John Caprarelli was born in Los Angeles, California in 1957. Retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after working a cross section of assignments, his involvement in the infamous 1997 North Hollywood Bank of America robbery shootout was the pinnacle of a 27 year police career that earned him the Medal of Valor and National Top Cop awards. Between hobbies, he continues to speak at various venues regarding his career and life lessons learned.
"Uniform Decisions: My Life in the LAPD and the North Hollywood Shootout," by Officer John Caprarelli. February 28, 1997 - Los Angeles was the scene of a botched robbery at a Bank of America. Officer Caprarelli was one of the first officers at the scene. Before a national TV audience, he confronted one of the robbers, provoking a gun battle and exchanging numerous shots before the gunman fell.