POST Director

Director Pete Dunbar

POST Director Pete Dunbar

Pete Dunbar started with the Oakland Police Department in 1982.  He worked as an officer in Patrol and Special Operations until his promotion to Sergeant in 1987. As a sergeant, he worked in Investigation and Patrol.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1991 where he worked in Training and Patrol.  He was promoted to Captain in 1996 where he oversaw Investigations and worked in Patrol.  In 1999, he was appointed as a Deputy Chief, where he was assigned to Field Operations and Services.  In February of 2006, he was appointed as Chief of Police of the Pleasant Hill Police Department.

He has taught in the California POST Basic and Reserve academies as well as an in-service instruct in criminal law, search and seizure, administration of justice, critical incident management, legal update, ethics, strategic and succession planning.  He has been a member of the California POST Subject Matter Expert (SME) committees for criminal law, search and seizure, emergency management and domestic terrorism.

Pete served as the 2nd Vice President and the Training Chair for the California Police Chiefs Association.   He served as a Commissioner for the California Commission for the Fair Administration of Justice.

Pete received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Santa Clara in 1982.  He received a Master of Arts Degree in Education from San Diego State University in 2002. He is also a graduate of the California POST Command College and from the California POST Master Instructor Development Program.

Pete has been involved with the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, a program that raises awareness and funds for Special Olympics.


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