Robert Jonsen is a 27-year law enforcement veteran. Chief Jonsen's career began with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 1986. After graduating from the Sheriff's Training Academy as a Deputy Sheriff, he worked assignments in custody, patrol, gangs, and at the Department's Training Bureau. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and after working as a patrol supervisor, was selected as the Assistant Coordinator of the Regional Community Policing Institute of Los Angeles, which provided law enforcement training throughout a six county region in southern California.
In 2004, Chief Jonsen was promoted to Lieutenant and ultimately oversaw the Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative, a crime reduction and community engagement program which was the recipient of the 'James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing' in 2010. In 2011, Chief Jonsen was promoted to Captain and took command of Lancaster Station, where he worked until being selected as Menlo Park's new Police Chief.
Chief Jonsen holds a bachelor of science degree from California State University - Long Beach, and a masters of arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. Chief Jonsen has relocated back (he was born and raised in the Bay Area) to northern California with his wife Kristie. Bob and Kristie have 4 grown children and 2 granddaughters.
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