Norman A. Traub & Associates LLC
Workplace Investigations
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Betty P. Kelepecz

California Licensed Private Investigators and Attorneys




Professional experience

Ms Kelepecz is a licensed California attorney, a California licensed private investigator and a senior investigator for Norman A. Traub Associates.

Ms. Kelepecz retired as a Commander in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).  After retiring she served as the Chief of Police of the San Diego Harbor Police Department.  Her vast experience includes: President of a public safety consulting firm; Lab Director of a private forensic DNA lab; and Senior Vice President of a company offering data sharing solutions for government agencies.  As a LAPD Police Commander, she was in charge of Risk-Management, and was also the commander of Personnel Group which oversaw the Human Resources of over 13,000 employees. During her career as a law enforcement executive, she was given the responsibility to lead most of the operational, administrative, and support functions of the police department.  She was a member of the Workplace Violence and Threat Assessment Response Team and was responsible for the investigation of and response to all civil litigation that arose out of the Department. As the commander of Risk Management Group, she was also responsible for all the policy review and adjudications of Department uses of force, pursuits, and on-duty traffic collisions as well as the Risk Management Advisory Committee and process, litigation discovery and the “Pitchess Motion” unit.  Her LAPD career includes assignments in patrol, detectives, traffic, internal affairs investigations and background investigations.

With the combination of field experience, investigation skills, scientific background, leadership and management and legal skills as an attorney, she is an excellent investigator in the field of allegations of employee/employer misconduct.


  • Juris Doctor Degree, Southwestern Law School

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Southern California (Biology)

  • Association of Workplace Investigators National Training Institute for Workplace Investigators, the FBI National Academy, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, PERF Senior Management Institute for Police and the FBI Instructor Development Course

  • Numerous courses in Investigation; Management; Leadership


  • Association of Workplace Investigators

  • California Bar Association

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
    Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

  • FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA)

  • Past President, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives

  • Recipient, NAWLEE Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year

  • Recipient, PERF Gary P. Hayes Award for law enforcement leadership

  • First Woman to be promoted to the position of Commander in the 126 year history of the Los Angeles Police Department

Additional Experience

  • Fluent in conversational Spanish and Italian