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Todd Hankel, Captain III

Todd Hankel

Captain III
Topanga Division

email Captain Todd Hankel
graduated in December 1989 from the University of Arizona with a
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in
accounting and finance. He began his career with the LAPD in
February 1990, working patrol assignments in Hollywood, Central
(Skid Row), Devonshire, North Hollywood and Van Nuys. In 1996 he
was promoted to the rank of Detective and assigned to Rampart
Detectives, Major Assault Crimes (MAC). In 1997 he was promoted to
the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to West Valley Patrol. In
1998, he received a paygrade advancement to the rank of Sergeant II
and became the Officer-in-Charge of the West Valley Vice
Unit.



Since investigations intrigued him, Captain Hankel reverted to the
rank of Detective and was assigned to West Valley Homicide.
Several years later this led to a position at Critical Incident
Investigation Division (CIID), which investigated categorical
use-of-force incidents, such as officer-involved shootings. To
further his investigative skills, he accepted a position at Major
Crime Division and was assigned to a surveillance unit responsible
for covertly investigating persons who were planning to commit
terrorist acts in the Los Angeles area. His final stop as a
detective was at Gang and Narcotics Division (GND).



In 2013, he promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and returned to
North Hollywood as a Watch Commander, the Officer-in-Charge of the
Gang Impact Team (GIT), and Assistant Detective Commanding Officer.
In 2015, he received a paygrade advancement to the rank of
Lieutenant II and was assigned to West Valley as the Detective
Commanding Officer. He spent the next five years overseeing all
Part I criminal investigations before being promoted to the rank of
Captain in March 2020. Topanga Patrol was his first command as a
Captain of Police. In July of 2021, he received a paygrade
advancement to Captain III and remained at Topanga as the Area
Captain.



Captain Hankel and his wife Cherie have together five adult sons
and one granddaughter. Two of their five sons are Los Angeles
Police Department police officers. His oldest son Blaine is a
Police Officer II assigned to Northeast Area. His oldest stepson
Ashton is also Police Officer II assigned to West Valley Area.
Captain Hankel is passionate about snowboarding and takes advantage
of every opportunity to travel during the winter months to a
different mountain resort.