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RAUL QUEZADA CONFIRMED AS CITY OF ANAHEIM CHIEF OF POLICE
ANAHEIM, Calif. (December 17, 2013) The Anaheim City Council tonight unanimously confirmed Raul Quezada as the Anaheim Chief of Police, as recommended by City Manager Marcie Edwards. Chief Quezada had been serving as Interim Anaheim Chief of Police since May 17 of this year.
The Anaheim Chief of Police oversees a department of more than 500 full-time and more than 100 part-time sworn officers and non-sworn personnel in service to Anaheim’s 346,000 residents, businesses, and 20 million annual visitors. The Anaheim Police Department is a leader in crime prevention, emergency preparedness and response, and community-oriented policing through long-term solutions by engaging the community in problem solving.
“Anaheim residents can be confident knowing their Police Department is led by an outstanding individual who truly has a passion for this City,” said City Manager Marcie Edwards. “Chief Quezada has demonstrated his leadership these past several months, and together with an outstanding department of officers and civilian employees, the Anaheim Police Department will continue to embrace the community and serve its residents, businesses and guests in the highest manner possible. It is my pleasure to recommend Chief Quezada as Anaheim’s Chief of Police, and I am grateful to the Anaheim City Council for unanimously approving his selection.”
“I am honored and humbled at the challenge and responsibility this position holds, and I am aware there is work to be done to ensure our Department is delivering the highest level of service to our residents, business owners, employees and visitors. As your Police Chief I will do everything within my ability to keep the Anaheim Police Department in its rightful position as the finest police department in California,” said Chief Quezada.
Quezada joined the Anaheim Police Department in 1996. He began his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Los Angeles Police Department. He has worked in a variety of assignments, including Patrol, Traffic, Police Activities League, Community Policing, Tourist-Oriented Policing, and Detectives. As a Lieutenant, he worked as a Watch Commander, District Commander, Strategic Services Commander and finally as the Internal Affairs Commander. Quezada was promoted to Captain in 2010 and was assigned as the Investigations Division Commander. He would later assume command of the Operations Support Division, which includes the Community Services Bureau. He also served as the Special Tactics Detail Commander. On May 17, 2013 he was appointed interim Chief of Police following the retirement of former Police Chief John Welter.
In addition to local law enforcement leadership, Quezada has also provided consulting services to police officials in Bogota, Columbia, and Culiacan, Mexico. Quezada received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Studies from California State University Long Beach. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program at Columbia Southern University. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute and P.O.S.T Command College.
Chief Quezada is Anaheim’s 33rd Chief of Police since David D. Davies was named First Town Marshal in 1870.
For more information on the Anaheim Police Department, please visit www.anaheim.net/police.
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