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Jail Bureau Commander Jason Viramontes began his career in 1999 with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was assigned as a Deputy Sheriff to Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles before he lateraled to the Santa Ana Police Department in 2002. Three years later, he was selected to the newly formed Santa Ana Police Department Strike Force, the first full-time SWAT team in Orange County. During this assignment, he was involved in the 4-day manhunt for a suspect wanted for the attempted murder of two Long Beach Police Officers. Commander Viramontes was awarded the Santa Ana Police Department Medal of Valor for his actions taken when he and two teammates located and engaged the suspect to take him into custody.
After his promotion to Police Sergeant in 2010, Commander Viramontes was assigned to lead a district team in the Patrol Division, before his work in the Personnel and Training Divisions. In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Police Commander, where he provided leadership as a Watch Commander, and in the Special Investigations and Crimes Against Persons Divisions.
Commander Viramontes has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration /Organizational Leadership. He is also a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Point Leadership Program. Commander Viramontes was very influential in the development of Santa Ana Police Department’s Body Worn Camera Program, which has been modeled throughout Orange County and the State.