Chief Gascon's Biography

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Police Chief George Gascón assumed leadership of the San Francisco Police Department on August 7, 2009. Previously, Chief Gascón was the Chief of Police for the Mesa Police Department in Arizona for three years.


Chief Gascón was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in April 1978. He served as an officer until 1981, when he left to pursue a career in business management while volunteering his time as a reserve officer. Chief Gascón returned to law enforcement full-time in April 1987, and quickly moved through the LAPD ranks gaining experience in a variety of operational and management functions. In his final assignment before joining the Mesa Police Department, Chief Gascón served as LAPD’s Assistant Police Chief and Director over the Office of Operations in charge of patrol, detectives, aviation, special operations, and jails.


Chief Gascón is a subject matter expert in the areas of police accountability, community policing, police training, hiring practices, management, policing immigrant communities, and use of force.  He has published articles on police training, the role of local police and unauthorized immigration, CompStat, and the economic cost of policing. Chief Gascón continues to share his philosophy of legitimacy and community policing with law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Chief Gascón received a B.A. Degree in History from California State University, Long Beach, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University, College of Law. He is an active member of the California Bar Association, he graduated from the FBI’s National Executive Institute, and is a member of the Harvard University/Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety.

Chief Gascón serves on the Board of Directors of the Police Executive Research Forum. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center and on the Board of Directors of the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation.