Published : Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 7:37 AM
Almost immediately after Pasadena Chief of Police Phillip L. Sanchez announced his retirement, effective April 18, it has been announced that Deputy Chief of Police John Perez will assume the role of Interim Police Chief on Monday, March 19, according to a police spokesman.
Deputy Chief Perez has a storied career in the police force. After observing the dangerous impact gangs and drugs had in his neighborhood during his childhood, he pursued a career in policing. He became a Pasadena police cadet in 1985 and was hired as an officer by the PPD two years later.
Since then, Deputy Chief Perez worked a variety of assignments to include community relations, internal affairs, gang enforcement and undercover narcotics. He worked in Special Enforcement Section for over six years with a team of specially trained officers focused on gangs, drugs and youth violence, while also serving on the city’s SWAT team. It was there he was credited with establishing a variety of policing initiatives that led to a reduction in community complaints while improving relationships with neighborhoods the officers served.
Immediately after 9/11, Deputy Chief Perez was appointed as the police department’s Counter Terrorism Liaison and implemented several homeland security and safety initiatives that continue to serve as models today.
In 2006, he served in the capacity of commander and led the Strategic Services and Field Operations Division. Today, he also serves as the commander for the Criminal Investigations Division.
Most recently, Deputy Chief Perez organized Latino pastors who now meet regularly to discuss neighborhood issues and to ensure the Latino community’s accessibility to the police department. In 2008, members of this coalition became the first Latino pastors to become part of the department’s chaplain program.
Deputy Chief Perez has been awarded a commendation from the city of Pasadena for the Villa Parke Project, the community policing initiative which became widely known for its focus on establishing community partners to improve safety and reduce violence. He has also received a departmental commendation for his efforts as the Counter Terrorism Liaison and has twice been awarded the Chief’s Special Award of Excellence.
Deputy Chief Perez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Behavioral Science and is currently a Doctoral candidate in the field of education.