John Cregan, MS
John Cregan has more than twenty years of law enforcement experience and serves as a Police Captain with the Santa Rosa Police Department. He began his law enforcement career in July of 1999. Capt. Cregan manages the Field Services Division which includes the Patrol Bureau, Traffic Bureau, Downtown Enforcement Team, Community Service Officers, Field Evidence Technicians, S.W.A.T. Team, and the Hostage Negotiations Team.
Capt. Cregan previously served as the lieutenant in charge of the Investigations Bureau and managed complex investigations including officer-involved shootings, homicides, and sexual assaults. He served as the lead Press Information Officer on these significant events and developed an expertise in managing press conferences and media inquiries.
As a sergeant, Cregan oversaw the department’s Gang Crimes Team which investigated significant incidents of gang violence. He also managed the Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program and helped to build stronger relationships between youth in the community and the police department.
As an officer, Cregan served in a wide variety of positions including Field Training Officer, Motorcycle Officer assigned to the Traffic Division, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor, and member of the Hostage Negotiations Team. Then, he promoted to detective and served as a Gang Crimes Detective where he testified as a court recognized gang expert 26 times in three different Bay Area counties.
Capt. Cregan serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is passionate about creating long term solutions to help police officers better serve those suffering from mental illness in our communities.
Capt. Cregan holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership in addition to being a graduate of the California P.O.S.T. Command College (Class #66).