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ANAHEIM POLICE CHIEF JOHN WELTER ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FOLLOWING A 42-YEAR CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 1, 2013) Anaheim Police Chief John Welter today announced his retirement from the Anaheim Police Department effective May 16, 2013, following a 42-year career in law enforcement, including nine years as Chief of Police for the City of Anaheim.
As Police Chief, Welter led law enforcement, safety and security operations for California’s 10th largest city, including oversight of residential areas, business centers, and the City’s internationally recognized sports, entertainment and convention venues – Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, the Anaheim Convention Center, and the Anaheim Resort.
“Chief Welter’s dedication to the City of Anaheim is to be commended, and on behalf of the entire City Council, our thanks for his service to Anaheim’s residents, businesses and guests over these past nine years,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “Anaheim was founded in 1857 as a small community. Today Anaheim is a thriving and diverse city. It takes strong leadership to keep Anaheim safe, and John Welter has provided that and more. Our congratulations to him and his family.”
“Chief Welter has had a positive impact on the City of Anaheim,” said City Manager Bob Wingenroth. “John is a man of integrity and character. He has a heart of compassion for the community and consistently proved to be a strong leader to his officers and civilian staff. He is an inspiration to many, from his Explorers and senior volunteers, to residents, to business leaders. On behalf of the City of Anaheim, we offer our sincere appreciation, and we wish him and his wife Terri all the best on this new chapter in his life.”
Welter began his career with the San Diego Police Department, rising to the position of Executive Assistant Chief (second in command). Upon joining Anaheim on March 22, 2004 as the City’s 31st Chief of Police, he quickly implemented his vision for the department’s mission, vision and values with an emphasis on innovation, best practices, crime prevention, and community engagement.
During his tenure, Welter led his department through periods of change and transformation, including the enhancement of law enforcement through technological advancements, initiating dialogue between the community and the police department, as well as his introduction of community oriented policing, a model used by agencies worldwide.
His innovative practices include:
· Establishment of the Chief’s Advisory Board, a group of community leaders who through direct access to the Chief present ideas and recommendations based on community input.
· Implementation of the Anaheim Family Justice Center (now the Orange County Family Justice Center), a highly-valued service to women, men and children caught in the cycle of abuse. The Center is also a leader in elder abuse investigation for the County.
· Engagement between officers and the community, and this past year alone led and participated in more than 150 community meetings for the purpose of hearing directly from Anaheim’s residents.
Training and education are hallmarks of Welter’s career. The FBI sent him to Russia to train their police executives on police management and leadership. From 2000-2006 he consulted and trained police executives in Hungary, the Ukraine, Sweden, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom, Columbia and Romania. Welter trained many police departments throughout the State on community oriented policing and problem solving. He continues to teach executive development courses throughout the State.
The Anaheim Police Department currently employs 350 sworn officers, and an overall staff of 684.
For more information on the Anaheim Police Department please visit www.anaheim.net/police.
For more information on the City of Anaheim please visit www.anaheim.net
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 343,000 residents and more than 2,950 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.5 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, and the Professional Arena Soccer League Anaheim Bolts. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.