View Full Version : LAPD 1950s and Present Day

09-01-2003, 10:04 PM
Hey all!

I was just wondering if I could tap some of the expertise on the board.

(1) I'd like to know how the LAPD ranked officers in the 1950s (Sergeant, Lieutenant etc.) from the bottom to the top. If you know the ranking for present day (if it's different), that would be very helpful too.

Also - I'd love to know the ranking system for the NYPD in the 1970s (or present day, if possible).

(2) Could anybody direct me to any websites that deal with policing in the US in the 1950s and/or 1970s. LAPD & NYPD preferred, but any bit of info. would be most welcome indeed.

If anybody can help, my thanks in advance.

09-02-2003, 03:27 AM
The ranking system has changed somewhat since the 1950s. However, I'm not fully aware of the differences since I didn't work for the LAPD at that time. I recommend watching old Dragnet re-runs as that show was quite accurate regarding department procedures, policies, etc.

The present ranking system is probably available on the LAPD web site -- www.LAPDonline.org.

The present ranking system is as follows:

Police Officer I
Police Officer II
Police Officer III
Police Officer III+I
Detective I
Detective II
Sergeant II
Detective III
Lieutenant I
Lieutenant II
Captain I
Captain II
Captain III
Deputy Chief
Assistant Chief
Chief of Police

09-02-2003, 03:30 AM

Are the I, II and IIIs different pay grades, or does a Detective II really outrank a Sergeant I?