Captain Charles Hearn was born in the Midwest and grew up in Simi Valley, California. Charles graduated from Simi Valley High School and at the age of 17 attended California State University Northridge, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Shortly thereafter he joined the Los Angeles Police Department in December 1989. Charles has worked a number of assignments beginning as a patrol officer and later a gang officer. While working in the field and raising a family, Charles continued his education and earned a Masters degree from California State University Dominguez Hills.
After five years of service Charles was promoted to detective and worked in that capacity for several years until promoting to sergeant. As a sergeant, Charles worked in field supervision, administration and as an investigator in the criminal section of internal affairs. Upon promotion to Lieutenant, Charles managed a patrol watch and then was selected as an Officer in Charge of a City-wide gang unit. From there, he applied to the Police Commission and was selected as a Lieutenant Commanding Officer of Commission Investigation Division.
Charles was promoted to Captain and was assigned as a Patrol Commanding Officer for two geographic areas within Los Angeles including Harbor and Topanga. Charles was promoted to the second and third ranks of Captain at Gangs and Narcotics Division. He was then assigned to Commercial Crimes Division, which handles various Complex White Collar Criminal Investigations including, however not limited too; Identity Theft, Forgery, Embezzlement, Real Estate, Elder Abuse, Cyber-Crimes, Commercial/ Serial/ High Profile Burglaries, Art Theft, and Commercial Auto Theft.
Charles maintains membership in several professional organizations such as: the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the California Gang Investigator’s Association. Charles also holds California State Police Officers Standards in Training (POST) Certificates for Basic, Advanced, Supervisory and Management levels. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program, the Supervisory Institute, and the Senior Management Institute from Boston.
During his spare time, Charles enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Edwina and their children, attending his local church, and participating in fitness related activities.