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Natalie Cortez, Commander

Natalie Cortez

Valley Bureau

email Commander Natalie Cortez
was born and raised in Southern California. She joined the Los
Angeles Police Department in November 1993. Captain Cortez has
worked a variety of divisions as a Police Officer which included
Newton Division, Southeast Division, Southwest Division, Personnel
Division and Legal Affairs Division.

In October 2000, Cortez promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was
assigned Foothill Division as a Field Supervisor. After Foothill
Division, she was assigned to Audit Division. In November 2002, she
was upgraded to Sergeant II at Internal Affairs Division, where she
worked as an Investigator. She later became the Aide to the
Commanding Officer of Internal Affairs Group. After her tour at
Internal Affairs, Cortez transferred to Employee Relations

In 2007, Cortez was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to Van
Nuys Division as a watch commander. In 2008, Cortez transferred to
Gang and Narcotics Division where she was the Officer in Charge of
Gang Support Section/Special Operations Section, which included the
Gun Unit, CLEAR Director, and Asian Crime Task Force. In 2013,
Cortez transferred to Detective Bureau where she was responsible
for the Investigative Analysis Section, under the command of the
Chief of Detectives.

On July 10, 2016, she was promoted to Captain and proudly serves as
the West Valley Division Patrol Commanding Officer.

Captain Cortez possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne and a
Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and traveling
with her husband and beautiful daughter.