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Anaheim Police Department History: 2010



When Chief Baker announced his pending retirement, City Manager Dave Morgan and the City Council began their nation-wide search for his replacement. Many well qualified candidates applied for this highly sought after position. On February 19, 2004, City Manager Dave Morgan announced that San Diego's Executive Assistant Chief of Police John A. Welter had been selected to serve as the 31st leader of the Anaheim Police Department

John Welter was sworn in as Anaheim's Chief of Police on March 22, 2004. For the first time in the history of this department, the Oath of Office was administered to a Police Chief in the Police Department Training Auditorium rather than at City Hall. City Clerk Sheryl Schroeder administered the oath to Chief Welter in front of an overflow crowd of family, friends, associates and well-wishers. Chief Welter came to Anaheim with 32 years of law enforcement experience, having served the San Diego Police Department since 1971.

Chief Welter immediately began meeting everyone in the organization and throughout the city. It is not unusual to see him drop in on daily briefing sessions or individual work stations. In order to better understand the organization, he would visit the Communications Center and begin dispatching units and join patrol officers as they responded to calls for service. He also immediately implemented an open door meeting policy in order to meet the Anaheim residents and business members, listening to their concerns and learning about issue they consider important.

After a full assessment of the organization, Chief Welter began implementing many of his ideas and philosophies, including the implementation of Problem Oriented Policing. Chief Welter's plans also include an increased participation of community members and volunteers, the development of a complete crime analysis unit, the implementation of a Family Justice Center, increasing membership in our Chaplain Corps, and adding additional officers in order to provide the best level of service and response times to the Anaheim Community. As we enter this new era of law enforcement, the Anaheim Police Department is working to become the model for Problem Oriented Policing, working to become a leader in homeland security defense and striving to ensure that Anaheim becomes the safest place to live and work. Chief Welter retired from the profession of policing on May 16, 2013.


On May 17, 2013 Deputy Chief Raul Quezada was named Interim Chief of Police. He will serve until a permanent Chief is appointed.