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Michael Oreb, Commander

Michael Oreb

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email Commander Michael Oreb was born and raised in San Pedro,
California, graduating from San Pedro High School in 1982. He comes
from a long line of Los Angeles Police Officers: His
great-grandfather (John G. Magness) was killed in the line of duty
in 1920 while working University Division (now known as Southwest
Area); his great-uncle (Zack P. Magness) retired from the Los
Angeles Police Department (LAPD) as a Captain of Detectives; and
two other uncles retired in the late 1960s after lengthy and
successful LAPD careers.

Upon completion of the LAPD Academy in September 1986, he was
assigned as a probationary officer to Southeast Patrol. He was next
assigned to Central Traffic Division where he worked as an Accident
Investigator. In 1990, he transferred to Newton Patrol where he
promoted to Police Officer III, Field Training Officer. From there,
he went to Central Patrol where he was assigned as a Field Training
Officer for the next five years. In 1996, he promoted to Sergeant
and worked as a Patrol Field Supervisor at both Southeast and
Newton Areas. Next, he promoted to Sergeant II as the
Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of Hollenbeck Area Vice. After a year and a
half at Hollenbeck Area Vice, Commander Oreb transferred to
Internal Affairs where he worked as an investigator until he
promoted to Lieutenant in 2006.

He was assigned to Hollywood Area as a Patrol Watch Commander and
in March 2008, Commander Oreb took over as the OIC of the Hollywood
Area Gang Impact Team (GIT). For the next three years, Hollywood
Area achieved a 73% reduction in gang-related crime under his
leadership. As a result, Commander Oreb and Hollywood GIT were
awarded the Department's Meritorious Unit Citation. From there, he
was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Hollywood

In January 2012, he was promoted to Captain at Central Area and
remained there until 2016. During his time at Central Area, he
developed community partnerships within the Skid Row community,
assisted in the creation of homeless outreach strategies to
incorporate internal and external programs with Operation Healthy
Streets, and successfully hosted the pilot program for body worn

In 2016, he was transferred to Harbor Area and was warmly greeted
by the community where he was raised. His extensive knowledge of
the area, close ties to the community, and innovative strategies
resulted in leading the city in crime reduction. Those strategies
included Community Cyber Watch, Harbor Community on Patrol (HCOP),
and Operation Early Warning. His efforts also resulted in being
given the Excellence in Leadership award. He briefly served as the
commanding officer of Internal Affairs Administrative Division, in
2018, and was then promoted to Commander at Transit Services

Commander Oreb earned a Bachelor's Degree, in Occupational Studies,
and a Master's Degree, in Emergency Services, from California State
University, Long Beach. He is a graduate of the LAPD West Point
Leadership Institute, a member of the Police Officers Association
of Los Angeles County (POALAC), and a member of the International
Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

He and his wife, Linda, have twin sons.