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Central Los Angeles : LAPD Veteran to Join Private Firm

Sergio Robleto, the veteran homicide lieutenant who helped boost murder arrests in the Los Angeles Police Department’s once-troubled South Bureau, has retired to become an executive with a private investigative firm.

Robleto, 47, said Friday that he has been hired by the Investigative Group Inc., a company based in Washington, D.C., and headed by Raymond Kelly, former New York City police commissioner.

Robleto said he will become the No. 2 executive in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He had served as homicide chief of the South Bureau, which covers South-Central Los Angeles, since 1992.

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A blunt, media-savvy officer who thrived on homicide cases, the Nicaragua-born Robleto was credited with making management and personnel changes in the wake of the 1992 riots that helped the South Bureau improve its anemic rate of closing murder cases.

Robleto said the investigative firm had been trying to recruit him for 18 months and he was seeking a higher-paying position after nearly 26 years with the LAPD.


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