Lieutenant Chris Vallejo

Chris G. Vallejo has served in the Austin Police Department for 24 years and is currently a Police Lieutenant. Chris holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science from Midwestern State University. Chris graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors and concentrations in constitutional law and political science. Chris is a board member of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing and is the newly designated Texas Regional Chair.

Chris currently serves as the Executive Lieutenant to the Chief of Police and assists with the day-to-day operations of an agency that consists of 1900 sworn personnel and 700 civilians. However, Chris’ passion is for leading the men and women on patrol. Having spent 17 of his 24 years in a patrol function, he is excited about implementing evidence-based practices to better equip Austin employees (command staff, civilian staff, and officers) to prevent crime and operate more effectively and efficiently. The Austin Police Department is in a transitional period, implementing a new and more formalized community policing program that encompasses all aspects of the department’s operations. Chris’ responsibility as the Executive Lieutenant includes assisting the Chief with aligning the department’s new community policing model with the department’s Compstat and evidence-based practices. Chris is an avid student of leadership, mentoring, and evidence-based policing. During his off-duty time, he enjoys reading, fitness, tactical shooting and training.

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