ANAHEIM, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2017) — Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada is retiring effective Monday.
Quezada, Anaheim’s first Latino chief, was appointed interim chief in May 2013 and appointed chief in December 2013. He leaves after building and strengthening the department’s ties with Anaheim’s neighborhoods, businesses and visitors.
“Raul’s leadership was instrumental in rebuilding trusting relationships in many or our priority neighborhoods, leading the Orange County Register to recognize him as one of the county’s 50 most influential people,” Mayor Tom Tait said. “He has overseen critical cultural and operational changes that have brought the department closer to those it serves, and I thank him for his service to Anaheim.”
With Quezada’s retirement, Deputy Chief Julian Harvey has been appointed acting chief. A recruitment for a new chief is expected to begin in the near future.
As chief, Quezada oversaw significant cultural and operational changes at the Anaheim Police Department.
In 2014, the department became the first agency in Orange County to equip officers with body-worn cameras with full camera training and deployment completed in April 2015.
In 2015, Quezada created the Chief’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, made up of residents from 22 neighborhoods throughout the city. The council works to better connect police with residents and work with them on issues in their neighborhoods.
In 2017, the department initiated a program to add cameras to Anaheim’s parks with the first set to be active by year’s end.
Under Quezada, the department also partnered with community groups to provide services to end homelessness and shifted focus to arresting human traffickers instead of prostitutes, who many times are victims. Both programs were heralded by the FBI as national models.
Working with Mayor Tait, Quezada helped start Drug Free Anaheim, a program that allows those struggling with drug addiction to seek help from any Anaheim Police officer. Since January, 173 people have taken part in Drug Free Anaheim.
“I’m proud of the non-traditional community engagement methods used to help us identify crime trends, maintain our outstanding safety record, improve the way of life in Anaheim and positively influence the next generation of residents,” Quezada said.
Quezada first joined the Anaheim Police Department as an officer in 1996, coming from the Los Angeles Police Department.