After successfully completing her probationary period as a police officer in West Los Angeles Area in 1995, Emada spent time patrolling Downtown Los Angeles (Central Area) before moving to Southwest Area, where she served as a Senior Lead Officer for five years. Emada was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2006 and spent just over a year at Harbor Area, before receiving an opportunity to give back to the community she grew up in, as the Officer-in-Charge of the Community Relations Office at Southeast Area Community Police Station. While in Southeast Area, Emada invested in the community and worked tirelessly to bridge the historical gap between law enforcement and the community it serves. During her little bit of free time, Emada returned to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from National University.
Joel Lopez was born in Mexico and raised in public housing in the rural community of Tulare, CA. He spent his early years in the fields of the San Joaquin Valley as an immigrant farm worker with his parents. Mr. Lopez's father was an organizer with Cesar Chavez in the United Farm Workers Movement which provided Mr. Lopez exposure to grassroots community organizing at a young age. Mr. Lopez earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995.
Captain Ryan Whiteman was born in Western Massachusetts and moved to Southern California while in elementary school. After graduating high school, Ryan joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1998. He was assigned to Hollenbeck Area after completing the Police Academy and was transferred to Southwest Area at the conclusion of his probationary period. While assigned to Southwest Area he worked various assignments including patrol, Special Problem Unit (SPU), Gang Enforcement Detail (GED), Field Training Officer (FTO), and Senior Lead Officer (SLO).