Vintage LA Coppers
​​Honoring the History & Service of the Los Angeles Police Department
ABOUT US
The Vintage L.A. Coppers is a non-profit organization of law enforcement professionals and historians dedicated to preserving the history of the Los Angeles Police Department through public education, technical consultation and advisement, archival research, artifact curation and conservation, and living history portrayals accurately depicting the uniforms, equipment, vehicles, tactics and investigative techniques of the L.A.P.D. through successive time periods.

A particular focus is on the “Early Professional Period” from the 1940's through the 1960's, as the department underwent its most dynamic change and grew to meet the challenges of policing in the booming post-war expansion of Los Angeles. VLAC strives to accurately portray the life of the working beat cop and detective through this transformative period. 

VLAC members have many years of first-hand police experience ranging from uniformed patrol operations to vice and narcotics investigations, burglary and robbery investigations and homicide investigations.  Members are experts in how each of these functions are currently performed as well as how they have evolved through history.  Sworn active, retired and reserve members are trained & qualified in the use of vintage police weapons, and are armed (IAW department policy) while demonstrating historic procedures. 
VLAC works in affiliation with the Los Angeles Police Department to demonstrate the increasing professionalism of law enforcement through the decades and the continuing evolution of the department to meet the challenges of today and the future.  VLAC does not endorse the political or social policies of the past.  Its purpose is to educate the public and to pay tribute to the men and women who have honorably served the department throughout history and honor those who continue to serve.