Deputy Chief Robert N. Arcos was born in San Antonio, Texas. His family moved to the Northeast Area of Los Angeles, where he was raised. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1979. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served for four years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the Union Institute and University, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University.
Deputy Chief Arcos was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department on September 12, 1988. He worked a variety of assignments, Areas and Divisions, as a police officer, which included Rampart and Communications Divisions. His experience included Patrol, Gangs, Vice, Narcotics and Senior Lead Officer. In 1997, he was promoted to Sergeant. His supervisory assignments included Van Nuys, Northeast and Management Services Divisions. His experience included Patrol, Community Relations, Gangs, Administrative Operations, Adjutant and Assistant Watch Commander. In 2003, Deputy Chief Arcos was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Wilshire Area as a Watch Commander. In 2005, he was selected as the Adjutant to the Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau. Later that year, he was selected to serve as a Platoon Leader assigned to Metropolitan Division. While assigned to Metropolitan Division, he served as the Platoon Leader for the A, C and K-9 Platoons. His duties included directing the activities of the platoons to impact City-wide violent crime and City-wide response to requests for K-9 searches. He was promoted to Captain on November 20, 2011, and appointed as the Olympic Area Patrol Division Commanding Officer. On September 9, 2012, he was appointed as the 77th Street Area Commanding Officer. He was promoted to Commander on August 10, 2014, and was appointed as the Assistant to the Director, Office of Administrative Services. On January 25, 2015, he was appointed as the Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau. As the Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau, he also served as the Department Homeless Coordinator, as well as the Department Smart Policing Coordinator. On March 6, 2016, he was appointed to Deputy Chief, and Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau.
Deputy Chief Arcos has been the recipient of numerous internal and external commendations, and was twice awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation. Deputy Chief Arcos has graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the West Point Leadership Development Program, the FBI National Academy–Session 225, and the Senior Management Institute for Police–Session 58.
Deputy Chief Arcos is a member of the Latin American Law Enforcement Association
(LA LEY), and the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association (LACPCA). He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
Deputy Chief Arcos is a passionate advocate for community policing and youth development programs. He has a visible leadership style that is proactive and a results-oriented management style that strives for effectiveness.
Chief Robert N. Arcos