Office of the Chief of Police

Police Chief Chief of Police
Carlos Rojas

On May 6th, 2014, Chief Rojas was appointed as the 20th Police Chief for the city of Santa Ana.  He will oversee a police department of almost 600 employees who serve Santa Ana’s residents and businesses.

Chief Rojas began his career as a patrol officer in January 1990 and rose through the ranks of the Santa Ana Police Department.  Over the years, he has served in numerous capacities at the rank of corporal, sergeant, commander and deputy chief.   Chief Rojas developed the Homeland Security Division of the Santa Ana Police Department after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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 also 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 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.

Chief Rojas has a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University and a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach.