Lieutenant II Julie Rodriguez began her law enforcement career in 1996, with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The majority of her 25-year career has been in operations. She began her career as a patrol officer assigned to West Valley Division. Julie also worked West Los Angeles Division, Hollywood Division, Robbery Homicide Division ~ Rape Special Section, Van Nuys Division, Mission Division, Foothill Division, and Topanga Division. She has been a Field Training Officer, Vice Officer, Acting Senior Lead Officer, Police Detective, Police Sergeant, and has been a Lieutenant since 2012. As a Lieutenant she has worked as a Watch Commander, Gang Impact Team Officer-in-Charge, Adjutant to the Chief of Staff, and is currently the Commanding Officer of West Valley Detective Division.
Lieutenant Rodriguez is a Peer Support member and a part of the Peer Support Steering Committee. She is also as an alumni and avid volunteer for the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Foundation and is a part of their Global Council on Youth Leadership. As a mother of two children she is an advocate for our youth on a global scale and was a two-year member of the School Site Council in Ventura County. This opportunity allowed her to advocate on how money was being used within the public-school system. She currently enjoys coaching the Junior Olympics Basketball program at her child’s Elementary School.
Lieutenant Rodriguez obtained a full ride volleyball scholarship to Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Sociology. In addition, she was inducted into her High School and Collegiate Hall of Fame for her athletic contributions.
Lieutenant Rodriguez is currently working on her master’s degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego. She is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Development Program and will be attending the FBI National Academy as a part of Session 280.
Lieutenant Rodriguez delivers a leadership style of high energy, spirit, and has an infectious personality. She believes in a results-driven approach and built a reputation as an innovative and results oriented leader, who has helped improve fiscal oversight, streamline operations, and improved community-based services. She has also spent the last 16 years helping both sworn and civilian employees promote. She regularly volunteers to mentor others through the test preparation and mock oral process.
As a long-standing member of the Los Angeles Women Police Officers and Associates (LAWPOA) organization, she was honored to be selected as the Sergeant at Arms. The current Board of Directors are experienced, dedicated, and passionate about the future of LAWPOA and it’s an honor to serve beside them.