Commander Chris G. Vallejo is a 26-year veteran of the Austin Police Department and oversees the Northwest Area Patrol Command. He is excited about implementing evidence-based practices to address crime and measure community sentiment and organizational effectiveness. Chris serves as a National Police Foundation Policing Executive Fellow, is an NIJ LEADS Scholar, a board member with the Texas Justice Initiative, and is a Police Advisor to Measure, an Austin-based community research and advocacy group.
Chris is an avid student of leadership, evidence-based policing, performance-management systems, police officer health and well-being, and 21st-century policing principles. Chris holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science from Midwestern State University with concentrations in constitutional law and political science with Summa Cum Laude honors. He is currently pursuing a master’s in criminal justice at Texas State University.