Office of Chief of Police

Chief of Police - David Valentin

Welcome to your Santa Ana Police Department’s website!  My name is David Valentin and I am honored to serve as the Chief of Police in leading the men and women of the Santa Ana Police Department.  Whether you live, work, worship, attend school, or you’re simply visiting our fine city, please consider us your police department. 

I, along with the men and women of this organization, proudly serve you with 150 years of law enforcement history in Santa Ana (City Anniversary 1869-2019).  It is our priority to serve you with the utmost professionalism, integrity 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. 

The Santa Ana Police Department has a long history of facilitating a community oriented policing philosophy and initiatives, which date back to the 1970’s. We served as a pioneer in this policing framework decades ago, established best national practices and have been the foundation of how we business today. Focused on community based and traditional policing efforts provide for a balanced approach to enhancing safety in Santa Ana. We understand the unique characteristics that makes Santa Ana a great city to serve as a police officer or professional staff member of any rank in any of our four policing districts. We appreciate the collective needs of our diverse neighborhoods, businesses and the key role we represent and serve as the seat of Orange County.   

We focus on serving all stakeholders, equally; while focusing on making Santa Ana a safer place to live, work, worship, attend school, and visit. 

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.




Chief of Police

Santa Ana Police Department

Executive%20Officer.JPG Chief Valentin's Executive Officer, Commander Robert Rodriguez, 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.
Tamara.JPG The Police Legal Advisor, Tamara Bogosian, is a Santa Ana 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.
Bertagna.JPG The Public Information Officer (PIO), Corporal Anthony Bertagna, 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.