MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA
It was a pleasure to promote Commander Tardy and recognize her as a strong leader in our Department for #BlackHistoryMonth.
In 1994, Commander Tardy graduated from the Academy and began her LASD career at the Sybil Brand Institute for Women, where she served as a line deputy and training officer until she transferred to Temple Station (TEM) in 1999. While at TEM, Commander Tardy worked patrol as well as special assignments. In 2001, she promoted to a Gang Investigator and transferred to Operation Safe Streets Bureau (OSS), working out of Compton Station.
In 2006, she promoted to Sergeant and remained at Compton Station, serving as a field Supervisor, Detective Bureau Sergeant and Operations Sergeant. She promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2011 and transferred to Men’s Central Jail for two years before transferring again to Carson Station (CAS) in 2013. There she served as a Watch Commander as well as the Detective Lieutenant and Operations Lieutenant.
In 2015, Commander Tardy transferred to Headquarters as an Executive Aide for Central Patrol Division, where she served for one year until she promoted to Captain of South Los Angeles Station (SLA). She served as the Unit Commander at SLA until her promotion to her current rank of Commander in January, 2019.
Throughout her career, Commander Tardy has been actively involved in the communities she’s served. She has helped to organize a West Athens Peace March to address violence in the community, assisted with the organization of a Community Partnership Group within Central Patrol Division, and helped develop Crisis Intervention Worker protocol for LASD. She has also participated in multiple Walk for Life marches in South Los Angeles, contributed to the E-pal program at an elementary school, and worked with Southwest College to establish the first-ever Internship program, which includes SLA as well as Compton and Century Stations. Commander Tardy has also served on the Commander Management Task Force to address violence within the jails, and is responsible for attending recruitment events within Central Patrol Division’s jurisdiction.
Commander Tardy has attended UCLA and received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University- San Bernardino. She has been on the Board of Trustees for the Black Peace Officers Association since 2011 and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has one son who plays basketball for Bethesda Christian University. In her off-duty time, she enjoys spending time with family, playing basketball and volleyball, doing home-improvement projects, mentoring and doing community service.