Commander Gina Anderson leads the Patrol Services Division. Commander Anderson’s track record in her 21 years of law enforcement is exceptional. Prior to joining CHPD, Commander Anderson distinguished herself at the Davis Police Department. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of the Pacific, and also earned a Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law; she is licensed by the California State Bar Association. As well, she is a graduate of the 219th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Commander Anderson’s leadership and efforts in the development and operation of CHPD have been essential to our department’s success.
Setting the Bar High
From the moment she joined CHPD as a Lieutenant, Commander Anderson set the bar high. Over the course of her career at CHPD, in both Patrol and Investigations, she has demonstrated leadership and competency in problem solving, community involvement, program development and risk management. She has proficiently and skillfully managed a number of critical incidents, as well as both criminal and administrative investigations.
As a result of her specialized skill set, she was chosen to create and implement CHPD’s Professional Standards and Training Unit, where her responsibilities included coordinating the Department’s hiring and training, developing policies and procedures auditing police performance and managing the Department’s response to claims, lawsuits and other high liability events. She went on to lead the Special Operations Unit, where she oversaw the operations of the Traffic Unit, Problem-Oriented Policing Unit, and the Police Department’s response to large scale special events.
Commander Anderson supports 4 lieutenants, 10 sergeants, and 52 officers. The Patrol Services Division includes Traffic, K-9, Problem Oriented Policing (POP), Bicycle Patrol, and SWAT. Patrol Services is also responsible for the Department’s highly successful crime reduction model - Crime and Traffic in Citrus Heights (CATCH). Ingrained in the department philosophy is a value of community-oriented policing that promotes neighborhood-based problem solving, collaborative partnerships with businesses, innovative community programs, and superior customer service. Along with her duties here at the Police Department, Commander Anderson serves on the Board of Directors for the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce.