NEIGHBORHOOD PROSECUTORS

Neighborhood Prosecutors are local problem solvers who combat the most destructive community crimes like drug sales, prostitution, illegal dumping, graffiti and more. By addressing such criminal activity before it mushrooms into more serious offenses, they are making our city safer and improving quality of life every day.  

Neighborhood Prosecutors are big parts of the communities they serve, and actually work from each of the 21 LAPD stations across the city. By being outside of City Hall and side by side with residents, Neighborhood Prosecutors are plugged-in to the unique challenges and frustrations faced, are accessible, responsive and ready to assist you. Note - Neighborhood Prosecutors cannot provide legal advice to the public.

FIND AND CONNECT WITH YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD PROSECUTOR

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1. Enter your address here: http://neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org

2. Click on Find.

3. Under Public Safety, you'll see Neighborhood Prosecutor, and to the right of that, your local LAPD community station.

4. Neighborhood Prosecutors are listed by corresponding LAPD community station below, along with their email addresses and phone numbers. Each of the local LAPD community police stations are grouped by bureau.

5. To search below by LAPD community station, press Ctrl and F.

LAPD CENTRAL BUREAU

LAPD CENTRAL STATION: TIA STROZIER

213-978-8022

Tia Strozier is the Neighborhood Prosecutor for Central Division. A Los Angeles native, Ms. Strozier joined the City Attorney's office in 2014. She's prosecuted cases throughout the City of Los Angeles. Recently, she partnered with LAPD, CHP and the community to reduce street racing in the North Valley. Ms. Strozier earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in race and culture from Hampton University and her law degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. She currently serves on the board of directors for the South Central Family Health Center and volunteers with local literacy outreach programs. Follow on Twitter at @Front_n_Central.

LAPD HOLLENBECK: CYNTHIA GONZALEZ

213-978-2231

 

Cynthia Gonzalez is the Neighborhood Prosecutor for the Hollenbeck Division. Having grown up in a low-income household in the city of El Monte, she was part of a community that faced many quality of life problems. One of the first in her family to attend college, she graduated UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Disabilities, earned her JD from UCLA Law School. While in law school, Gonzalez externed at the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review and the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office. After graduating law school and prior to joining the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Gonzalez served as a public defender for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts. She is fluent in Spanish.

LAPD NEWTON: PAUL PRISSEL

LAPD NORTHEAST: GABRIELLE PORTER TAYLOR

213-978-2230

Gabrielle Porter Taylor is the Neighborhood Prosecutor of the Northeast Division. A graduate of Loyola Law School, Taylor spent many years as special prosecutor with our Family Violence Unit where she vigorously prosecuted domestic violence perpetrators and child abusers. Taylor came to the City Attorney’s Office in 2006, originally from the Riverside County District Attorney's office where she was a Deputy District Attorney. Taylor was an educator and administrator throughout Los Angeles including Pico-Union, Boyle Heights and Watts.

LAPD RAMPART: KURT KNECHT

213-978-7793

Kurt Knecht is the Neighborhood Prosecutor assigned to the Rampart community station. A graduate of UCLA and UCLA Law School, Knecht has over 17 years of experience as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. While working in Criminal Division, he prosecuted over 100 jury trials to verdict with cases including Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Driving Under the Influence, Domestic Violence, Vehicular Manslaughter, and Sexual Assault. Since January 2013, Knecht has worked as a Neighborhood Prosecutor, most recently with the Central Division. In this capacity, he has worked closely with Central Division's Safer City Initiative (SCI) Officers and Local Service Providers in coordinating homeless outreach. For the past two years he has been a volunteer crisis counselor for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.

LEILANY ROMAN, Legal Clerk

213-978-7875

ISABELLA BOLTON TORRES, Community Resource Specialist

213-978-7875

LAPD SOUTH BUREAU

LAPD 77th: MICHELLE WEST

213-978-8186

Michelle West has been a prosecutor for more than 20 years. She began her legal career as a Deputy District Attorney in Tulare County. Following that, she served as a California Deputy Attorney General and as a Deputy District Attorney in Fresno County where she specialized in prosecuting cases involving adult and child sexual assault, human trafficking and child pornography. Before joining the City Attorney's Office, Michelle worked at the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney on the Big Island of Hawaii where she was the supervisor of the sexual assault unit. Prior to her legal career, Michelle worked as a television news reporter and anchor in Fresno. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from California State University, Northridge and her J.D from San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno. Follow her on Twitter @MichelleWestLA.

LAPD SOUTHEAST: TODD TRISTAN

213-473-5794

LAPD SOUTHWEST: NICOLE BULTER

213-978-2226

LAPD HARBOR: LAUREN HALLIGAN

310-548-2511

Lauren Halligan is the Neighborhood Prosecutor for the Harbor Division. Halligan has been with the City Attorney's office since 1998, where she began her career as a branch prosecutor in San Pedro, followed by assignments in the Hollywood and Central branches. She then joined Business and Complex Litigation on the civil side where she litigated breach of contract cases involving Board of Recs and Parks and the Coliseum Commission. In 2003, she joined the Consumer Protection Unit where she prosecuted cases involving fraud, unfair business practices, unlawful practice of medicine/law, sale of counterfeit goods, labor code violations, and unlicensed contractors. She also served in the City Attorney’s Environmental Justice and Protection Unit and Pacific Branch and became the Assistant Supervisor of the San Pedro Branch in 2013. Halligan is a graduate of Loyola law School and the University of Pennsylvania.

JENNIFER FLORES, Legal Clerk

213 473-9948

NICOLE DEERING, Community Resource Specialist

213 978-7768

LAPD WEST BUREAU

LAPD HOLLYWOOD: ETHAN WEAVER

213-978-7904

Ethan Weaver is the Neighborhood Prosecutor for the Hollywood division. Ethan began working in Hollywood as a Central Trials deputy where he was specially assigned to enforcement projects arising from the area. In addition to Central Trials, Ethan has worked in the City Attorney’s Consumer Protection and Metro units. Ethan serves as the Vice-President of the office’s LGBTQ Association. 

LAPD OLYMPIC: DANIEL LEE

LAPD PACIFIC: ZACH LODMER

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LAPD WEST LA: VERONICA DE LA CRUZ ROBLES

310-202-3861

Verónica de la Cruz-Robles is the Neighborhood Prosecutor for the West Los Angeles Division, is fluent in Spanish, and is a Los Angeles native and a proud product of Venice High School. De la Cruz-Robles earned her Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Stanford University with a Department Specialization in Race and Ethnicity in the United States. After earning her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, she became a staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services. De la Cruz-Robles has been a Deputy City Attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office since 2001. Her assignments with the City Attorney’s Office have also included the Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program (CNAP), the Narcotics Enforcement Surveillance Team (NEST), the Housing Enforcement Section, and the School Safety Prosecutor Program.

LAPD WILSHIRE: MEHRNOOSH ZAHIRI / NADERI

213-978-2220

Mehrnoosh Zahiri is the Neighborhood Prosecutor for the Wilshire Division. A Los Angeles native, Zahiri received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from UCLA, and her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern School of Law. She worked as an associate with the law firm of Dapeer, Rosenblit and Litvak, LLP., where she served as a City Prosecutor for numerous L.A. County cities. During those six years her emphasis was on improving quality of life issues. Zahiri worked closely with different Police, Code Enforcement, and Building and Safety Departments to reach the most appropriate and effective resolutions to a variety problems.

JENNIFER FLORES, Legal Clerk

213-473-9948

KIMBERLY MOROSI, Community Resource Specialist

213-473-5861

LAPD VALLEY BUREAU

LAPD DEVONSHIRE: ALIN SAHAGIAN

818-374-7534

Alin Sahagian is the Neighborhood Prosecutor assigned to the Devonshire area.  Alin began her criminal prosecutorial career working for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in April of 2006 at Central Trials, prosecuting cases including: Domestic Violence, Prostitution, Loitering for Prostitution, Possession of Methamphetamine, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Battery, and Vandalism.  Alin was formerly a vertical gang prosecutor in the South Los Angeles area and has prosecuted cases involving the Central City Recovery Zone, in addition to prosecuting gang, gun, and graffiti cases within the Safe Neighborhoods and Gang Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. Before working for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Criminal Branch, Alin worked at the City Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles World Airports. Alin obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine Law School.  Alin is fluent in Armenian and Turkish.

LAPD FOOTHILL: MARK ROSS

818-374-7580

Mark Ross is the Neighborhood Prosecutor for the Foothill Division. Before law school, Mr. Ross worked in the radio broadcast industry as a technical producer for a popular Los Angeles radio show. After leaving the radio industry, Mr. Ross graduated from Loyola Law School and became an Associate Attorney at an international employment law firm. Before joining the City Attorney’s Office, Mr. Ross worked in Fresno County as a Deputy District Attorney handling misdemeanor and felony cases. In Fresno County, Mr. Ross handled all stages of criminal prosecution from filing, through trial and appeal.

LAPD MISSION: ALVAN AZRU

818-374-6836

Alvan Arzu is the Neighborhood Prosecutor assigned to the Mission Division. Arzu is a Los Angeles native who received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. While a student at Washington State University he was a member of their 1998 Rose Bowl team and a member of the University All-Academic Team. Arzu worked as a Deputy District Attorney in the Criminal Prosecution Division of the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office for over eight years. While in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, Arzu prosecuted over 300 cases including: felony assaults, robberies, thefts, burglaries, firearm and felony narcotics offenses. Arzu was a member of the Ventura County Judicial Evaluations Committee and a Director for the Ventura County Bar Association.

 

LAPD NORTH HOLLYWOOD: Kevin Dufner

LAPD TOPANGA: KARINE PHILIPS

818-374-6809

Karine Philips is the Neighborhood Prosecutor for Topanga Division. Philips was born in Moscow, Russia and immigrated to the United States settling in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Philips is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of law and was hired by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in 1997 where she was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. In that capacity, Philips handled spousal abuse, child abuse and elder abuse cases, until she left the office in 2006 to enter private practice. Philips is also fluent in Russian and Armenian. 

LAPD WEST VALLEY: RAFFY ASTVASADOORIAN

818-374-6837

Raffy Astvasadoorian is the Neighborhood Prosecutor assigned to the West Valley Division where he has worked since 2007. Astvasadoorian was born and raised in the California Central Valley and attended UCLA where he graduated with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University Of La Verne College Of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Before becoming a Neighborhood Prosecutor, Astvasadoorian worked as a Deputy City Attorney in Van Nuys for seven years where he prosecuted over one thousand cases. His fluency in the Spanish and Armenian languages allows him to connect with a wide variety of community members.

GRACIELA NAVARRO, Legal Secretary

818-374-6828

Graciela Navarro is the Legal Secretary for the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program assigned to the Valley Bureau for almost 14 years. Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Graciela was an Office Assistant for the Los Angeles Superior Court. Graciela has over 17 years’ experience in the government sectors criminal unit with experience in community-government relations. Graciela was raised in the Los Angeles County. She graduated from Northridge with an Associate in Arts Degree in Paralegal studies. Graciela is a certified Spanish Interpreter.

ALAINA CABUNOC, Legal Clerk

818-374-6837

CYNTHIA HERNANDEZ, Community Resource Specialist

cynthia.hernandez@lacity.org

818-374-6839