Our LAPD Story

Our LAPD Story

The LAPD is the third largest police department in the country, tasked with policing the second largest city in America, Los Angeles. With around 10,000 sworn police officers and nearly 3000 civilian employees, the LAPD is microcosm of the city it serves. Every member of our LAPD family has a voice, and every voice has a story. This is the first ever Podcast produced by the Los Angeles Police Department, and each episode aims to share some of these stories that make up the fabric of our Department. From calls for service, to moments that changed lives forever. This is Our LAPD Story.

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May 2, 2021 24 min

Our LAPD Story returns with a brand new episode.   LAPD Detective Brent Hopkins has lived two lives, one as a journalist for a major Los Angeles newspaper and the other as a police officer.  While these two careers are often at odds, Hopkins believes there are many similarities in the professions.  In fact, he believes a healthy working relationship between the press and the police is critical.  It's just one of the lessons he ...

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There is no doubt we are living through some of the most contentious of times. From an ever-evolving international pandemic to civil and social unrest, 2020 has been a year of constant change and unmitigated social angst, with law enforcement at the center of most of it. 

On this episode of Our LAPD Story, we meet up with Officer Michael Silva. While his name might not ring any bells, you more than likely have seen a now viral video...

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September 21, 2020 28 min

Officer Pablo Soto grew up in South Los Angeles surrounded by a large family, with LAPD officers only coming around when something had gone wrong. Guided by a constant need to serve, he joined the military straight out of high school. After serving his country, Officer Soto was ready to serve Los Angeles, but specifically the neighborhood he grew up in. On this episode of Our LAPD Story, we sit down with Officer Soto, and learn a l...

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June 30, 2020 24 min

From being diagnosed with COVID-19, to working around the clock during the recent days civil unrest that surged across our country as a result of the brutal murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Commander Cory Palka has had one of the busiest five weeks of his 30+ year career. Commander Palka has dedicated his life and career to living by the golden rule: treat others as you would want to be treated. In this episode of Our LAP...

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April 13, 2020 37 min

A career in medicine, and a career in law enforcement. Ask almost anyone, and they would say the two could not be more different. But here in Los Angeles, within the LAPD, both worlds come together in one person: Doctor Kenji Inaba. Doctor Inaba wears many hats-

-Keck Hospital of USC Professor of Surgery (Clinical Scholar)
-Keck Hospital of USC Director, General Surgery Program
-Keck Hospital of USC Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
-K...

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March 23, 2020 23 min

None of us could have imagined what life would be like today. Every day bringing a new set of developments and news related to COVID-19, more commonly referred to as the Corona Virus. In this episode of Our LAPD Story, we take you along as we head out onn patrol with LAPD Senior Lead Officer Jennifer Poepke of Topanga Division in the San Fernando Valley. While many Angelenos are working remote from home, LAPD Officers are not. Offi...

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February 9, 2020 31 min

By all accounts, Officer Georges Kanzoghian (also known as Officer Kano) was dealt a difficult hand in life. He was born in war-torn Lebanon, surrounded by death and destruction. He quickly adopted a negative mindset...an understandable byproduct of his surroundings. But that wasn't a destination Georges was satisfied reaching. After immigrating to the United States, he decided to make his own luck. From going to college, to jo...

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December 19, 2019 22 min

Aaron Green never really considered law enforcement as a career while he was in college. He was no stranger to the profession that is policing however. His dad, LAPD Lieutenant Mark Green, recently retired after 32 years of dedicated service, so Aaron decided to follow in his Dad's footsteps. On this episode of Our LAPD Story, we follow now Officer Green through his first day as an LAPD Officer, and learn why he decided to make...

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October 24, 2019 27 min

When LAPD Officer Jamie Carganilla goes end of watch (the end of her shift), she does something somewhat unconventional. She leaves behind the sometimes crazy show that is Los Angeles, and steps on to a very different stage. On this episode of Our LAPD Story, we take you behind the scenes, literally and figuratively with Jamie. You'll hear how she went from broadway stage to black and white crown vic, and how she fully embraced...

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September 20, 2019 17 min

In episode three of 'The Reserve Journey Miniseries', we get an inside look at one of the cornerstones of the Reserve Officer Police Academy. No it's not learning to drive with the lights on...(yet)...it's first aid. Once all public safety issues are dealt with, one of the primary duties of every LAPD officer is to render aid, so a large portion of academy is fittingly dedicated to learning these potentially life-sa...

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September 6, 2019 39 min

Whether it's Detective Stabler, Benson, Columbo, or Bosch, we all have our favorite T.V. Detectives. While you may have never heard of Detective Mitzi Roberts, you have seen her work. Detective Roberts is not only a technical advisor for the Amazon series 'Bosch', she is the inspiration for one of the characters in the series by writer/creator Michael Connelly, and a real life LAPD Robbery-Homicide Detective. This chapt...

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Firearms training is one of the most important, and nerve-racking components of Los Angeles Police Department Academy process. In Episode 2 of the The Reserve Journey Miniseries, Josh (or Recruit Officer Rubenstein) give us an inside look into what firearms training within the LAPD sounds, and feels like. Along the way we get introduced to one of his classmates, a UCLA economics professor, to learn about what drove him to want to b...

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July 26, 2019 33 min

Sergeant Tim Colomey is just like any other police officer, but once you get to know him you'll begin to understand how he in many ways, he embodies what it means to be a LAPD Officer. Even though he was born in Boston, he quickly discovered his heart was in Los Angeles. Sergeant Colomey will be the first to tell you he is living out his dream as a member of the Department's prestigious S.W.A.T. Team, but it's a dream t...

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New York City has 36,000 police officers. Chicago has 20,000 police officers. Los Angeles has 10,000 police officers.

The LAPD Reserve Corps is a vital asset for the reduction and prevention of crime in our city. This program is the finest example of true community policing in the United States. Reserve Officers come from all walks of life, and upon successful completion of the Reserve Academy, work full assignments alongside full-t...

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April 29, 2019 22 min

On March 22, 2013, Officer Jaqueline Perea received news that would change the course of her life forever, that her brother had tragically been murdered. On this episode of Our LAPD Story, we'll take you on a deeper dive into how a group of dedicated Detectives brought justice to the family of a murder victim, and in the process inspired his sister to join our ranks to bring justice to those affected by violence.


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February 15, 2019 34 min

It is the sound of our city. Chopper blades slicing through the Southern California air. Whether it's news media hovering for hours at a time, or the occasional Hollywood tour helicopter buzzing overhead, the distinct sound of a helicopter can be unnerving. For the men and women of the LAPD however, the ubiquitous sound of an Air Unit almost always brings an instant feeling of relief. Join us as we take you inside our LAPD Air ...

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December 18, 2018 33 min

La La Land, Tinsel Town, the City of Stars. Hollywood goes by many different names, but to the men and women of Hollywood Division, it’s called home for 10-12 hours a day. In this episode we hit the streets of Hollywood with a former cage fighter and a former Broadway actor to get a glimpse of a what a night on patrol looks like in Hollywood. 


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November 7, 2018 33 min

Hollywood movies often depict gun battles between police officers and suspects that last for minutes at a time and involve weapons that can never run out of ammunition; but on April 7, 2014, two officers were confronted by all of the ways Hollywood gets it wrong.  In a firefight that lasted less than 20 seconds, the officers faced the reality that they could run out of bullets and came to understand that the battle wasn’t just betw...

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September 18, 2018 43 min

Every LAPD officer joins the Department knowing that there are inherent risks to the job, but they assume those risks are largely confined to the 10 or 12 hours when they don a badge and go out into the streets on patrol. In 2013, that understanding was turned on its head. For 10 days, the City of Los Angeles and the surrounding counties stood still as the saga surrounding former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner unfolded. In this ep...

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August 29, 2018 18 min

It’s a routine patrol for two Mission Area officers, who are quickly thrust into an evening they will never forget. Ok this episode of the LAPoDcast we go along as Officers rush into a burning house to rescue a barely conscious man. From the sounds of their body worn cameras you will sense the searing heat and feel the choking smoke. 

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