Tigran was born in Yerevan, Armenia and moved to the United States of America in 1980. His family settled in Los Angeles and eventually moved and planted roots in Glendale. Tigran was a Cub Scout, attended the public-school systems, learned English and Spanish, worked at the YMCA as a lifeguard and swim instructor, volunteered in his community as a police explorer and continually mentors’ others.
In 1993, he graduated from Hoover High School and while in high school; he joined the Glendale Police Explorer program.
Tigran earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1998 and in 2001; he earned his master’s degree in Public Administration both from the California State University at Northridge. Tigran is a graduate of the Supervisory Leadership Institute, Glendale Supervisory Academy, FBI National Academy, and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Glendale”. In December 2013, obtained his second master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Post-Graduate School for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California. His thesis; “School Shootings: Law Enforcement and School District Networking,” served as a basis for proposed school safety legislation requiring mandatory interagency cross-reporting via SB-1091 authored by Senator Portantino.
Tigran began his law enforcement career as a police cadet, reserve officer, and graduated from Rio Hondo Police Academy in 1997 beginning his full-time policing career. Interestingly, soon after graduation, Tigran was reassigned from patrol to work with the infamous “Angel of Death” Homicide Taskforce and served as a liaison to the many Armenian families impacted by this high-profile criminal investigation. Throughout Tigran’s career, his bilingual skills have helped many law enforcement organizations. He has travelled to Armenia on three occasions to assist local law enforcement in criminal investigations. He has also been a presenter at the United States Embassy in Armenia on anti-corruption.
After his tenure in Patrol, he was transferred to the Financial Crimes Detail as a Detective. While working as a Detective, he also served as a Tactical Flight Observer with the Heliport and was also a member of the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team.
In 2007, Tigran was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Patrol. In 2013, he was transferred as the Supervisor of a newly formed AB-109 Taskforce that supervises the early release of felons from California prisons. The task force is comprised of Investigators from the Glendale, San Fernando, Burbank Police Departments, and the Los Angeles County Probation Department. The goal of the taskforce is to supervise and track parolees in Glendale and surrounding cities.
In November 2013, Tigran was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as the Watch Commander and the Area Commander for the west side of the city. In 2014, Tigran was assigned to the Los Angeles Interagency Police Apprehension Crime Taskforce (LA IMPACT) as a Deputy Director to be part of the executive management team as the first ever Lieutenant from the Glendale Police Department. While at LA IMPACT, Tigran was responsible for overseeing three AB-109 teams, a grant funded methamphetamine team, the only clandestine laboratory response team in Los Angeles County, the Air Support unit, and the Los Angeles City Attorney Abatement unit. Tigran worked with federal, state, county, and local law enforcement entities, as well as the Department of Child and Family Services Drug Endangered Children’s team. Tigran and his family sponsored several families for the holidays, and he proposed ideas to build a cache of toys for the minor children affected.
After his four-year tour at LA IMPACT, Tigran was hand selected to be the Commander of the Glendale Police Department’s Communications and Technology Bureau where he currently oversees the 911 dispatch center.
In July 2018, Tigran was bestowed the “Award for Excellence” by the Executive Office of The President of The United States for his leadership and significant contributions to the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
Tigran works for the National Basketball Association as an Alternate Security Representative. He is responsible for conducting audits to ensure venues are meeting NBA security protocol, ensuring the safety of the fans, employees, and players.
Tigran is married to Carla and is a proud father of their 4-year-old son Matthew Armen. Tigran’s hobbies include fishing, hiking, boating, cooking/grilling, and scuba diving. He enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Tigran Topadzhikyan, Instructor, Kim Turner, LLC
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