Captain III Kathleen J. Burns 

STATION INFO
10250 Etiwanda Avenue
Northridge, CA 91325
818-832-0633 Voice
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Captain Burns was born in Van Nuys, California. She resided in several areas throughout Southern California prior to moving out-of-state to pursue her Bachelor's Degree. In 1994, Captain Burns received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 1995, she returned to California and began her career with the Los Angeles Police Department.

​Captain Burns worked a variety of assignments including Patrol, Traffic, Vice, and several Specialized Units. In 2003, she was promoted to rank of Detective where she conducted investigations on a variety of crimes including Burglary and Robbery. During this time, she took on the challenge of working on her Master's Degree in Public Administration at California State University, Northridge, which she completed in 2005. Also in 2005, she was assigned to Narcotics where she found her calling to serve the community and make neighborhoods safer by focusing on quality of life issues. This led to Captain Burns being promoted to the rank of Detective III as the Officer-In-Charge of a Narcotics Enforcement Detail. In 2012, Captain Burns was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned to West Los Angeles Division as a Watch Commander.

In 2014, she transferred to Mission Division where she soon promoted to the Commanding Officer of Detectives. She had oversight of all criminal investigations, including several high-profile cases. Captain Burns has a passion for investigations and identifying and apprehending criminal offenders.
In March of 2017, Captain Burns was promoted to the rank of Captain as the Commanding Officer of Devonshire Patrol Division. After a year at Devonshire she served as the Patrol Captain at Hollenbeck Division.

She has returned to Devonshire Division having been promoted to Captain III, Commanding Officer for the Devonshire Area Division.

Captain I Alex Medel 

Captain Medel was raised in Modesto, California and later moved to Eagle Rock, California. Upon completion of High School, he attended the University of Southern California. After graduating from college, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1994 and completed his probationary period in Central Area.

He then transferred to Valley Traffic Division as a police officer, worked a variety of assignments including patrol, bike patrol, foot beats, and training officer.

In 2000, Captain Medel was promoted to Sergeant. His supervisory assignments included West Valley, Olympic, Security Services and Training Division. His experience included patrol, and assistant watch commander. He was the Officer in Charge of the Security Services Division, which included working in collaboration with the City Library, Department of Park and Recreation and the Department of Sanitation.

In 2002, Captain Medel was promoted to the rank of Detective and was assigned to Wilshire Division where he investigated crimes related to burglary robbery, sex crimes, juvenile crimes and homicide.

In 2009, Captain Medel was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Hollywood Area as a watch commander. In September of 2017, Captain Medel was selected as the Officer In Charge of the Police Litigation Section and Discovery Section of Legal Affairs Division.

Captain Medel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Southern California. In addition, he has successfully completed the Los Angeles Police Department West Point Leadership Program and the Sherman Block Supervisor Leadership Institute (SBSLI).

In October of 2022, Captain Medel was promoted to the rank of Captain as the Commanding Officer of Devonshire Patrol Division.

Captain Medel lives with his wife in Monrovia, California, and enjoys running Marathons and coaching his 13 year old daughter in track and field.