Commander Rich Struckman began his life in public service in 1984, serving in the United States Army. While earning an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from City College of San Francisco, he was inspired to pursue a career in law enforcement by one of his professors, who was also a San Francisco police officer. In 1990, Commander Struckman joined the San Francisco Police Department where he served with distinction for 27 years.
Commander Struckman enjoyed a rewarding career with SFPD. Over the course of his career, he served at the ranks of Officer, Sergeant, Inspector, Lieutenant and Captain. In addition to multiple Patrol and Investigative assignments, Commander Struckman had a diverse work history which included, commanding the Narcotics Division, serving as a Federal Task Force Agent with the DEA and US Customs Service, working as a labor representative for the SFPOA, teaching for over a decade at the San Francisco Police Academy and Night Captain, overseeing citywide operations. Commander Struckman finished his career as the Commanding Officer of the Staff Services Division, where he served as the department’s Chief Personnel Officer until his retirement in 2017.
In addition to his regular job duties, Commander Struckman also participated in several community engagement programs. His personal favorites include the summers he spent with the San Francisco Youth Fishing Program and his annual visits to the VA Hospital with the members of American Legion Post 456. Commander Struckman continues to have a passion for assisting the elderly who he says, “often times have no one else to lean on”. To this day Commander Struckman stays motivated by continuously drawing inspiration from the men and women he serves with, “whose dedication and creativity serving our citizens”, never ceases to amaze him. Commander Struckman views interpersonal communication as the most essential skill set today’s law enforcement officers must possess, whether engaging with the community or enforcing the law.
Commander Struckman holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College of California, Bachelor of Art degree in Law Enforcement Management from San Francisco State University and an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from City College of San Francisco. He is also a graduate of the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police and Leadership San Francisco, class of 2017.
Rich was raised in San Francisco and has been a long time resident of San Mateo County, where he resides with his family. During his time off he enjoys walking his dog, hiking and biking along the San Mateo County Coast and playing guitar.