Captain Paul Snell Transferred Out of Van Nuys Division

Snell will now take over the Southwest Division of Los Angeles and Van Nuys Division will acquire two new captains, effective immediately.

Beginning Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Division will be under the watch of two new captains, as former captain Paul Snell has been transferred to the Southwest Division of LAPD, which encompasses the University of Southern California and the Coliseum.

Taking over for Snell as Area Captain is Ivan Minsal, the former Valley Traffic Division Captain. Taking over as Patrol Captain is Brian Pratt, former Patrol Captain in the Northeast Division.

“It all happened very fast,” Snell said on Monday. “Basically, they didn’t give a whole lot of rationale for the changes except that the movement of the captain in Foothill, that caused somewhat of a domino effect with all the captains.”

“I just kind of got caught up in the domino effect,” Snell added.

Snell began in his new post today, as well as both Minsal and Pratt.

Minsal has worked in the Valley Traffic Division since the mid-2000’s, where he has been responsible for traffic throughout the entire San Fernando Valley.

“He is a really good replacement,” Snell saidl. “He’s a good guy and a lot of people will already know him.”

Snell served in his post as captain of the Van Nuys Division for 18 months.

“Absolutely I’m going to miss it,” Snell said. “I’m going to miss these people dearly because of the youth programs I was involved in there, the community members I worked with, and even the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association.”

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Snell added. “I hate to go and people have told me they don’t want to see me go, but that just means I was doing something right. Sometimes, that’s just the way it goes.” 

Scott Killeen September 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
This is very frustrating! Captain Snell was a great carry over from Captain Bill Eaton. Both listened to regular residents of the Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys area.You did not have to be a SONC board member or belong to an homeowners group, it did not matter, you were treated as an equal. I hope our new Captain Minsal will be as pro-active as Captain Snell was for our community! Thank you Captain Snell for your service.
Vikki and Jack Flam 'Your Security Professionals" September 11, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Flam's Lock and key also will dearly miss Captain Snell. His ability and desire to connect on a personal basis and his recognition of Flam's as the Valley's security experts was remarkable. He is a kind and humble man and his new division is lucky to have him. Jack and I look forward to meeting Captain Minsal and Brian Pratt and like Scott, thank Captain Snell for his services!
Doug Kriegel September 11, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Good-bye and good luck to an outstanding police officer. This man could be a candidate to become the next police chief in Los Angeles.
Dr. Bob Cohen September 12, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Best of luck, Paul. Although Southwest Division has gained a great Captain, Sherman Oaks will always consider you a good friend. I would like to offer an official Sherman Oaks Chamber welcome to our new Captains, Ivan Minsal and Brian Pratt. We look forward to working with you both.


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