John Caprarelli

John Caprarelli was born in Los Angeles, California in 1957. Retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after working a cross section of assignments, his involvement in the infamous 1997 North Hollywood Bank of America robbery and shootout was the pinnacle of a 27 year police career. Between hobbies, he continues to speak at various venues regarding his career, the 1997 shootout and life lessons learned.

Los Angeles Police Department Bio:
Senior Lead Officer, North Hollywood Division January, 1993 — Present
• Assigned to Community Relations
• Assigned to Studio City & Sun Valley
Training Officer, North Hollywood Division May, 1986 — January, 1993
• Assigned to Patrol
• Assigned to Special Problems Unit
Police Officer, Hollywood Division July, 1984 — May, 1986
• Assigned to Prostitution Enforcement Detail
• Assigned to Undercover Narcotics
Police Officer, Devonshire Division December, 1982 — July, 1984
• Assigned to Special Problems Unit
• Assigned to Patrol
Los Angeles Police Academy June, 1982 — December, 1982
• Recruit Officer, graduating second in class
Awards & Recognition
LAPD Medal of Valor, 1998 (Link)
NAPO 1998 “National Top Cop Award” (Link)
• Numerous Department, City & Citizen Commendations

Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • Minneapolis Police Dept, Metro, Critical Incident Stress Management Conference, Minneapolis, MN
  • Sonoma County First Responders Conference, Sonoma, CA
  • Universal City-North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Studio City, CA
  • Northridge Kiwanis, Northridge, CA
  • Covina Sunrise Rotary, Covina, CA
  • Heritage Schools, Granada Hills, CA
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, San Dimas, CA
  • Sons of Italy, Hollywood Lodge, Hollywood, CA
  • MacIntosh County Sheriff’s Department, Darien, GA
  • Veterans Administration, Santa Monica, CA
  • KIRO Radio, Seattle, WA
  • LA Talk Radio, Los Angeles, CA
  • Police Magazine, Torrance, CA

References available upon request.

Contact John via email at john [@] uniformdecisions.com or by telephone through End of Watch Publishing at (888) 475-0557 Ext. 1#.

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