Chief of Police
Tustin Police Department
Chief Charles Celano is a 22 year veteran of the Tustin Police Department and has worked his way up through the ranks to the position of Chief of Police. Over the course of his career, Chief Celano has worked a variety of assignments, including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Street Narcotics/Vice Detective, Orange County RNSP Detective, Gang Unit Sergeant, Patrol Area Commander and the Captain in charge of each of the two Bureaus, Community Policing and Administrative Services.
During his tenure, Chief Celano has contributed to the introduction of the Area Command system of policing, the creation and implementation of two Strategic Plans, and the creation of the award-winning Neighborhood Improvement Task Force. In addition, Chief Celano oversaw the arduous process of receiving national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (C.A.L.E.A.) Tustin Police Department was only the 3rd agency in Orange County and the 11th agency in the State of California to receive such a distinguished honor.
Chief Celano possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Studies from the California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Arts in Business Management from the University of Redlands. Recently, Chief Celano partnered with a clinical psychologist and expert in working with the mentally ill to create a four-hour workshop for police officers, dispatchers and other first responders in interacting effectively and communicating with the mentally ill. This training has received high praise since its inception in late 2011 and has been given to over 1000 first responders throughout Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties.