The Van Nuys Community Police Station provides police services to the Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys neighborhoods, an area of 30 square miles with over 325,000 residents, and is under the jurisdiction of Valley Bureau.

Van Nuys Community Police Station
6240 Sylmar Avenue Van Nuys, CA 91401

818-756-8343 Voice   /   818-785-6619 TDD/TTY

Meet Your LAPD Station Captains

Captain Christopher M. Zine joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 2001. After graduating from the academy, Captain Zine was assigned as a police officer at Pacific Division and was then assigned to Hollywood Division. In 2005, Captain Zine was selected as a motor officer assigned to Operations-South Bureau, where he worked a variety of assignments including traffic enforcement, collision investigation, the DUI task force, and the Office of Operations City-wide Violent Crime Task Force (CREW). In 2012, Captain Zine was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to North Hollywood, serving as a patrol sergeant Area adjutant, until being upgraded to Sergeant II and assigned as the North Hollywood Area Community Relations Officer in Charge. In 2017, Captain Zine was assigned as the aide to the Director of the Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy. In 2019, Captain Zine was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned Devonshire Area, serving as the Watch Commander, the Assistant Detective Commanding Officer, and the Lieutenant II assigned as the Officer in Charge of the Devonshire Area Gang Impact Team. Later in 2019, Captain Zine was selected as the adjutant to the Chief of Detectives and tasked with the development and implementation of many critical projects, including photo comparison technology and the community violence reduction program. In July 2021, Captain Zine was promoted as the Patrol Captain of Foothill Area, overseeing patrol operations. Captain Zine believes in emphasizing and implementing community policing principles, fostering lasting partnerships with the community. In April of 2022, Captain Zine was assigned as the Director of Training Division overseeing the Los Angeles Police Academy and in-service training.

Captain Zine has a Bachelor of Science in Politics from Saint Mary’s College of California and a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration from the University of California, Long Beach. Captain Zine lives in the City of Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Captain Karen Leong is a 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. Born in Inglewood, California, she grew up appreciating many cultures in Los Angeles County and in Hawaii, where she spent her summers with extended family. In 1992, she received a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University in Communications Studies and moved to Japan to teach English in three public schools. Soon after her return to Southern California in November of 1996 she found her calling and began her career with the Los Angeles Police Department.

As a police officer, Karen worked various assignments including patrol, narcotics, recruitment and several specialized units. In 2002, she promoted to a rank of Sergeant to serve as a field supervisor in Van Nuys and later Hollywood Area. Subsequently, she was selected as an Assistant Officer-in-Charge of the Community Relations Section, Office of the Chief of Police, where she served under Chief William J. Bratton and Chief Charlie Beck. In this assignment, Karen found her passion and commitment for serving diverse communities to improve their quality of life. In 2011, she completed her Master of Advanced Study from University of California, Irvine in Criminology, Law and Society.

In 2016, Karen promoted to Lieutenant and served for over five years as a Watch Commander at Hollywood Division, followed by her assignment to Audit Division and Information Technology Bureau. In September of 2023, she promoted to Captain and returned to Van Nuys Area as the Patrol Commanding Officer.

Karen resides with her teenage son, enjoys traveling. and exploring the world whenever she can.