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CVPDbadgeChief Kennedy leads a department of 227 sworn officers, 90 civilian employees, and more than a hundred volunteers (Organizational Chart). The department maintains a budget of just under $50 million and provides law enforcement services to a community of over 250,000 people. Chula Vista is the second largest city in San Diego County, 13th largest in the state and the 89th largest in the country. Chula Vista was recently designated the 10th safest city in the United States for jurisdictions with more than 200,000 population.         

 

Chief of Police

(619) 691-5150

 

Captain Vern Sallee
Chief Roxana Kennedy

On December 30, 2016, Roxana Kennedy was appointed as the City of Chula Vista’s 24th Chief of Police. Chief Kennedy began her law enforcement career in 1992 after graduating from the Southwestern College Police Academy. She rose through the ranks to become the first female Chief of Police for the City of Chula Vista.

As an Officer, Chief Kennedy established a reputation for an outstanding work ethic, professionalism, commitment to the community, and dedication to the job. Her passion for police work and providing the highest quality of service to the community propelled her through the ranks to become Chula Vista's first female Police Lieutenant and then in 2013, Police Captain.

During Chief Kennedy’s career, she managed the Patrol Operations Division which is the largest division in the police department representing 67 percent of all sworn personnel. Chief Kennedy oversaw Patrol, Traffic, School Resource Officers, Street Team and Gang Suppression Unit, Community Policing Unit, Community Relations, and Crime Analysis.  The Patrol Division also includes canine units, Senior Volunteer Patrol, the Reserve Unit, Crisis Negotiations, SWAT, Mobile Field Force, and mental health assistance in coordination with the Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams (PERT). 

Chief Kennedy has worked various assignments throughout her career including Patrol Officer, Street Team Officer, Field Agent, Background Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Street Team Sergeant, Watch Commander, Geographic Policing District Commander, and Investigative Division Lieutenant. During her career, she served on both the Crisis Negotiation Team and the Mobile Field Force Unit for 22 years, including 12 years as the Unit Commander for each team. She also directed a very active Wellness/Peer Support Team for the Department.

Chief Kennedy has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from California Coast University. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Class #243, and serves on the FBI National California Chapter Board of Directors. In addition, she serves as the President of the San Diego Chapter of Woman Leaders in Law Enforcement. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and volunteering with two non-profit organizations: Project Compassion providing medical aid to those in need throughout the world and Athletes for Education helping at-risk youth in disadvantaged areas within San Diego County.


 

 

Patrol Operations

(619) 691-5209

Captain Lon Turner
Captain
Lon Turner

The Patrol Operations Division provides the fundamental base for the City of Chula Vista Police Department’s law enforcement services. Responding to more than 65,000 citizen calls for service annually, the Patrol Operations Division serves the community and meets crime face-to-face in a wide range of situations 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Patrol Operations Division consists of Patrol, Traffic, Street Team, Gang Suppression Unit, Community Policing Unit, Community Relations and Crime Analysis.

Although the majority of the Division’s activity centers around calls for police assistance, other special details and services include canine units, Senior Volunteer Patrol, Crisis Negotiations, SWAT, Mobile Field Force, bilingual services, and mental health assistance in coordination with the Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams (PERT).

Captain Lon Turner began his volunteer service with the police department in 1984 as a police explorer and later a reserve officer. In 1990, he was hired as a State Traffic Officer by the California Highway Patrol. In July 1991, Captain Turner rejoined the police department as a regular sworn officer. He served as a field training officer, mobile field force member, narcotics detective, and task force agent. He received civic and department awards for "Officer of the Year", auto theft, proactive narcotics arrests, and lifesaving. In 1997, he was nominated for "Narc of the Year" by Region IV of the California Narcotic Officers' Association (CNOA). In 2000, he was promoted to sergeant and served as a patrol supervisor and later the Special Investigations Unit supervisor. He was promoted to police lieutenant in 2004. As a police lieutenant, he served as a Watch Commander, Jail manager, acting Crime Lab manager, Professional Standards Unit manager, Investigations and Special Operations lieutenant. In 2013, he was promoted to Captain as the Investigations Division Commander with a collateral responsibility of Public Information Officer. In 2016, Captain Turner was assigned to head the Patrol Division and designated as Chief Kennedy’s Second in Command.

Captain Turner received his Associate's Degree from Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista. He holds a Bachelor's Degree (Cum Laude) in Criminal Justice and Master's Degree in Public Administration (specialization in Human Resources) from National University in La Jolla, California. In 2014, Captain Turner received his Master's Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia.

Captain Turner is a graduate of POST Command College (Class 49) and received the peer nominated "Hank E. Kohen" award for "most inspirational" student in 2011. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Class 258), Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program, and DEA's Drug Unit Commanders Academy (Class 71). He is a lifetime member of the CNOA, a published author, member of the American Legion, and occasionally works as a part-time adjunct college instructor.

His hobbies include sailing, scuba diving, and traveling. He is a long time resident of Chula Vista, is married and has three daughters.  

 

Investigations Division

(619) 691-5218

Captain Reber
 Captain
Fritz Reber

The Investigations Division consists of Criminal Investigations, Special Operations, and School Resource Officers.  The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) consists of Crimes of Violence, Property Crimes, Family Protection,  and  Digital Evidence.  The Special Operations Division (Spec Ops) consists of Narcotics Enforcement, Special Investigations, and various task forces.

Captain William "Fritz" Reber was hired in May of 1991.  In 1993 he was selected as one of the first of two officers to serve on the newly created Street Team.  He also served as a Field Training Officer, SWAT Officer, SWAT Sniper, and won awards for proactive narcotic and auto theft enforcement.  Soon after his promotion to Agent, he was selected to serve as a detective on the county-wide Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT).  In 1999 he was promoted to Sergeant and served as a Patrol Sergeant and later as a Sergeant at RATT.  He also served as the Professional Standards Unit Sergeant.  In 2010 he was promoted to Lieutenant.  He served as a Patrol Watch Commander, Jail Commander, Dispatch Manager, and Investigations Division Lieutenant overseeing Criminal Investigations and Special Operations.  In 2014 he received the Scottish Rite Freemasonry Officer of the Year Award.  In 2016 he created and supervised the Chula Vista Police Department's Digital Evidence Unit.  Captain Reber’s collateral duties, past and present, include Public Information Officer, Psychiatric Emergency Response Team Manager, Department Emergency Services Coordinator, City EOC Operations Manager, and Operations Section Chief for the County's Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Team.  In 2017 he was promoted to Captain and currently serves as the Investigations Division Commander.

Captain Reber received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  He is a graduate of the POST Command College (Class 59) and is an adjunct instructor of ethics for the community college corrections academy.

 

Support Operations Division

(619) 691-5230

Captain Vern Sallee
Captain
Vern Sallee

The Support Operations Division consists of Forensic Services, Evidence Control, the City Jail, the Police Communications Center, Police Technology, the Professional Standards Unit, the Training Unit, and Chief’s Advisory Committee Liaison.

Captain Sallee began his law enforcement career in 1995 as a CVPD sponsored recruit and attended the San Diego Regional Police Academy. After graduating the academy, Captain Sallee worked various assignments through his career including Patrol Officer, Street Team Officer, Field Agent, Background Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Professional Standards Unit Sergeant, Watch Commander, and Professional Standards Unit Lieutenant. In December 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Captain where he currently oversees the Support Operations Division.

During his career, Captain Sallee also had several collateral assignments including serving as a Field Training Officer, Crisis negotiator, Mobile Field Force member, Forensic Evidence Technician, Crisis Negotiation Team Sergeant and Training Manager. He also led several significant projects during his tenure, including the implementation of the Department’s Patrol Rifle Program, the design and deployment of a state-of-the art Command Post, fleet management and the planning and implementation of the Department’s Body Worn Camera Program.  Captain Sallee is currently leading a major $2.0M upgrade to the Department’s Computer Aided Dispatch system to improve operational efficiencies.  He also serves as the Police Department’s representative on the City of Chula Vista’s Smart Cities initiative; with the goal of utilizing technology and partnerships to improve municipal services and responsiveness throughout the City.  Finally, Captain Sallee has led efforts to improve Department transparency by leading the Department’s participation in the White House Police Data Initiative.  In early 2016, Captain Sallee led Chula Vista’s efforts to be one of the first 53 police departments in the country to commit to publicly sharing data on citizen complaints, officer demographics and other non-crime related statistics in an effort to improve transparency and community trust.

Captain Sallee has a Master of Science Degree in Administrative Studies with a Criminal Justice emphasis from Missouri State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. He is a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program and he is a graduate of California P.O.S.T. Command College (class 53). He is also a published author and a former part-time adjunct community college instructor; having taught Police Ethics, Forensic Photography and Police Community Relations. 

 


Administrative Services Division

(619) 476-2570

ASM Jonathan Alegre
Administrative Services Manager
Jonathan Alegre

The Administrative Services Division consists of Fiscal Operations, Research and Analysis, and Police Support Services.

Jonathan Alegre was hired by the Police Department in March 2004 to oversee the Fiscal Operations Unit. He created a financial forecasting model that has been shared with other departments and implemented a Police Grants Management System that has been beneficial for grant administration and audits. During his 10 years in the Fiscal Operations Unit, he was honored twice with the Thomas G. Loughran Award, which recognizes the Department's Civilian Employee of the Year. In June 2014, he promoted to Administrative Services Manager.

  

ASM Alegre has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from University of California San Diego and an Associate's degree in Accounting from Southwestern Community College. A native of San Diego, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

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