Joseph A. Cortez is a policing researcher, professor, and practitioner who currently serves as a Police Lieutenant in Los Angeles, California. As Police Lieutenant, he is assigned to the Patrol Operations Division as a Watch Commander and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Commander. In his career, Joseph has worked a variety of assignments and been involved in a wide range of cases. He is a dedicated professional with exceptional knowledge and experience in public policy, law enforcement and criminal justice policy and procedures, special operations, leadership, teaching, and coaching.
Cortez has a BS in criminal justice from Upper Iowa University and an MA in emergency management and homeland security from the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, where he conducted research on the juvenile justice system. His research provided a benchmark for policy development as well as the creation of curriculum for advanced police officer training. Joseph is also a decorated combat veteran who is associated with many veterans’ groups.