Retired Sergeant Frank Salerno was a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 32 years. He worked a variety of assignments including Custody Division, Uniform Patrol, Internal Investigations and Detective Division. He worked for 27 years as a Detective and Detective Supervisor in the Juvenile Bureau, Narcotic Bureau and the last 17 ½ years in the Homicide Bureau.
Sgt. Salerno was the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Departments primary investigator in the “Hillside Strangler” serial murder case and the Task Force Coordinator and lead Investigator in the “Night Stalker” serial murder case. He was a member of the National Planning Committee that created VICAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program) located at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia and a member of the National Committee that created the manual on the Multiple Agency Investigative Team (M.A.I.T.) concept.
He has taught Homicide Investigation and Officer Involved Shooting Investigation for San Jose State University and the California Department of Justice. Sgt. Salerno has lectured on Serial Murders and Homicide Investigation throughout the United States.