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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Heather Graves, (209) 652-0514
Release Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 11:30:00 AM

Modesto Police Lieutenant Accepts Chief Position in Placerville


Release Date: August 28, 2013 

Modesto Police Department

Media Relations

Office of the Chief of Police

600 10th Street, Modesto, Ca. 95354

Author: Heather Graves


Modesto Police Lieutenant Accepts Chief Position in Placerville


Modesto, CA- On September 10, 2013, Modesto Police Lieutenant Scott Heller will be sworn in as the Chief of Police for the City of Placerville.  

During his 17-year career with Modesto Police Department, Lieutenant Heller has held numerous assignments including Patrol, Tactical Patrol Unit, Robbery/Homicide, SDEA Task Force Sergeant, SWAT Sergeant, Commander of the Gang and Narcotics Units and Assistant Investigative Services Division Commander.  Lieutenant Heller has a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California State University Stanislaus.  He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and the International Association of Chiefs of Police “Leadership in Police Organizations” program.  Prior to starting his Law Enforcement career at Modesto Police Department, Lieutenant Heller served in the Air Force.

“While I’m excited to begin this new chapter in my career, it is difficult to leave the law enforcement agency I grew up in.  My law enforcement career began with the Modesto Police Department on January 2, 1997.  I have been blessed during my tenure in service to the City of Modesto.  The Modesto Police Department and its staff will always occupy a central place in my heart,” said Lieutenant Heller. 

“Scott is a highly valued member of the Modesto Police Department Command Staff and will be greatly missed. The recent loss of two top members of our Command Staff in the past month is a testament to the leadership skills and abilities possessed by members of the Modesto Police Department. We are proud of Scott and I am positive he will do a great job for the City of Placerville,” said Modesto Police Chief Galen Carroll.

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