About the Author

John Caprarelli

John Caprarelli was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. 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.

Contact John via email at john [@] uniformdecisions.com

Los Angeles Police Department Bio:

Senior Lead Officer, North Hollywood Division January, 1993 — July, 2009

  • 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