Lou was born and raised in Long Island and is the grandson of Italian immigrants. His grandparents owned a Delicatessen on East New York Avenue from 1923 – 1973, directly next door to the “Old” 73 Precinct. He grew up surrounded by cops coming and going in the Deli.
Lou attended Grammar and High School in Long Island. After graduating from Valley Stream North High School, Lou studied Finance at St. John’s University where he earned a Bachelors Degree. Prior to joining the Police Department, Lou worked as a Commercial Sales Representative for New Telephone and AT&T.
Lou was appointed to the NYC Police Department on October 15, 1990. After his graduation from the Police Academy he was assigned to Patrol in the 105th Precinct. As a Police Officer, Lou was assigned to Patrol and Community Policing Units. In 1994, Lou was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the 13th Precinct. In 1997, he transferred to the Police Academy until his promotion to Lieutenant on November 25, 1997. He was then assigned to the 5th Precinct as Special Operations Lieutenant. In August 2003, Lou was assigned to the Patrol Borough Manhattan South Anti-Crime Unit. In August 2004, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of the 1st Precinct Scooter Task Force.