Jarrod Burguan, Chief of Police, City of San Bernardino

Panelist: Response: Lessons Learned from San Bernardino

Chief Jarrod Burguan has been with the San Bernardino Police Department since January 1992 and has been serving as the City’s Police Chief since December 2013. Throughout his career and rising through the ranks, he has worked in, supervised, or managed units in every division of the Department.

On December 2, 2015, San Bernardino was the site of a mass shooting that was classified as a terrorist act. The crime garnered worldwide media interest as it was determined to be the largest terrorist inspired act on United States soil since the attacks of September 11, 2001.  14 people were killed and 22 were wounded.  Within hours, members of the San Bernardino Police Department located the attackers and the world watched as local law enforcement engaged the attackers in a gun battle that wounded two officers and killed both suspects.  Chief Burguan has been recognized for his leadership in that incident and for his ability to communicate information to the public in the many press conferences associated with the investigation and local response.

Chief Burguan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Redlands. He is a graduate of the POST California Command College and the Senior Management Institute for Police held at Boston University through the Police Executive Research Forum.  Chief Burguan is a past president of the San Bernardino County Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association.  He is also a member of the California Police Officers Association, the California Police Chief’s Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Police Executive Research Forum.