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Alejandro Vargas, Captain III

Alejandro Vargas

Captain III
Communications Division

email Captain Alex Vargas was
born and raised in the city of Los Angeles. He is a 28-year veteran
of the Los Angeles Police Department and is the Commanding Officer
of Communications Division. Alex has prior commanding officer
experience at Special Operations Division, Central and Olympic
Patrol Divisions. Within these assignments, Alex encouraged
increased community involvement and engagement, as well as sought
ways to improve relationships among the Department, other law
enforcement agencies, community-based organizations and the many
diverse cultures and socio-economic groups.

As a police officer, he has worked many different assignments,
including patrol in Central, Van Nuys, Hollywood, 77th Street,
Hollenbeck and Newton Patrol Divisions. Specialized unit
assignments in Van Nuys Vice, 77th Street Special Problems Unit,
Hollenbeck Gang Enforcement Detail, Newton Community Law
Enforcement And Recovery and Southwest Gang Impact Team. He was a
geographic detective in Southeast and Southwest Detective Divisions
and an investigator in Internal Affairs at Valley and Central
Administrative Sections.

Alex graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science with a minor in World
Politics. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree from the
University of Southern California.

Alex has been a member of the Hispanic American Police Command
Officers Association for the past ten years and has previously held
the titles of Sergeant-At-Arms, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice
President. He is also active in the Training, Special Events and
Scholarship Committees. Alex has a passion for mentoring and has
been active in California State University, Los Angeles Mentoring
Program for the past ten years. He has also mentored hundreds of
police officers, detectives, sergeants and lieutenants and
successfully guided them through the promotional process. He is an
avid runner and hiker and has run in numerous 5 and 10 K's with his