"I realized whether I testified or not, he was going to hear people call me names. And I'd rather him hear them call me a dyke than a bigot."
Lt. Arleen Gonzales, regarding her son.
Arleen Gonzales
Title Lieutenant
Affiliation Los Angeles Police Department
Division Robbery/Homicide
Occupation Police Officer
Family Unnamed son
Status Alive
Actor Wanda De Jesus (Pilot Only)
Rachel Ticotin
First Appearance Hollywood


Arleen Gonzales is the Commanding Officer of the LAPD Robbery/Homicide Division. She is a cool professional who keeps her private life private and has a passionate advocate for her detectives. In the episode, "East Pasadena," it's revealed that she has an 11-year-old son, but was only mentioned.

In "El Sereno," when a defendant's lawyer uses an edited tape of Gonzales (which portrays her as a racist & a bigot) to accuse the LAPD of racial profiling (because the defendant was the only African-American employee), Gonzales comes out as a lesbian on the stand, stating that before she could understand the prejudices of others, she had to understand her own prejudices.

Arlene also has a law degree. She pulled a few strings to get Ricardo Morales into Homicide as T.J.'s new partner. She was seen rattled when Rex Winters died in the hospital after getting shot.

Law & Order: Los Angeles - Main characters

Characters: Tomas JaruszalskiRicardo MoralesRex WintersArleen Gonzales


Characters: Jonah DekkerConnie RubirosaJerry HardinLauren StantonEvelyn Price

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