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Andrew Neiman, Captain II

Andrew Neiman

Captain II
Valley Traffic Division

email Captain Andrew Neiman is a
southern California native who grew up in the San Fernando Valley.
His passion for serving the community developed at an early age,
with law enforcement in particular captivating his attention as he
grew up in the Valley. His specific desire to become a police
officer in the City of Los Angeles solidified one afternoon in 1974
when Andrew arrived home from school to discover that his family's
home in North Hollywood had been burglarized! Not knowing whether
the burglars were still inside his home, he alerted a neighbor to
call 911. Within a few minutes, an LAPD black and white patrol car
turned onto his street and drove toward him.

To this day, he stills remembers the feeling of reassurance and
safety he felt as he waited in front of his family's home and saw
the approaching squad car race toward him with its emergency lights
on. He wanted to provide that same feeling of comfort and
well-being to others who needed help. It was that desire that led
him to join the Los Angeles Police Department.

Although law enforcement was always his first career choice, he
also excelled in science and even considered becoming a doctor! As
such, Captain Neiman attended California State University
Northridge (CSUN) where he majored in biology. While completing
pre-med studies at CSUN, he also took courses in sign language and
hearing science as electives. These courses provided him with
unique insight about members of the community who are deaf or have
other hearing disabilities.

Andrew ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Communicative Disorders with a focus on audiology. Although
audiology was an intriguing career, it was not where his passion
laid and his desire to become an LAPD officer remained his number
one priority. As such, in 1986, Andrew entered the LAPD academy and
was on his way to realizing his childhood dream of becoming an LAPD
officer.

Although he admits it was not an easy task, Captain Neiman excelled
through the academy, particularly running the hills around Elysian
Park near Dodger Stadium (adjacent to the academy). In fact, he had
the honor of being elected president of his academy class by his
cadet peers, and ultimately graduated among the top recruits of his
class. Following the academy, Captain Neiman began his exciting and
rewarding decades-long career with the LAPD serving first as a
probationary police officer in the Van Nuys Division.

Following initial service in the field as a patrol officer, he
worked in a variety of patrol and specialized units, including Vice
and the Special Problems Unit. He was also an instructor with the
Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (DARE), a highly successful
national community relations program taught to youth in our schools
for many years throughout Los Angeles.

Andrew earned the rank of Sergeant in 1994, coincidently the same
year as the devastating Northridge earthquake. As a Sergeant, he
was assigned to several specialized details, including working on
the historic Rampart Corruption Task Force, which collected
information and evidence that ultimately was a game changer in how
the department would operate in the years to follow. Captain Neiman
was also assigned to the Command Post Cadre where he gained great
knowledge and expertise in disaster and emergency planning and
mitigation. Some of his other supervisory assignments included
Vice, Planning and Research, and time on loan to the Internal
Affairs Division.

In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned
to the North Hollywood Division where he was later appointed as the
Detective Commanding Officer, leading in this role for a number of
years. In 2007, he was selected to be the Officer-in-Charge (OIC)
of the Emergency Management Section within the Emergency Operations
Division. As the OIC, his expertise in disaster planning and
catastrophic response and mitigation came into play. Andrew soon
became an instructor throughout the state and the nation, teaching
the Incident Command System (ICS) and emergency management in
general to other agencies.

In 2011, he was selected to become the OIC of the Media Relations
Section for the department. It was in this new role that he served
as the department's spokesperson during a number of very high
profile incidents, including the Grim Sleeper Mass Murders, the
Christopher Dorner Manhunt, the I-405 freeway 'Carmageddon'
project, the annual LA Marathon, and numerous other occurrences and
events.

In 2015, Andrew was promoted to Captain and returned to the Van
Nuys Patrol Division. This was a special honor, since he started
his career in the division nearly three decades earlier! One year
later, Police Chief Charlie Beck asked Captain Neiman to return to
Media Relations and lead the Media Relations and Community Affairs
Group as the commanding officer. In March of 2017, Chief Beck
reassigned Captain Neiman to the Valley Traffic Division (VTD),
appointing him as the Commanding Officer of this important
division. In this role, Captain Neiman is excited to be part of the
VTD team where the men and women of the division work tirelessly to
help make our streets safer for motorists, bicyclists, and
pedestrians alike throughout the San Fernando Valley. It is
wonderful to be part of this great team and to serve the community
where he grew up and first developed his love for serving
others.

Captain Neiman earnestly works alongside the highly professional
team of the VTD and consistently partners with the Valley's diverse
communities to make our highways and bi-ways safe for all who
travel in our great city.