Office of the Chief of Police
Acting Chief of Police
Acting Chief James Schnabl began his law enforcement career in 1985 and was elevated to Acting Chief in April, 2017. He also commands the Administration Bureau, including the Department’s Training Division. His previous command experience includes Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.), Field Operations and Investigations. Additionally, he was the Commander of a multiagency task force, the Regional Narcotics Suppression Program (RNSP). As an officer, detective and sergeant, Jim has held positions in Directed Patrol, Field Training, S.W.A.T., Narcotics and Crimes Against Persons (CAP). During his ten years as a narcotics investigator, Jim worked for six years undercover and flew surveillance aircraft for an additional 4 years, logging over 1,800 flight hours. Acting Chief Schnabl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne and a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI Class 209), the California Peace Officers Standards in Training (P.O.S.T.) Command College (Class 49) and the FBI National Academy (Class 254). Jim’s Command College article, Reinventing the Police Report for the 21st Century: Are Video Police Reports the Answer? was published in Police Chief Magazine (September 2012).
Acting Chief Schnabls' Executive Officer, Commander Jose Gonzalez, handles a variety of special projects for the Chief and also oversees the Public Information Officer, Professional Standards (Internal Affairs), and the Honor Guard. Professional Standards is staffed by four police sergeants, a police corporal, and two part-time office assistants. This unit is responsible for investigating allegations of employee misconduct, officer-involved shootings, in-custody deaths, as well as conducting organizational audits and representing the Department in providing records during court hearings. The Honor Guard is voluntary assignment of members who represent the Department at funerals and other public functions.
The Public Information Officer (PIO), Corporal Anthony Bertagna, is responsible for providing timely and transparent information to the media and members of the public concerning police matters. By actively utilizing social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Nixle, and Instagram, the Department has increased its ability to efficiently provide the public with information concerning public safety matters.
The Police Legal Advisor, Tamara Bogosian, is a Santa Ana Assistant City Attorney who is assigned full-time to provide legal advice to the Chief of Police and the entire Department. In addition, the Police Legal Advisor often represents the Department in litigation and other legal functions pertaining to police and public safety matters.
The Office of the Chief also processes numerous permits for a variety of establishments throughout the city, including: alarm, massage, firearms dealer, bingo, pool/billiards, and other permits. To accomplish this, along with the numerous other administrative tasks required of the Office of the Chief, a Police Investigative Specialist and two part-time clerical aides work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure professional and responsible service.