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Joe Hopkins


Detective III
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
Over 21 years with LAPD, including assignments with Central Area Detectives, investigating Crimes Against Persons (CAPS) and Burglary. In 2002, I was selected by the Commanding Officer of Financial Crimes Division (FCD), to work FCD, which, at that time, was a specialized division investigating white collar crimes. FCD eventually merged with Burglary Auto-theft Division to create Commercial Crimes Division (CCD). During my tenure at CCD, I have been fortunate to have had numerous areas of investigations, including Identity Theft, forgery, embezzlement and high-profile burglaries. I was then assigned to CCD, Major Fraud Unit, responsible for investigating Real Estate Fraud. I was also assigned to the Elder Persons Estate Unit (EPEU), which investigates complex cases of elder and dependent adult financial abuse, when the entire estate was at risk.

I eventually became the Detective in Charge of the EPEU and while in this assignment, the CCD, Commanding Officer, Bill Williams (retired) requested that I assume the role as CCD’s, Community Business Coordinator. In this capacity, I am the Department liaison to several public/private partnerships, which include the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI), National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), Law Enforcement and Private Security (LEAPS), Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crimes Association (LAAORCA) and the California Organized Retail Crimes Association (Cal-ORCA).

In 2016, I was assigned to CCD, Cyber Crimes Section (CCS) and became the Detective in Charge of investigations while continuing my role as Community Business Coordinator

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Wednesday Jun 12
10:30 - 11:15 AM
204 B, Level 2

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