Nancy Lauer

Administration of Justice, 1984 | Los Angeles Police Department (Retired)
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Nancy Lauer

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. She is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Boston University Senior Management Institute for Policing.

Nancy served on the Los Angeles Police Department for 29 years where she was recognized as a results oriented leader with a passion for community service.  She substantially reduced crime and associated urban blight in each of her LAPD commands by building strong community partnerships, and creating and implementing innovative crime and traffic collision reduction strategies.

As a traffic commander, Nancy founded the Traffic Assistant Scene Investigator (TASI) Program for LAPD's cadets, ages 13-20 years old. Since its inception, over 500 cadets have received specialized training in traffic safety and collision investigations.  

While the commanding officer of Criminal Gang and Homicide Division, Nancy conceived of and launched the LAPD's Homicide Library in partnership with the FBI. The project, which digitized hundreds of LAPD homicide cases, has resulted in numerous "cold case" arrests, some decades old. 

In an effort to build trust in minority communities, Nancy created the Faith Based Network in south-central Los Angeles, whereby she and her officers spoke from the pulpit on policing issues most relevant to the community.  She ensured compassionate partnerships with the Justice for Murdered Children, Project Cry No More, and Justice for Homicide Victims family advocacy groups.

In her final command, Harbor Division, Nancy's team of over 285 sworn and civilian personnel finished in the No. 1 position of LAPD's 21 commands with an 11.1% reduction in Part 1 Crime. Nancy was commended by the Chief of Operations who wrote, "...through your steadfast and caring guidance you have helped save lives and created healthier neighborhoods."

Nancy is currently a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of Signal Hill.  She is an active volunteer in the Signal Rotary Club where she holds the positions of Service Projects Coordinator and Interact Club advisor. Nancy sits on the board of the Penn State Department of Sociology and Criminology Board of Visitors and was the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Awardee.