Command Staff

Jorge Cisneros

Chief Jorge Cisneros

Jorge Cisneros is the 36th chief of the Anaheim Police Department.

Chief Cisneros leads Orange County’s largest city police department and oversees nearly 600 employees, including more than 400 sworn personnel.

He plays a leading role connecting the Anaheim Police Department to the community it serves by working with the Chief's Advisory Board, Chief's Neighborhood Advisory Council and the Chief's Youth Advisory Council on issues of public safety and quality of life in Anaheim.

Cisneros assumed the chief's role in August 2018. He has more than 25 years of experience, including nearly a decade serving as a police chief.

Before coming to the Anaheim Police Department, Cisneros served as chief of the University of California, Irvine, Police Department from 2015 to 2018.

At UC Irvine, he led a force of 90 sworn officers, community service officers and staff. Cisneros also 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.

From 2010 to 2015, Cisneros served as chief of the Huntington Park Police Department in the county of Los Angeles. He also served as Huntington Park’s acting city manager from 2010 to 2011.

Cisneros began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a detective and police officer with the Long Beach Police Department.

In Long Beach, he was promoted to sergeant in 1998, lieutenant in 2003 and police commander in 2006. From 2006 to 2010, he served as the department’s chief of staff and commander.

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.

Since 2015, Cisneros has served as a member of the Orange County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association. He is also third vice president of the Hispanic American Police Command Officer’s Association and has been active with the group since 2013.
Rick Armendariz

Deputy Chief Rick Armendariz

Rick Armendariz comes to us from the Modesto Police Department where he served for 24 years, most recently as Assistant Police Chief.  In Addition, the last two years, Rick served a dual role as Interim Deputy City Manager for the City of Modesto. 
At the age of 23, Rick was hired with the Modesto Police Department and started his law enforcement career as a Police Officer, before promoting to Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and finally Assistant Police Chief. During his time at the Modesto Police Department, Rick worked many areas within the organization to include patrol, gangs, crimes against children, violent crimes, internal affairs and public/media relations. He was also the commander for the Crisis Response Unit (SWAT), K9 Unit and an FBI Safe Streets task force.

As a Captain and Assistant Chief, Rick worked closely with Modesto Chief Galen Carroll to help transform the organization to become more community-engaged and intelligence-led in their efforts of reducing crime and improving the quality of life. Re-establishing Area Commands, creating cadet positions (part-time city rangers), building a Real-Time Crime Center, implementing Predictive Policing software, developing crime intelligence meetings, and expanding the roles of crime analysts.
Rick is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, as well as, a graduate of the Senior Management Institution from Boston University. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University Long Beach and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University.
Rick remains active in the public safety profession by serving as a Board Member for the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) and as a Regional Chair for the California Police Officers Association (CPOA). He was also very involved in the community and has volunteered at various organizations.
Jarret Young

Capt. Jarret Young

Capt. Jarret Young has served with the Anaheim Police Department his entire career, starting as a police cadet in 1990.

Young was hired as a police officer in 1993. As a police officer he has been assigned to patrol, the Bike Team, the Field Training Officer Program, Community Policing Team, Gang Enforcement Unit and also served as a drug recognition expert instructor.

In 2005, Young was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division and Personnel Detail. He also became a supervisor on the Primary Response Team.

In 2010, Young was promoted to lieutenant. He served as a patrol watch commander, Internal Affairs Bureau commander, Patrol District commander and as a Special Tactics Detail commander.

Young was promoted to captain in 2012.

Young has a master’s in criminal justice from Chapman University and a bachelor’s in public administration from the University of La Verne. He is also a graduate of the Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Leadership in Police Organizations course, and the FBI National Academy Session 269.

Hale, Frank

Capt. Frank Hale

Captain Frank Hale was promoted in 2019 and commands the Operations Support Division, which includes Resort Policing, Youth Services, Traffic, Detention Facility, and Emergency Management.  He is also the Tactical Response Group (SWAT) Commander.  Captain Hale brings 23 years of policing experience to the position, including three years with the Los Angeles Police Department where he began his career in 1996.

Prior to his promotion to captain, he was a lieutenant for seven years spending time as a patrol Watch Commander, and the Bureau Commander in Internal Affairs, Crimes Against Persons, and Community Policing.  As a sergeant between 2007 and 2012, Hale worked in patrol, and the Professional Standards Bureau where he was instrumental in developing the Force Analysis System used to track use of force incidents by APD personnel.  As a sergeant, Hale held ancillary assignments as a backup Public Information Officer and a supervisor for the Primary Response Officer team.

Hale was hired as a police officer with APD in 1999 and worked as a patrol officer, Primary Response Team officer, Community Policing Team officer, and investigator in the Crime Task Force.  While with LAPD he was assigned to patrol and the gang detail.

Hale earned a master’s degree in law enforcement and public safety leadership from the University of San Diego, and a bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University.  He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, Command College, and Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.

Craig Friesen

Capt. Craig Friesen

Captain Craig Friesen was promoted to captain in 2019.

From 2014 through 2019, Friesen served as a lieutenant and was assigned as a Patrol Watch Commander, Field Training Commander, Vice, Narcotics, and Criminal Intelligence Commander, District Commander, and Professional Standards Bureau Commander.

In 2006, Friesen was promoted to sergeant and was assigned to the Patrol Division, Street Narcotics Unit, Vice Detail, and the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.  Between 1999 and 2006, Friesen was a police officer and worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, the bike team, SWAT, and the Gang Enforcement Unit.

Prior to his time with APD, Friesen served with the Inglewood Police Department as a police cadet and later as a police officer, where he was assigned as a patrol officer, bicycle patrol team, field training officer, SWAT, and the Anti-Crime Team.

Friesen has a master’s in criminal justice from California Coast University and a bachelor’s in occupational studies from California State University, Long Beach. He is also a graduate of the Supervisory Leadership Institute and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Class #276.

Capt Trapp, Eric

Capt. Eric Trapp

Captain Eric Trapp was born and raised in Newport Beach. At an early age, he was interested in law enforcement, and while in high school, he joined the Newport Beach Police Explorer program, eventually rising to the rank of Post Captain.  

In college, Eric was offered the opportunity to intern in the Anaheim Police Department's newly formed "Volunteers in Service to Anaheim" (VISTA) program and became the group's first volunteer.  After working in the Community Services and Gang Units, he was hired in 1995 as a police recruit and attended Orange County Sheriff's Academy class 124.  After completing field training, he worked as a Primary Response Officer, Field Training Officer, Explorer Advisor, and was a member of the SWAT team.  He was an original member of the Resort Policing Team and served as a Detective in both the Tourist Oriented Policing and Family Crimes Details, where he earned his distinction as a certified Child Abuse Investigator from the POST Institute of Criminal Investigation.  Eric also served as an Advisory Committee Member for the North Orange County Regional Occupation Program and as an instructor for the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Advanced Officer Training Program.
In February 2006, Eric was promoted to Sergeant, where he supervised Patrol operations, was a Detective Sergeant in the Family Crimes Detail, an Internal Affairs Investigator, and served as the Operations Division's Executive Officer.  During his tenure as a sergeant, he also worked as a Public Information Officer, the administrator of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, as the Department lead on the Anaheim GardenWalk project, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation.
Eric was promoted to Lieutenant in June 2012 and was assigned as a District Commander, where he spearheaded the "Coffee with a Cop" and "Renew West Anaheim" programs.  After serving as a Watch Commander, he assumed command of the Gang Intervention and Suppression Unit, where he collaborated with other City departments, non-profits, and the Anaheim City School District on the Public Safety Pipeline curriculum.  Eric worked as the Public Safety Public Information Officer and the Crimes Property Section Commander before running the Personnel & Training Section and has also served as the Commander of the Anaheim Resort and Youth Services Sections. Eric's ancillary duties as a lieutenant have included serving as the Executive Officer and Commander of the Tactical Response Group and as a Major Incident Review Team investigator.

A resourceful law enforcement professional with a proven track record of achieving excellence by providing leadership and guidance to high-performance teams while building positive relations with local communities, Eric was promoted to Captain in December 2020. 

Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the California State University at Long Beach and a Master of Science in Leadership & Management from the University of LaVerne. He is a graduate of the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute Class 253, the 79th session of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, and has studied at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.