Bernie Colon, MPA

Assistant Chief, San Diego Police Department

Bernie Colon, MPA

Bernie Colon has worked with the San Diego Police Department since 1989. In 2021 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief, with oversight of the Neighborhood Policing Division. In that role, he has responsibility for addressing the city’s homelessness issues through outreach and enforcement. Prior to his promotion, he served as Captain of the Investigations 1 Division which includes  Narcotics, Narcotics Task Force, Sex Crimes, Sex Registrants Unit, Child Abuse, Internet Crimes Against Children, Vice, Human Trafficking and the Domestic Violence Unit.

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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