Her father was an Anaheim cop. Her husband is an Anaheim cop.
But ask Tracy Hittesdorf, and she’ll tell you she had no intention of spending her adult years in or around law enforcement.
“If you would have told me in college when I was a biology major that I’d eventually be a cop, I’d have called you crazy,” said Hittesdorf. “Coming in, I was the girly-girl that had never been in a fight before.”
Meet the Anaheim Police Department’s newest lieutenant. She earned the promotion a few weeks ago. The former sex crimes detective and 23-year APD vet now leads patrol.
Interim Police Chief Raul Quezada calls her “girliness” an asset.
“Tracy is great at noting peoples’ strengths and putting them in positions to succeed,” he said. “She’s a great addition to our group of lieutenants.”
Born in Anaheim and a graduate of Canyon High School, Hittesdorf described her father, Ron Fisher, as an “old school motor cop”. He didn’t want her to become a police officer. And that was fine with her – until late in college.
The Cal Poly Pomona senior decided she had more chemistry with criminal justice than biology, so she changed majors.
Hittesdorf most enjoys the challenge of bringing together the strengths of individual team members to solve problems – a skill she identified and nurtured in the police academy.
“I was very good with the books while others were more gifted physically. So, we all worked together and used our different attributes to accomplish our goal,” she said.
What about her husband, Ben Hittesdorf? They worked together on the Community Policing team and as patrol partners before becoming life partners, marrying in 1996.
Tracy Hittesdorf also supervised internal affairs and the Safe Schools program and worked on horseback as a member of APD’s Mounted Unit. She looks forward to being back on the streets in uniform, leading what she calls “one of the finest patrol units in all of law enforcement.”
Her husband is also an APD lieutenant, overseeing detectives. They have two daughters.
Like their mother, neither plans to become a police officer.
At least not yet.
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