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Press Release

San Jose Police Chief Selected as Tracy's New Chief of Police

Posted: Oct 28, 2015
Location: Tracy, Calif.

Following a competitive four month national recruitment, the City of Tracy is pleased to announce the selection of its new Chief of Police, current San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel. Esquivel, 53, comes to the City of Tracy with more than 30 years of law enforcement experience with the City of San Jose. Esquivel will replace Tracy Police Chief and Public Safety Director, Gary Hampton, who announced his retirement in April 2015.

"Chief Hampton has served the City exceptionally well and we are fortunate to have Chief Esquivel serve as Tracy’s new Police Chief ’” stated Tracy City Manager, Troy Brown. “I am certain he will bring the same level of dedication and leadership to the City of Tracy as he did in San Jose.”

While serving as San Jose’s Police Chief, Esquivel led a department of nearly 1,000 officers, reduced crime levels and championed efforts to tackle gang activity. Throughout his tenure, he has demonstrated a deep involvement in civic activities and community policing efforts. Esquivel is an advocate of progressive public safety strategies and professional development, and looks forward to promoting Tracy as a safe community to live, work and play.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity, and look forward to continuing efforts to engage the community and help it grow,” stated Police Chief Esquivel.  

Esquivel began his career in 1984 as a Police Reserve Officer for the City of San Jose. He was later sworn in as a Police Officer in 1986 where he gained experience working in patrol, narcotics enforcement, and covert investigations. He was later promoted to Sergeant in 1997, Lieutenant in 2005, and Captain in 2010.  In February 2012, Esquivel was promoted to Deputy Chief, and one year later, assumed the role of Acting Chief of Police upon the retirement of former San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore. Esquivel was then officially appointed as San Jose’s Chief of Police on December 10, 2013.

Esquivel received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University in 1993 and has received numerous awards and certificates of recognition throughout his career for his leadership in public safety. He will begin his duties as Tracy’s Chief of Police on February 1, 2016, pending completion of pre‐employment requisites as required by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training.

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