Chief Andrew Bidou was appointed the Chief of the Vallejo (CA) Police Department in 2014. Prior to Vallejo, Chief Bidou served 25 years in policing with his last position as the Benicia (CA) Police Chief. Chief Bidou, began his career in the City of Newark (CA) where he rose from the ranks of Police Officer to Captain. As a police officer, Chief Bidou achieved broad experience in all aspects of police work, including assignments in patrol, SWAT, K9, gang enforcement, narcotics, detective, range master, and field training officer. As an administrator and Police Chief, he is credited with implementing a highly effective Community Policing Program, creating and implementing the Benicia Policing Strategy, a process utilizing resource management, crime analysis and problem solving to address crime and quality of life issues which resulted in three consecutive years of historically low crime rates and improved citizen satisfaction. He is also recognized for improving the training and selection standards for civilian and sworn staff, as well as increasing professionalism and diversity. Chief Bidou is widely recognized for his commitment to outreach and engagement, and developing a strong relationship between the police department and all segments of his community.
Chief Bidou earned his Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary’s College, a Masters of Public Administration from Golden Gate University, a Masters Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University, and a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police held at Boston University, the FBI National Academy, and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program held at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Chief Bidou is currently a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the California Police Chiefs Association.