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S A L U D O S H I S P A N O S Edgardo “Eddie” Garcia was appointed as San José Police Chief on March 1, 2016. Chief Garcia was Interim Police Chief following the retirement of Chief Larry Esquivel in January 2016. He began working in the San José Police Department in 1992, and became Assistant Chief in January 2013. During his career, Chief Garcia has worked in the Patrol Division, Narcotics Enforcement, and Special Operations/MERGE. As sergeant he worked as a night detective and homicide investigator; as lieutenant he commanded the Community Services Division and the Vice and Criminal Intelligence Units in Special Investigations; and as captain he served as commander of the Bureau of Field Operations/Central Division and Bureau of Investigations. Chief Garcia was born in Puerto Rico and at a young age moved with his family to San José where he was raised. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. “I am honored to lead the men and women of our department as we strive to become one of the best police departments in the nation,” said Chief Garcia. “Our Department is driven by its mission to promote public safety, prevent crimes, and to build strong community partnerships.” One of Chief Garcia’s top priorities is recruitment, both to strengthen the Department and to reflect the diversity of San José residents. “The diversity of our community and our Department are an important asset for the success and safety of San José,” said Garcia. “We’re actively looking for dedicated and talented people to join SJPD to help us achieve our mission.” SJPD is now hiring. There are over 50 specialized units in the San José Police Department offering outstanding opportunities for career growth and development. Go to for more information. Edgardo (Eddie ) Garcia Chief of Police San José Police Department