Interim Chief of Police
Interim Chief of Police Carlos Rojas has been with the Santa Ana Police Department over 23 years. He has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University and a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach. Chief Rojas has served as the Deputy Chief of both the Field Operations Bureau and the Administration Bureau. He has also served as a watch commander, district commander and the commander of the Homeland Security Division. Chief Rojas developed the Homeland Security Division of the Santa Ana Police Department after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. He has also worked diverse assignments including International Money Laundering, Major Narcotics, Internal Affairs, Media Relations, Homeland Security and Field Operations. Chief Rojas is a Medal of Valor recipient from the United States Customs Service, Santa Ana Police Department and the Federal Bar Association. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 233, the WestPoint Leadership Program and the USC-CREATE Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism. Chief Rojas has also served in an international capacity training the Panamanian, Guatemalan and Salvadoran National Police Forces on community policing in collaboration with the International City and County Administrators Association.