Chief Bryan Roberts (Ret.)

Bryan Roberts is the former chief of the Draper (UT) Police Department, having served in that capacity from 2012 – 2017.  Prior to Draper, Chief Roberts served 26 years in California law enforcement with his last tenure as the chief of the Menlo Park Police Department in the San Francisco Bay area.

Chief Roberts began his career at the Ventura (CA) Police Department where he spent 19 years.  He worked all faucets of the department including 17 years with the Special Weapons and Tactics team and three years as the team commander.  While at Ventura, Chief Roberts managed the Gang Violence Suppression (GVS) collaborative.  During his tenure, gang violence was reduced by 25%.  The collaborative was recognized as the Boys and Girls Club of America youth program of the year in 2005.

From 2006 to 2010, Chief Roberts served as the second in command at the newly established Citrus Heights (CA) Police Department.  Bryan was a key executive that transitioned the city from contract services provided by the sheriff’s office to a standalone municipal police department serving a city of 85,000 residents.  Bryan implemented the CompStat model which resulted in significant crime reduction including a 50% decrease in auto theft.  Chief Roberts oversaw the community policing efforts that were recognized by the state.  He also established the department’s SWAT team over an 18-month period.

As chief of police at the Menlo Park Police Department, Chief Roberts increased officer productivity by 60%.  Several programs were implemented to include; non-sworn community service officers, a volunteer program, social media outreach, and web based crime data reporting.

Bryan received his MA in Public Administration from California State University Northridge and a second MA from the Naval Postgraduate School in Security Studies.  He revived his BA degree in Business Management from Azusa Pacific University.  Bryan is a graduate of California POST Command College and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute of Policing.  Bryan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Utah Chiefs of Police Association.

Chief Roberts can be reached directly at: broberts@policefoundation.org

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