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Policing Reforms: Department Changes - Creation & Implementation

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  • Daniel Hahn, Chief, Sacramento Police Department

    Chief Daniel Hahn was born and raised in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento and graduated from Sacramento High School. While at Sacramento City College, he was swayed to apply for the Sacramento Police Department as a Community Service Officer. He was hired in 1987, over the course of the next 23 years at Sacramento PD, he rose through the ranks to Captain. He served in numerous assignments including Public Information Officer, High School Criminal Justice Academy Coordinator, Watch Commander, Special Investigations Commander, Patrol Commander and Personnel Division Commander.

    In March 2011, he was selected and sworn in as Chief of Police in the nearby city of Roseville as its 15th Chief of Police. In August 2017, after six years at the helm in Roseville, Chief Hahn was wooed back to his hometown of Sacramento to become the Sacramento Police Department’s 45th chief of police. He is also the first African American to hold the office in Sacramento.

    Chief Hahn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento and a Masters of Public Administration from National University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, P.O.S.T. Command College, Sierra Health Foundation Leadership Program, and the American Leadership Forum.

    Throughout his career, Chief Hahn has been honored with many awards. He is a member of numerous organizations such as the California Police Chiefs Association, and volunteers his time on numerous boards throughout the region.

    Chief Hahn has demonstrated model leadership through several high-profile crises, all the while being focused on the vitality of the Sacramento community and the fidelity of the police department to be at its professional best. He genuinely believes that by working in true partnership with the community, Sacramento will remain a great city in which to live, work and play.

    Chief Hahn is also a committed and proud father of two incredible daughters, and dedicated husband to his beautiful and always supportive wife, Katrina.

  • John Perez, Chief, Pasadena Police Department

    Since 2018, John E. Perez has served as Chief of Police for the City of Pasadena (CA) after beginning his career as a police cadet in 1985. Through the years, he has worked at the various ranks and command structures of the Department. His public safety experience includes specialized assignments in gang/narcotic enforcement, SWAT, administration, and community relations. In 2001, immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, John was tasked with forming a Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Unit where he worked with a small group of officers in developing security & safety plans for the Tournament of Roses Parade, Rose Bowl venue, and citywide special events.

    In 2020, just prior to the pandemic, the leadership team led the Department through an organizational restructure, bringing more officers to patrol, increasing specialized assignments, and eliminating antiquated models of policing. These new approaches involved redirecting calls for service to non-profits, redesigning the neighborhood policing model, and developing a use of force and performance initiative with BWC video. These changes included an immersive training model utilizing a unique debriefing approach with peers and subject matter experts for self-improvement and skill development. In the first 18 months, this approach assisted in decreasing the use of force by over 20% and reducing specific types of force applications by over 50%. To further the efforts of the reorganization, the leadership team worked with the Pasadena Police Officers Association and community partners to increase awareness through educational workshops such as “Policing 101” and “Community Conversations”. In 2019, a Chief’s Advisory Board was established and is comprised of community oversight organizations and public advocate groups to increase public transparency and understanding. The PPD also improved its recruitment and retention of personnel, hiring over 60 officers since 2018 while enhancing internal training, equipment and technology throughout the Department. The operational philosophy of the PPD is centered on community policing and building partnerships with a focus on prevention, intervention, and enforcement to reduce all crime and gang activity.

    Chief Perez is a graduate of the California POST’s Supervisor’s Leadership Institute (SLI), POST Executive Command College, and holds a POST executive certificate. He possesses an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s of Science degree in Behavior Science, and a PhD in Public Administration. He is a board member if the California Police Chiefs Association, National Police Foundation, and serves as the current President of the San Gabriel Valley Police Chief’s Association. He is the recipient of Mayor’s Special Service Award and a two-time recipient of the Chief’s Excellence in Policing award.   

  • Steve Watson, Chief, Eureka Police Department

    Chief Steve Watson is a 24-year law enforcement veteran and proud father of 5 children. He began his policing career in 1998 as a deputy-sheriff with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office where he worked for 7 years before returning home to accept a position with the Eureka Police Department in 2005. Chief Watson rose through the ranks of EPD where he served as a police officer, field training officer, sergeant, detective-sergeant, and captain while working various patrol, investigative, and administrative assignments throughout the Department including supervising the Problem-Oriented Policing Unit (POP). Chief Watson was promoted to interim Chief of Police in July 2017 and following a nationwide search, he accepted an offer to serve as the permanent Chief of Police in October 2017. He

    Chief Watson also served three years in the United States Army (both active duty and Reserve). He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Church Leadership and 5th Year Teacher Education Program Certification from Bethany University, and is currently a graduate student enrolled in the University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership program. Chief Watson is a 2017 graduate of the California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) at Drucker School of Management where he additionally earned a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Claremont Graduate University. He is also a 2013 graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI).

    Chief Watson was appointed to Board of Directors of the California Police Chiefs Association as the Region 1 Representative in 2019 and again in 2021. He is also a member of CPCA’s Training Committee.

  • Chief Pete Dunbar (ret.), Pleasant Hill Police Department

    Pete Dunbar started with the Oakland Police Department in 1982. He served in a variety of assignments and positions in Patrol, Investigations and Training. In 1999, he was appointed as a Deputy Chief, where he was assigned to Field Operations and Services. In February of 2006, he was appointed as Chief of Police of the Pleasant Hill Police Department and retired as Chief on September 28, 2012. On October 8, 2012, he was appointed as the Director of the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) where he worked until November of 2014. He received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Performance for his work while at POST. Dunbar received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Santa Clara in 1982. He received a Master of Arts Degree in Education from San Diego State University in 2002.

    Chief Dunbar has taught Strategic and Succession Planning in the POST Management Course for the San Diego Regional Training Center. He has been an instructor for the Chief’s Association in the topics of Ethics, Strategic and Succession Planning and the Leadership Challenge. He facilitated the Becoming a Police Chief Class (formerly The Role of the Police Chief) for four years and developed and facilitated Succeeding as a Police Chief since its inception. He has consulted with several departments regarding strategic and succession planning, including Huntington Beach and Grass Valley Police Departments. He is a graduate of POST Master Instructor Class 2.

August 24, 2021
Tue 12:00 PM PDT

Duration 1H 30M

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