The Stalker Lieutenant

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We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).

This post has been updated with a special message from Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.


As the world turns and we continue taking a critical look at the internal dealings of the Los Angeles Police Department’s upper echelon—which for all intents and purposes are one of the best soap operas not on television—I bring to you a special edition of what I’m calling myLAPD.

In honor of the upcoming “Vatican Shuffle” announcement expected any day now by Chief Charlie Beck, I want to share with you a special story I was told regarding one of the Department’s up and coming members of the command staff.

Once upon a time in the not so distant past, a female police officer at Hollywood Division complained that she was being stalked by a watch commander—to be exact a police lieutenant.

Apparently, the officer had been having an affair with this police lieutenant.  It happens and apparently it happens a lot in the Los Angeles Police Department.  But I digressed.

At some point, the police officer decided to break off the relationship. The lieutenant refused to believe that the officer was serious about this. He repeatedly called the officer and tried to talk her into continuing the relationship. The officer eventually stopped answering her phone. The lieutenant continued to call and left several explicit messages on this officer’s answering machine in which he begged her to continue the relationship.

The personnel complaint for this particular indiscretion was assigned to a probationary police sergeant to investigate. The sergeant pointed out that the lieutenant was her direct supervisor and was responsible for writing her rating. She pointed out that the complaint should be assigned to Internal Affairs due to the obvious conflict of interest between personnel within Hollywood Area. The sergeant was at first told to shut up and handle the investigation. A short time later, the investigation was pulled from her without explanation and was reassigned to Internal Affairs.

The police officer was subsequently subjected to a “random” drug test. The test returned positive for methamphetamine. The lieutenant tried to argue that the officer obviously had no credibility since she was using illegal drugs. Subsequently, the police officer was fired.

Unfortunately for the lieutenant, the police officer had all of those embarrassing messages that the lieutenant had left on her answering machine.

The lieutenant was given a five-day suspension for becoming involved in a sexual relationship with an employee within his chain of command.

Apparently, Internal Affairs never investigated how this lieutenant had managed to remain unaware that the officer with whom he was involved in an intimate relationship was using meth.

Some years later, this same individual was again investigated for his alleged sexual indiscretions. In the second instance, it was alleged that he was involved in a sex club. It was also alleged that he was involved in a sexual relationship with one of his direct supervisors. It was suggested that this individual and his supervisor engaged in inappropriate sexual messages on their Department issued cell phones. This was such a big deal that this individual’s Department issued cell phone was seized.

An official memo was issued directing subordinates to make off-duty notifications of critical incidents to his personal cell phone.

The second complaint was ultimately allowed to die a quiet death.

As for that police lieutenant, he is now on the short list to become an Assistant Chief.

The moral of this story is that depending on who you know, what you know about others and who likes you, you can get away with just about anything and eventually wake up to find yourself an Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.

However, for the rest of us, a “Help Call” should be broadcast to all units including to the Mayor, Police Commission, and Inspector General to help save the LAPD from the LAPD. Simply moving around command staff to lateral positions and repositioning friends into key positions is not the answer—especially if those friends have a penchant for stalking their prey and then lying about it.  That’s what us civilians call a no-no.  Remember we get arrested and charged for that type of behavior.

The end.


Update…the following email was sent out on Monday, November 17 to the men and women of the LAPD from the Chief:


>>> chiefcharliebeck 11/17/2014 8:46 PM >>>
November 17, 2014
Message from Chief Beck regarding Department Reorganization & Changes in Command Staff Assignments

This morning I met with my Senior Command Staff and announced organizational changes as we enter the New Year. As I have expressed to you upon my reappointment, positive change moving forward for this Department is necessary. These changes are reflective of my vision for the next five years to lead the nation in innovative policing and to expand our collaborative community partnerships. This is the first step in the process of succession planning for the future of our organization.

First and foremost, I have created the position of First Assistant Chief, to be held by Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger. This appointment brings significant commitment to drive the overall momentum within the Department and our new leadership team moving forward. I have tremendous confidence he will do just that. This change in command will be effective April 5th, 2015.

Below are the organizational changes in order of effective dates. Over the next few weeks Organization Charts will be updated and posted on the LANs.

Effective November 30, 2014
RACR/Compstat will be assigned to Assistant Chief Michel Moore

Effective December 28, 2014 the follow entities will become a Direct Report to the
Chief of Police:
Information Technology Bureau
Employee Relations Group
Media Relations and Community Affairs Group

Effective January 11, 2015, the Chief of Staff position will become a Commander position, and Commander Sean Malinowski will assume this assignment.

Effective April 5, 2015
First Assistant Chief (Director of Office of Special Operations), Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger
Director Office of Operations, Deputy Chief Jorge Villegas (upgrade)
Director Office of Administrative Support, Assistant Chief Michel Moore
Commanding Officer Operations Valley Bureau, Deputy Chief Robert Green
Commanding Officer Operations South Bureau, Commander William Scott (promotion)

I am optimistic that we can meet every challenge that the next five years will bring and look forward to working alongside you.

Thank you for all that you do and be safe,

The Court of Public Opinion

  • SurfPuppy619

    Wow…can you please NAME the NAMES…

  • Pio Pio

    Is this the same individual who was suspected of slashing all four tires of Sergeant Wall’s personal vehicle while he was assigned to work CRASH in Rampart?


    A meth head, real credibility. Remember, anyone can

  • Lapd’s Finest

    Can u tell the story how paysinger’s goddaughter Shannon Enox made sergeant with 5 years on the job when other more tenured and qualified were passed over? So much for the department’s EEO policy on recieving a promotion or coveted spot based on merit and a uniform selection process. Command staff violates it’s own policies all the time, but when it happens to your average hard working cop immediate demotion or termination.

  • NinaG

    Hollywood division has always been a cesspool….

  • Henry Adams

    Enox made sergeant because she decided to take the sergeant test, and interview for it. She banded low, which is consistent for her time on.

    Anyone who has anytime on knows, making sergeant in 5 years was quite the norm not too long ago, just look at retirement rap sheets.

    “Tenured and qualified, ” sometimes can’t pass a test, or oral well.

  • Lapd’s Finest

    Receiving a 100 for being someone’s goddaughter when u have zero field experience is not banding low and the department will pay civily for putting people in command and control leadership positions who have no reason to be there.

  • Johnny Rico

    Enmox is not a common last name. There are only about 100 Commamd staff members at any given time. Odds are that all of those would realize that she is related to a retired captain with the same last name. Most of them are likely to realize that the retired captain was close with Paysinger and that this particular officer was being mentored by Paysinger. That means that at least one member of an oral board would probably be aware of this issue. It is more likely that two would know.

    As far as making sergeant with five years on, I think that Paul Vernon made sergeant with about four years on. Jeff Bert had about the same amount of time on the job and had essentially zero patrol time when he was promoted to sergeant.

    Most current LAPD officers look back on Daryl Gates as being a good chief who supported patrol. Most don’t realize that he spent less than six months actually working patrol or that he was promoted because he was the driver for then Chief of Police William Parker. Gates helped foster a system that promoted people with college educations and administrative experience rather than patrol experience. We live with the consequences of this system today.

    Yes, officers are required to have three years of patrol time in order to be promoted to sergeant but being assigned to patrol and actually working in a patrol car are often far different things. If you can find an area roster, look through it and pay attention to how many officers are assigned to patrol but are loaned elsewhere. Many of those who are loaned elsewhere end up using this time to meet their three years of required patrol time. I am aware of one individual who was assigned to patrol for over five years but was loaned to an FBI task force for the entire time. That individual was rarely within the City of Los Angeles let alone working in a patrol car.

    Take a look at retirement bulletins of command staff members sometime. Pay special attention to the “rap sheet” section that shows where they worked. For most of these people, this is the only time that you will have a chance to see how much time they have worked patrol. I have seen more than one command staf member who has six months or less of patrol time on their rap sheets. That six months is combined time at all ranks including P-1, P-2, P-3, Sergeant, etc. keep in mind that they are free to inflate their patrol time on rap sheets since these are not official documents.

    I don’t know this particular Ennox and have no idea how qualified she was to be promoted. I do know that she is far from the only individual to have taken advantage of family connections. The promotional system is broken. It promotes people who have family connections, high ranking mentors, college education, administrative experience, and who have studied the manual long enough to realize how long the lights should be left on in an empty room. It doesn’t promote people who have field experience or who know how to handle a critical incident.

    I have spoken with officers in different areas on many different occasions who dreaded “the perfect storm”. By this, they meant that they were afraid to be at work when a serious incident happened, when an incompetent watch commander was working, when an incompetent field supervisor was working, and when their supervisors were unwilling to take suggestions and guidance by lower ranking patrol officers. On several occasions, these officers had confidence in a single sworn supervisor who was assigned to their shifts. All others were considered to be incompetent.

    This means that the average patrol officer needs to prepare himself to handle a critical incident for an entire patrol division or geographic bureau. It doesn’t matter how many higher ranking persons show up at the incident. Most of those are inexperienced and incompetent to handle your incident. You run it how you know it needs to be run and let your less qualified supervisor take credit for your good work later. Take satisfaction in the knowledge that you did a good job and kept your fellow officers and civilians from being killed.

  • Truth101

    Is this Commander Villegas?

  • SurfPuppy619, this is the one and only SurfPuppy….why?

  • NinaG

    You idiot: he’s asking if the person the article is written about is Commander Villegas…

  • SurfPuppy619

    Truth101’s response was to ME, not Jasmyne Cannick (the one who WROTE the blog, not “article”)
    Now who’s the idiot?? LOL!

  • Johnny Rico

    Villegas is not a commander. He is a deputy chief. He has reputedly been tapped to be promoted to assistant chief in the near future.

  • Stay thirsty my friends

    I think this an old stalking story at Rampart iDivision, the lieutenant is married to a detective on LAPD so I’m told, During the time the female officer was being watch by special operations division (internal affairs), the lieutenant was caught red handed by an undercover officer who tip off the lieutenant about the surveillance and needed to get rid of the wine bottle & flowers as they have video. Now when the officer was being fired for narcotics , she wanted a favor from her lieutenant she was having the affair with to make this all go away,,, ( he ignored her). she was fired!
    The lieutenant was investigated for his extramarital affair with a subordinate , but the then captain of Rampart (now assistant chief ) with the assistance of another lieutenant (now deputy chief) covered up the investigation… By the way, the assistant chief & lieutenant in question are alleged SWINGERS, subsequently they were sending nude photos to each other on the City issued phones, causing another investigation,,, this was covered up by then commander of PSB who is now the chief of the Riverside Deputy District Attorney.s Office,,, Let it be known, all of these captains, commanders, deputy chiefs, assistant chiefs and chiefs of outside agencies are all friends as they continue to have parties together as they call in favors. Hillman, Prokop. Barbosa, J Rodriguez, and let’s not forget the ghost cars which many captains were rewarded Merit Pay / Bonus Pay…

  • Joe

    Interesting story, but why do we have to WONDER who the players are?? there’s so many to pick and chose from because we all hear the rumors. If we know who these characters are, put it out there. Why get all the juices flowing just to double and triple read, just to make sure we didn’t miss the names. J

  • C,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,B

    Villegas is a coward! He was never a street cop!
    LAPD is the only place where shit rises to the top!
    Truth be told Lilian is a whore!

  • Dean Alexander

    Coward? Really…Is he not a coward who hides behind anonymity …yet is brave enough to name call and talk about women without proof or evidence…You are the coward!

  • C,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,B

    I never called Lilian a coward! I knew her since she was a P-II! “You Reap What You Sow!” Lillian have some pride and clean up your act or retire! You have no credibility!

    As for Villegas I stand by what I said! He did a drive by in Rampart (street cops will know what I mean) to pad his resume.
    Anonymity…LOL We used to call it the castle! Why would you need a castle? Think about it!

    I know whats on my resume and coward is not in it!

  • F lapd

    Lapd sucks balls