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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Police Chief Galen Carroll Retiring

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Today Chief Galen Carroll announced his plan to retire from the Modesto Police Department (MPD) on December 25, 2020.  Chief Carroll started with the Police Department in January 2013.

During his tenure at MPD, part 1 crimes decreased 24% from 11,693 in 2013 to 8,954 in 2019; part 1 crimes include murder, manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson.  

Chief Carroll built the Real Time Crime Center and implemented an Intelligence Led Policing Strategy to put the city's limited resources in hot crime areas to have the biggest impact.  He established the Modesto Police Clergy Council to help forge and strengthen relationships with our community, and developed a culture of transparency with the public.  Chief Carroll also re-implemented Area Commands and town hall meetings, and worked to strengthen relationships throughout the city.

"Chief Carroll has been relentless in his support of all that we stand for in Modesto, and we owe a great deal of gratitude to him for his contributions in and out of the uniform," said City Manager Joe Lopez. "Our city is safer and more resilient because of Galen's leadership, and I'm proud of his accomplishments in building so many strong bridges throughout this community."

To view a personal message from Chief Carroll, click here.

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