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  • The Los Angeles School Police Department 

    laspd badge The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) is a recognized independent school police department, with 211 sworn police officers, 25 non-sworn school safety officers (SSO), and 32 civilian support staff dedicated to serving the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). It is the fifth largest police department in Los Angeles County, and the 14th largest in California.

    Unique to the LASPD team is the variety of assignments and services it delivers to its customers: the students and faculty at the schools, the employees of the LAUSD, and the communities in which the students live. Our Police Officers are assigned to communities of schools and patrol the surrounding areas . Our School Safety Officers are also assigned to support school traffic safety, parking enforcement and facility protection. 

    The LASPD also shares jurisdiction and interacts with over 13 municipal and county law enforcement agencies (to include multiple outside agency divisions and stations), as well as state and federal law enforcement and emergency services agencies.

    The LASPD team is a progressive and forward-thinking organization who recognize the important role of keeping children and students safe. LASPD personnel concentrate their policing efforts on improving campus safety and creating safe school passages for students, staff, and the school community. The goal of the LASPD team is to address the quality of life issues that impact student safety and the ability of the students and staff to enjoy a safe learning environment free from the fear of crime. Our team is also committed to ensuring a safe school community as we partner with local municipal law enforcement agencies, residential and business communities, faith-based organizations, and various non-profit community-service organizations.

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Interim Chief of Police
Aaron Pisarzewicz
Interim Police Chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department
Lieutenant Nina Buranasombati
Adjutant to the Chief
(213) 399-2466
Police Officer Jose Perez
Aide to the Chief of Police 
(213) 541-3977
Isabel Ramirez
Administrative Assistant
to the Chief of Police 
(213) 202-4508
Deputy Chief Aaron Pisarzewicz
Administrative and Central Services Bureau
Deputy Chief Glenn Besunder
Field Services Bureau
North, West, East, and South Division


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The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) Government and Community Relations Engagement Unit is a highly visible proactive unit, representing the department and the Chief Of Police to establish, build, and sustain relationships throughout the diverse communities we serve.

This unit also manages the department's social media platforms. Social media is a means for LAUSD community, students, staff, law enforcement agencies, and members of the media to inform themselves of department information and events. The team is a direct report to the Chief Of Police, with a focus on community engagement, transparency, and partnerships with Department stakeholders.

In doing so, we collectively improve the quality of safety for all students, staff, administrators, parents and the school community.

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Lieutenant Adjutant Nina Buranasombati
Social Media Team Supervisor
Public Information Officer
(213) 399-2466
Senior Police Officer Allen Chavez
Public Information Officer
Government and Community Relations
(213) 479-6281
Officer Nick Flores
Social Media
Public Information Officer
Government and Community Relations
(213) 280-3185


Field Services Bureau

lieutenant badge Lieutenant
Hugo Godinez
Northwest Sub-Station
6625 Balboa Boulevard
Lake Balboa, CA 91406
(818) 654-3760
Northeast Sub-Station
12540 Pierce Avenue
Pacoima, CA 91331
(818) 686-4075
North Division oversees operations in the San Fernando Valley. It spans the area of the entire east and west San Fernando Valley.  LASPD North Division proudly serves LAUSD Region North.   


Field Services Bureau

lieutenant badge Lieutenant
Dwayne Palacio
13000 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles,CA 90066
(213) 400-7636
West Division oversees operations for the West Los Angeles, Hollywood, Wilshire, and Southwest Los Angeles Communities.  It spans from the Pacific Ocean in the west and extends east to the district lines of LAUSD Region East and South.  LASPD West Division proudly serves LAUSD Region West.


Field Services Bureau

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Juan Morales
East Division
4500 Multnomah Street
Los Angeles, CA 90032

The East Division oversees operations from the north side of East Los Angeles, to the southern border of the City of South Gate.  In addition, East Division services six unincorporated cities within the LAUSD boundaries of South Gate, Bell, Huntington Park, Cudahy, Maywood, and Vernon.  LASPD East Division proudly serves LAUSD Region East.


Field Services Bureau

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Nestor Gonzalez
South Division
1230 West 177th Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(424) 221-7360

South Division oversees operations from South Los Angeles to the Port of Los Angeles Communities. It spans from Slauson Boulevard on the north to the port of Los Angeles on the south. It also covers the communities of Gardena, Lomita, Carson, and North East Long Beach. LASPD South Division proudly serves the LAUSD Region South.



Administrative Services Bureau

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Patrick Lynch
Communications Division
1212 Colton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-6631

The Communication Services Division oversees C-Watch Patrol Shifts (Midday), Police Dispatchers/Department Communications/Call For Police Services and School Safety Officers assigned to the Facilities Division. 




Administrative Services Bureau

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Alex Bello
Strategic Initiative Division
125 N Beaudry Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-6631

The Strategic Initiative Division oversees DOJ Grant, uniformed personnel assigned to LAUSD Headquarters (Beaudry Building), School Safety Officers assigned to LAUSD Adult Schools and Strategic Planning for the Los Angeles School Police Department. 





Administrative Services Bureau

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John Munio
Investigative Services Division
125 N Beaudry Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-6631

The Investigative Services Division oversees Criminal Investigations, Background Investigations, Threat Assessments, JRIC, LAUSD Diversion Program, Student Safety Investigation Team, C-Watch Detectives (Midday), and the Mental Health Evaluation Team (MHET).  





Administrative Services Bureau

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Margarita Rios
Training & Administrative Services Technology Division
125 N Beaudry Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-6631

The Training and Administrative Services Technology Division oversees Administrative Supervisors and SSO Supervisors assigned to LASPD Headquarters, LASPD Headquarters School Safety Officers, Training Unit, Firearms Training Unit, LASPD Technology (Tech Unit), LASPD Fleet, Civilian Technician, Civilian Cyber Security and Civilian ITD. 





Budget and Records Management
Administrative Services Division



Brandi Mcelhany
125 North Beaudry Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 202-4570

Budget and Records Management Division is responsible for a host of LASPD administrative services, including data and crime analysis, citation processing,  subpoena processing, payroll, time keeping, report requests, budget and finance and various other related functions.  Budget and Records Management also oversees Civilian Staff assigned to the above-mentioned duties.   
School Safety Officers provide additional safety services 
SSOA School Safety Officer (SSO) is a civilian non-armed employee of the Los Angeles School Police Department that receives additional training and equipment enabling them to provide support for school safety.  In working with the School Police, the SSO’s learn much about the duties of the Los Angeles School Police Department and, as such, are a very helpful aid. Some SSO’s go on to become police officers, continuing to provide for the safety of teachers, students, and other staff members within the LAUSD. They also participate in conjunction with School Police Officers in such programs as holiday food drives, school supply giveaways, school dedications, and many other events.
School Safety Officers provide safety services for district locations, Adult Schools, Occupational  Schools, and Skill Centers. In 2004, a Parking Enforcement Unit comprised of School Safety Officers was formed to provide improved traffic safety for Los Angeles Unified School District schools and other various facilities. The unit helps to educate drivers about the necessity of designated parking around schools. The Parking Enforcement Unit is also utilized to assist schools with traffic control and enforcement at such events as graduations, evacuation drills, and critical events.



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1. Border design is based on the fasces - cylindrical bundles of wooden rods, tied tightly together, from which an axe protrudes. The fasces were an ancient Roman symbol of magisterial authority, but symbolized unity as well as power.

2. Designation of rank.

3. Rays of a setting sun identify a West Coast location.

4. Replica of Los Angeles City High School. Los Angeles High, the first high school in Southern California, began classes on September 1, 1873. Classes were held in two rooms on the upper floor of Central Elementary School, which sits on a site now the Criminal Courts Building. On September 3, 1916, work began on the Los Angeles High School engraved on our badge. The school opened the following year, even without a gym, cafeteria, paved streets, or street cars within five blocks. The building stood tall until a devastating earthquake on February 9, 1971. The present day Los Angeles High School was dedicated on June 4, 1977.

5. The Department Seal: Top left corner - the stars and stripes represent Los Angeles as an American city. The top right corner - the Bear Flag represents the California Republic of 1846. Bottom left corner - The LAUSD seal. Bottom right corner - Lady Justice, symbolizing the fair and equal administration of the law, without corruption, avarice, prejudice, or favor. Around the outside of the shield - olives, grapes, and oranges serve as reminders that Los Angeles is a garden community. The Rosary of the Seal represents the contributions of the Mission Padres in the early years of Los Angeles.

6. Agency name.

7. Badge/serial number or symbol of rank.

8. Oval shape, which was a unique design when adopted in 1940.


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