ESPD Welcomes Chief Bill Whalen
On July 3, 2017, the Police Department welcomed Bill Whalen as its new Chief of Police. Chief Whalen comes to El Segundo from the Irvine Police Department, where he built a solid background encompassing progressively responsible public safety roles, including 10+ years in management. He began his law enforcement career in 1989, as a Reserve Officer and rose through the ranks to the position of Police Commander with IPD.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the great City of El Segundo,” said Bill Whalen. “I look forward to strong partnerships within the organization and across the larger community with an unwavering resolve to serve the citizens of El Segundo in the most professional manner possible.”
ESPD Hosts Its First Community Academy
The El Segundo Police Department hosted Session 1 of its eight week Community Academy on July 6, 2017. The academy is a mix of lecture, demonstrations and hands-on activities. The sessions cover topics including K9, SWAT, CSI, investigations, DUI, officer safety and a scenario night. The goal is to improve our already close partnership with the community, explain law enforcement procedures, and help the average citizen understand what it’s like to be a police officer.
The sessions are held every Thursday evening from 6 PM to 9 PM. The Academy is open to adults, age 18 and up, who live or work In El Segundo. Keep an eye out on the ESPD Facebook and web page for the dates of our next academy class. If you have questions please e-mail Lt. Jeff Leyman at email@example.com.
Introducing El Segundo's Newest Officers
Meet new Police Officer Jeremy Glunt. He is a graduate of the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy and a local from Manhattan Beach. Jeremy played college baseball at Mt. Mercy College in Iowa and enjoys coaching young athletes in the fundamentals of baseball. Jeremy is also enlisted in the Air Force Reserves; he is an Airman E-4 and is currently stationed at March AFB as an aircraft mechanic. Jeremy is currently in the Field Training Program.
Meet new Police Officer Robert Glaza. He graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy, Class #420, on May 5, 2017. Robert played varsity basketball at Venice High School and earned his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. He enjoys playing pick-up basketball games. He is currently in the Field Training Program.