor is promoted to the rank of Commander and he becomes head of the Robbery-Homicide Division after his predecessor, Commander Scott, retires.

After Commander Taylor transferred out of RHD in Season 4 of The Closer, it is not known who assumed command of the division after him.

Detective Support Division

The Detective Support Division (DSD) is responsible for investigating missing persons, hate crimes, threats made to public officials/prominent persons, and aggravated stalking. The division is also responsible for enforcing firearm laws and processing concealed firearm license applications.

Special Operations Bureau

The Special Operations Bureau (SOB) provides the LAPD specialized tactical resources in support of daily field activities, unusual occurrences, and during serious disturbances and elevated threat conditions.

Office of Support Services

The Office of Support Services (OSS) oversees the department's information and communications services and all matters related to personnel and training, LAPD facilities and vehicles, fiscal operations, and other support services.

Scientific Investigation Division

The Scientific Investigation Division (SID) is responsible for collecting evidence at crime scenes or from suspects and victims, and later processing it at the Regional Crime Laboratory.

Behavioral Science Services

The Behavioral Science Services (BSS) is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and administering the psychological services program of the LAPD. Behavioral Sciences is staffed by trained psychologists who specialize in law enforcement-related situations and crises.

BSS provides counseling to all department personnel involved in traumatic situations. BSS psychologists also provide training for personnel on topics such as stress management, suicide prevention, and anger management. BSS also responds with SWAT teams to hostage negotiations and barricaded suspect situations.

Communications Division

The Communications Division maintains the dispatch center for all emergency calls within the City of Los Angeles.

Information Technology Division

The Information Technology Division is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and supporting the IT systems and networks throughout LAPD.


Ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department

For the complete list and description for all of the police ranks of the LAPD, please see: Ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Senior ranks Insignia
Chief of Police
Assistant Chief
Deputy Chief
Senior rank insignias are worn as metal pins on the collars of a shirt or a jacket.
Police Officers Insignia Detectives [1] Insignia
Sergeant II
Detective III
Sergeant I
Detective II
Detective I
Police Officer III+1
Police Officer III
Police Officer I & II [2] No insignia
Insignias for Officers and Sergeants (as well as Detectives when in uniform) are worn as embroidered chevrons on the upper sleeves of a shirt or jacket.


  • [1] Detectives are considered specialists within the LAPD and they are normally considered to be separate from the uniformed chain-of-command. This means that the senior-most detective on the scene is permitted to take charge of an incident when it is necessary for investigative purposes, even if other higher-ranking officers are present.
  • [2] Police Officer I is a probationary rank. Officers gain an automatic promotion to Police Officer II upon satisfactory completion of an 18-month probationary assignment.
  • [2] Police Officer II. Officers must serve at least three years as a Police Officer II before eligibility to be promoted to Police Officer III.

Awards of the Los Angeles Police Department

For the complete list and description for all of the medals and service awards the Los Angeles Police Department can award to its officers, please see: Awards of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Service Stripes

Officers will be awarded service stripes for their long sleeved uniforms to be worn above the left cuff. Each stripe represents five years of service in the LAPD.

Note that the Major Crimes Division is not usually seen in uniform, therefore their service years can not be accurately determined.


Adopted in 1940, the LAPD Series 6 badge is oval in shape and it features a representation of the Los Angeles City Hall and the city seal, as well as the officer's rank and badge number.

Badges used on the show are not real LAPD badges as they are protected by copyright. They feature minor differences in the design of the LA City Hall, center seal, and in the font used as well as in the star insignias of higher ranking officers, while still keeping the iconic and easily recognizable look. Only TV-shows ever to have featured authentic LAPD badges are Jack Webb's Dragnet (1951–1959 and 1967–1970) and Adam-12 (1968-1975), made with cooperation of then-LAPD Chief William H. Parker.

Ranks from Police Officer to Captain have a badge number for identification and ranks from Commander to Chief have their symbol of rank in lieu of badge numbers.

It should be noted that the main cast of both The Closer and Major Crimes wear the same badge in nearly every episode. Only a handful of continuity errors can be seen in regards to badge numbers.

  • The Chief of Police, currently Will Pope, has four stars on his badge.


LAPD windbreaker worn by sworn law-enforcement officers.

Sometimes when the MCD detectives go to arrest suspects or on stake-outs, they wear the LAPD Windbreaker. The jacket features the patch of LAPD on both sleeves, picture of the LAPD badge, and the text Los Angeles Police for easier identification of plain-clothes officers to other law-enforcement and possible suspects.

SID windbreaker worn by Buzz.

A different version of this jacket can be seen worn by Buzz Watson with the police identification being replaced by the text "SID". This is used do differentiate sworn law-enforcement officers from civilian investigators employed by the Scientific Investigation Division (SID).


Most of the LAPD fleet is comprised of Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors, Dodge Chargers, and more recently Ford Police Interceptors and Interceptor Utilities.

Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

The LAPD has used the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) since the first generation was introduced in 1992 and continues to use the second generation CVPI, which debuted in 1998 and remained virtually unchanged until it ended production in 2011.

After the CVPI ceased production, the LAPD has been slowly replacing its aging fleet of CVPI's with Dodge Chargers and the new Ford Police Interceptors.

Provenza and Flynn with a CVPI.

The CVPI was the main vehicle used by the cast of The Closer and Major Crimes, although in the most recent seasons of Major Crimes, the MCD detectives have had their CVPI's replaced with more modern vehicles.

Dodge Charger

2008 Dodge Charger used by Tao, Sykes, and Nolan.

In 2008, the Dodge Charger LX Police Special was approved for duty within the LAPD. It shared patrol duties with the CVPI and has since become the primary patrol vehicle of the department after the CVPI ceased production.

Lt. Michael Tao, Det. Amy Sykes, and Det. Wes Nolan drive the 2008 Dodge Charger. The 2008 model was also used by Captain Sharon Raydor before she received an upgrade.

2011 Dodge Charger used by Det. Sanchez and later Cmdr. Raydor.

A black 2011 Dodge Charger was used by Det. Julio Sanchez during Major Crimes, Seasons 2 & 3. A gray 2011 Dodge Charger is used by Cmdr. Sharon Raydor and Lt. Andy Flynn in “Sanctuary City, Part 1”​​. This is most likely Raydor's new vehicle considering her promotion to Commander and the fact that Lt. Flynn has a Ford Police Interceptor Utility, as noted below.

2015 Dodge Charger used by Det. Sanchez.

Det. Julio Sanchez can be seen driving a black 2015 Dodge Charger from Major Crimes, Season 4 onward. In “Bad Blood”​​, Lt. Tao was seen driving Sanchez' vehicle after Lt. Provenza prohibited Julio from taking part in a vehicle pursuit. Det. Wes Nolan can also be seen driving a black 2015 Charger, most notably in “Conspiracy Theory, Part 1” and “Conspiracy Theory, Part 4”​​.

Ford Police Interceptor

Ford started offering the Ford Police Interceptor (FPI) and the Ford Police Interceptor Utility (FPIU) in 2013, in order to return to the police market after the discontinuation of the CVPI. These models are not available to the general public.

The LAPD is starting to increase it's numbers of the Police Interceptor Sedan for patrol duties from the few that they originally had, as new model years have improved the vehicle significantly.

The Police Interceptor Utility is seeing use in patrol capacity but it is more prevalent for select patrol supervisors because of the extra space offered by the SUV for command equipment or personal protection, and special duties including SWAT, detectives, and commanding officers.

The change to these new vehicles was mentioned in “Turn Down”​​, after Lieutenant Flynn complained to Lieutenant Provenza that Reserve Officer Buzz Watson gets "The Batmobile", while they still drive a car from the nineties, referencing the Ford Police Interceptor Utility and the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor they drove at the time, respectively. At that point Buzz Watson remarked that the vehicle wasn't for him, rather that the entire LAPD is moving towards the new vehicles.

FPIU used by Provenza

After that episode, it appears as Lt. Provenza has had his old CVPI replaced with a gray Ford Police Interceptor Utility, even though he had trouble even starting the vehicle in the previous episode, let alone using it in a official capacity.

FPIU used by Flynn

It appears that in Season 5, Lieutenant Flynn has also had his old CVPI replaced as he can be seen driving a silver Ford Police Interceptor Utility, most notably in “Foreign Affairs”​​ and “Moral Hazard”​​.

Call Signs

NOTE: Because of the large quantity of call signs in use with the LAPD, this list only includes those that are relevant to the Major Crimes Universe. Also note that these call signs are very rarely heard and therefore they are mostly speculation, based on the LAPD call signs from 2005.

Staff 1
Office of the Chief of Police
Chief of Police
Staff 2
Office of Operations
Staff 2A
Office of Operations
Assistant to the Director
Staff 2B
Detective Bureau
Commanding Officer
Staff 2C
Detective Bureau
Assistant Commanding Officer
Staff 2D
Special Operations Bureau
Commanding Officer – Deputy Chief Fritz Howard
NOTE: For some reason, Chief Howard used the call sign 4K62 in “Foreign Affairs”.
Staff 2E
Special Operations Bureau
Assistant Commanding Officer – Cmdr. Ann McGinnis
Staff 2F
Criminal Intelligence Division
Commanding Officer – Cmdr. Leo Mason
NOTE: NEVER USED — Most likely would have been used by Cmdr. Mason because of his Staff Officer status. Would have been reissued to the new Commanding Officer, if also a Commander, or retired/reissued to another officer if the new Commanding Officer is a Captain.
Staff 2G
Major Crimes Division
Commanding Officer – Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson & Cmdr. Sharon Raydor
NOTE: NEVER USED — Should have been in use with Chief Johnson and Cmdr. Raydor (after her promotion to Commander for Major Crimes, Season 6) to represent their Staff Officer status.
Major Crimes Division
Commanding Officer – Capt. Sharon Raydor
NOTE: Heard in “Heart Failure”​​​​​. See note for Staff 2G.
Major Crimes Division
Assistant Commanding Officer – Lt. Louie Provenza
NOTE: Used the call sign 4K60 in “By Any Means, Part 4”​​​​​ when acting as the Commanding Officer.
Major Crimes Division
Lt. Andy Flynn
Major Crimes Division
Lt. Michael Tao
Major Crimes Division
Det. Julio Sanchez
Major Crimes Division
Det. Amy Sykes
NOTE: Heard in “Bad Blood”​ & “Shockwave, Part 1”.
Major Crimes Division
Det. Wes Nolan
Major Crimes Division
Det. Camila Paige
NOTE:Used the call sign 4K64 in “By Any Means, Part 1”​​​​​ even though divisional seniority at the time would have made her call sign 4K66.

The LAPD, along with other local and state law enforcement agencies in California, uses the APCO radiotelephony spelling alphabet rather than the NATO phonetic alphabet. As such, the phonetic alphabet is as follows:

A = Adam H = Henry O = Ocean V = Victor
B = Boy I = Ida P = Paul W = William
C = Charles J = John Q = Queen X = X-ray
D = David K = King R = Robert Y = Young
E = Edward L = Lincoln S = Sam Z = Zebra
F = Frank M = Mary T = Tom
G = George N = Nora U = Union
As featured in the Major Crimes Universe.
Los Angeles Police Department
General information Organizational chart Ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department Awards of the Los Angeles Police Department Police Administration Building
Office of the Chief of Police Professional Standards Bureau:
Force Investigation Division
Counter-Terrorism Bureau
Office of Operations Major Crimes Division Criminal Intelligence Division
Special Operations Bureau:
Detective Bureau:
Office of Support Services Scientific Investigation Division
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