Office of the Chief of Police

Headshot of Police Chief David ValentinWelcome to your Santa Ana Police Department website. I am honored to serve as the Chief of Police in leading the men and women of the Santa Ana Police Department, since 2017.  Whether you live, work, worship, attend school, or you’re simply visiting our city, please consider us your Police Department.

Our Department has proudly served our community for 152 years of history in Santa Ana (City Anniversary 1869-2022).  It is our priority to serve you with the utmost professionalism, integrity, dignity and respect, and transparency.  We strive to build and sustain community trust with all members of our diverse community, with the purpose of creating an all-inclusive and collaborative public safety partnership. To that end, we are centered on serving our community first.

The Santa Ana Police Department has a long history of facilitating a community oriented policing philosophy and successful initiatives, which date back to the 1970’s. We served as a pioneer in this policing framework decades ago, while establishing best national practices, and it continues to serve as the bedrock of our foundation in how we do business today. We focus on dual community based and traditional policing efforts to provide for a balanced approach to enhancing safety in Santa Ana; including the six pillars of the 21st century policing strategy. We understand and appreciate the unique characteristics that make Santa Ana a great city to serve as a police officer or professional staff member of any rank. We appreciate the collective needs and contributions of our diverse neighborhoods, businesses and the key role we represent and serve as the seat of Orange County.

As we move forward together in reimagining and enhancing police services, consider us a partner in addressing community safety.

Please feel free to navigate your Department’s website for the latest information, as well as the relevant updates you can find on our social media platforms.

Sincerely,

David Valentin
Chief of Police

 

Bienvenido a su sitio web del Departamento de Policía de Santa Ana. Me siento honrado de servir como Jefe de Policía al liderar a los hombres y mujeres del Departamento de Policía de Santa Ana, desde 2017. Ya sea que viva, trabaje, practique culto, asista a la escuela o simplemente esté de visita en nuestra ciudad, considéranos su Departamento de Policía.

Nuestro Departamento ha servido con orgullo a nuestra comunidad durante 152 años de historia en Santa Ana (Aniversario de la Ciudad 1869-2022). Es nuestra prioridad servirle con la máxima profesionalidad, integridad, dignidad y respeto, y transparencia. Nos esforzamos por construir y mantener la confianza de la comunidad con todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad diversa, con el propósito de crear una asociación de seguridad pública colaborativa y que incluya a todos. Con ese fin, nos centramos en servir primero a nuestra comunidad.

El Departamento de Policía de Santa Ana tiene una larga historia de facilitar una filosofía policial orientada a la comunidad e iniciativas exitosas, que se remontan a la década de 1970. Fuimos pioneros en este marco policial hace décadas, mientras establecíamos las mejores prácticas nacionales, y continúa sirviendo como la base de nuestra forma de hacer negocios hoy. Nos enfocamos en esfuerzos policiales duales basados ​​en la comunidad y tradicional para proporcionar un enfoque equilibrado para mejorar la seguridad en Santa Ana; incluidos los seis pilares de la estrategia policial del siglo XXI. Entendemos y apreciamos las características únicas que hacen de Santa Ana una gran ciudad para servir como oficial de policía o miembro del personal profesional de cualquier rango. Apreciamos las necesidades colectivas y las contribuciones de nuestros diversos vecindarios,

A medida que avanzamos juntos en la reinvención y mejora de los servicios policiales, considéranos un socio para abordar la seguridad de la comunidad.

No dude en navegar por el sitio web de su Departamento para obtener la información más reciente, así como las actualizaciones relevantes que puede encontrar en nuestras plataformas de redes sociales.

Sinceramente,

David Valentín
Jefe de Policía

Year-End Review Reports

 


Staff

Commander Gonzalez

Chief Valentin's Executive Officer, Commander Jose Gonzalez, handles a variety of special projects for the Chief and also oversees the Public Information Officer, Internal Affairs Division, and the Honor Guard. Internal Affairs is staffed by three police sergeants, a police corporal, and two part-time office assistants. This unit is responsible for investigating allegations of employee misconduct, officer-involved shootings, in-custody deaths, as well as conducting organizational audits and representing the Department in providing records during court hearings. The Honor Guard is a voluntary assignment of members who represent the Department at funerals and other public functions.

Maria Lopez Headshot

The Public Information Officer (PIO), Sergeant Maria Lopez, is responsible for providing timely and transparent information to the media and members of the public concerning police matters. By actively utilizing social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Nixle, and Instagram, the Department has increased its ability to efficiently provide the public with information concerning public safety matters.

Tamara Bogosian Headshot

The Police Legal Advisor, Tamara Bogosian, is a Santa Ana Senior Assistant City Attorney who is assigned full-time to provide legal advice to the Chief of Police and the entire Department. In addition, the Police Legal Advisor often represents the Department in litigation and other legal functions pertaining to police and public safety matter.

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