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Big Changes at LAPD’s Wilshire Division


As of today, Monday, March 21, LAPD’s Wilshire Division has a new leader – Captain Roland Solano, who replaces Captain Howard Leslie.

solanoAccording to his LAPD biography, Solano has been with the LAPD since 1990, with early assignments in Foothill, Van Nuys and Central Divisions, where he “worked patrol, foot beats, and vice assignments.” He later served in various positions at the West Valley Division, Wilshire Division, Robbery Homicide Division’s Rampart Corruption Task Force, Internal Affairs Special Operations Section, the Van Nuys Vice unit, Southwest Area, Ethics Enforcement Section, Professional Standards Bureau, and – most recently, was assigned as the Commanding Officer, West Los Angeles Patrol Division.

Solano is a native Angeleno and a graduate of Loyola High School and California State University Northridge.  You can reach him at [email protected].

leslieCaptain Leslie, who served as Captain of the Wilshire Division for the last three years, has been transferred to Central Division. One of his last projects as Wilshire Division captain was to form a new Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB), composed of community leaders recruited from various neighborhood councils and business groups. The mission of the Board is to create additional outreach between the Wilshire LAPD and the communities and groups it serves, as well as to enable the Wilshire LAPD to focus on key crime issues in each individual area.

stromberg2Julie Stromberg, the Windsor Village representative on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, will be the Greater Wilshire-area representative on the new CPAB.  Captain Solano and Wilshire Division’s Captain Patricia Sandoval will take over from Captain Leslie as leaders of the group.

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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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