Susan M. Kopperud, a 32-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, has been promoted to the rank of Commander by Sheriff Lee Baca and assigned to the Correctional Services Division. In this position, she will oversee the operations of the Inmate Reception Center and Correctional Services Transportation Bureau.
Commander Kopperud’s law enforcement career began on June 25, 1976 as a cadet in the Sheriff’s Academy. Upon graduation, she served as a Deputy at Sybil Brand Institute for Women, then moved on to patrol assignments at Firestone Station and Industry Station before transferring to Juvenile Investigations Bureau as a Detective. She promoted to Sergeant in 1990 and was assigned to Firestone Station, then transferred to the Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Koltz Review Investigative Team. In 1996, she was promoted to Lieutenant and returned to the Sybil Brand Institute before serving as a Watch Commander at Pico Rivera Station. She also worked Commercial Crimes Bureau, Career Development Bureau, Family Crimes Bureau and Narcotics Bureau. In 2004, she was promoted to Captain and worked Communications and Fleet Management Bureau. Additionally, she worked the Training Bureau and Office of the Undersheriff. Her most recent assignment was Special Victims Bureau.
Commander Kopperud’s education includes an Associate of Arts Degree in General Education from Los Angeles Harbor College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne, and a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Additionally, she received her California State Teaching Credential in 1988. Commander Kopperud graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in 1995 and became the California Chapter President for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy Associates in 2004.
Commander Kopperud was born in Washington D.C. and now resides in Alta Loma with her husband of 30 years, Allen. She has three children: Timothy, Ronald and Kevin. She enjoys sports, traveling and reading good books. Commander Kopperud’s favorite quote is by Abraham Lincoln, "Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”