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Bernie Colon, MPA

Assistant Chief of Police, San Diego Police Department

Bernie Colon, MPA

Chief Colon has over 34 years of experience with the San Diego Police Department, 28 of which have been as a supervisor. In 2021 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief, with oversight of the Neighborhood Policing Division. During his time with the San Diego PD he has held more than 20 different assignments in patrol, investigations and administrative jobs throughout the department.

Chief Colon earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s in Public Administration and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 265. He has extensive teaching experience both on-campus and online since 2003, as well as teaching at the Regional Training Academy since 1996.

Chief Colon grew up in the Chicago area and moved to San Diego after high school to attend college. He is married and has 5 kids as part of a blended family. He stays busy with work and family but really enjoys teaching and hearing different perspectives in each class.

Capt. Tim Gately, Redmond Police Department
MS-LEPSL Alumnus


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