ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 19, 2018) — Jorge Cisneros, a 27-year Southern California law enforcement veteran including nearly a decade as a police chief, has been named the next chief of the Anaheim Police Department.
Cisneros will be the 34th chief in the Anaheim Police Department’s 148-year history. As chief, he will lead Orange County’s largest city police department and oversee 590 employees, including 408 sworn personnel.
Since 2015, Cisneros has served as chief of the University of California, Irvine, Police Department, where he has led a force of 90 sworn officers, community service officers and staff.
The department serves 35,000 students, 11,000 staff and 1,500 faculty at the UC Irvine campus, the University Hills faculty and staff housing community and at UCI Medical Center in Orange.
Cisneros earlier served as chief of the Huntington Park Police Department and as a lieutenant, commander and chief of staff in nearly 20 years with the Long Beach Police Department.
“Chief Cisneros has the experience, leadership, character and values to help us shape the next generation of community policing in Anaheim,” Mayor Tom Tait said. “Throughout his career, he has ensured public safety while earning the trust and confidence of those he has been entrusted to serve. I invite all of Anaheim to join me in welcoming Chief Cisneros to our city.”
Cisneros is set to join Anaheim Police Department in July. His appointment comes after a nationwide search conducted earlier this year by Bob Murray & Associates, a leading police recruiter.
It also follows meetings with the community, Anaheim Police Department employees, the Chief’s Advisory Board, the Chief’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, the Anaheim Police Association, the Anaheim Police Management Association and the Anaheim Municipal Employees Association.
“I am honored to serve Anaheim and will seek to build on the strong relationship between the department and the community,” Cisneros said. “I’m looking to learn the culture and get to know the men and women of the Anaheim Police Department. My goal is to provide leadership so they can continue serving Anaheim’s residents, businesses and visitors.”
Cisneros will take over the department from Acting Chief Julian Harvey, who will return to his prior position of deputy chief.
Cisneros began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a detective and police officer with the Long Beach Police Department. He was promoted to sergeant in 1998, lieutenant in 2003 and then to police commander in 2006. From 2006 to 2010, he served as the department’s chief of staff as well as commander.
In 2010, Cisneros was named chief of the Huntington Park Police Department, where he led the Los Angeles County city’s department until 2015. He also served as Huntington Park’s acting city manager from 2010 to 2011.
Throughout Cisneros’ career, he has bolstered public safety and promoted ties between the community and police.
At UCI, he developed or expanded programs including a Public Safety Advisory Committee, a Community Academy and a Volunteers in Public Safety program. Cisneros also created a Community Engagement Police Officer position to enhance community trust in the department.
He has served as chief of the University of California’s Systemwide Response Team, overseeing 100 UC police officers specially trained to deal with major incidents on campuses.
At Huntington Park, Cisneros oversaw a 20 percent reduction in serious crime from 2010 to 2015. He also added technology to enhance public safety and make department operations more efficient.
At Long Beach, Cisneros improved the department’s Critical Notification Guide to better inform city leaders about major police incidents. He developed and administered a 15-week Spanish Community Academy for officers to enhance trust and partnership with Latino residents who make up more than 40 percent of Long Beach’s population.
Cisneros also oversaw Long Beach’s Office of Counter Terrorism, which works to detect and deter terrorism through data analysis and cooperation with regional and federal partners.
He holds a master’s in criminal justice from Chapman University in Orange and a bachelor’s in architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Cisneros is vice president of the Orange County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, where he has been a member since 2015. He is also third vice president of the Hispanic American Police Command Officer’s Association and has been active with the group since 2013.
He also serves as governing board chair of Community Hospital of Huntington Park since 2014; as an executive committee member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids since 2015; and as a representative of the Orange County Family Violence Council since 2017.
Cisneros lives with his family in Santa Ana.