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ANAHEIM, CA – (April 24, 2013) Anaheim Deputy Police Chief Raul Quezada will assume the duties of Interim Police Chief effective May 17, it was announced today by Anaheim City Manager Bob Wingenroth.  Quezada will follow Anaheim Police Chief John Welter in leading the Anaheim Police Department and its staff of nearly 700, including 351 sworn officers.

Quezada at a recent Police Chiefs Advisory Board meeting

Quezada at a recent Police Chiefs Advisory Board meeting

“I am pleased to make this announcement,” said Wingenroth. “Having known Raul for the past few years I have witnessed his genuine concern for the Anaheim community.  This appointment will allow for a seamless transition for Anaheim’s residents, businesses and guests during the recruitment and interview process until a permanent Chief is named.”

On April 1, Chief Welter announced his retirement from the Anaheim Police Department effective May 16, following a 42-year career in law enforcement, including nine years as Chief of Police for the City of Anaheim.

“The department will continue to do a great job because of the leadership of Deputy Chief Quezada,” said Chief John Welter.  “Under Raul’s leadership I am confident the men and women of the Anaheim Police Department will continue to employ the tenets of community oriented policing and problem solving to ensure the department remains a leader in this profession.”

Quezada joined the Anaheim Police Department in April 1996 as a lateral transfer police officer from the Los Angeles Police Department, where he began his career in 1993.  He advanced in his career and was named Anaheim Deputy Police Chief in August 2012.

Over the course of his career, Quezada worked a variety of assignments including Patrol, Traffic, Police Activities League, Community Policing, Tourist Oriented Policing and Detectives. As a Lieutenant, he worked as a Watch Commander, District Commander, Strategic Services Commander and finally as the Internal Affairs Commander. Quezada was promoted to Captain in 2010 and was assigned as the Investigations Division Commander. This Division includes Detectives, Gang Unit, Safe Schools, Forensics, Property and Evidence, the Anaheim Family Justice Center and the Crime Task Force. He would later assume command of the Operations Support Division which includes the Traffic Bureau, Detention Facility, Communications Bureau, Information and Technology Bureau and the Community Services Bureau. He also served as the Special Tactics Detail Commander.

In addition to his professional service here in the United States, Quezada has consulted for police officials in Bogota, Columbia and Culiacan, Mexico.  Quezada received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Studies from California State University, Long Beach. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program at Columbia Southern University. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute and Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training Command College.

For more information on the Anaheim Police Department please visit http://www.anaheim.net/police.