Chief Norris

David Norris joined the Menlo Park team on April 12, 2021, from San Mateo, California, where he served since 1993, having worked his way up the ranks from police service aide to police officer, police sergeant, police lieutenant and police captain. During his six years as police captain, Norris also served as San Mateo’s acting/interim police chief for periods from 2019-2020.

During his tenure in San Mateo, Norris managed multiple high-profile cases and coached many local law enforcement personnel though professional development and promotions. His work also involved the development of a comprehensive youth services unit. Norris formed the department’s first community and media relations unit, and over the past 10 years supported and developed San Mateo PD’s leading-edge community engagement strategy. 

In addition to his 27 years of local law enforcement, Norris is well known for his work in media and community relations. He was a co-founder of the Bay Area Law Enforcement Social Media Group and presented to regional, state and national events. He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), currently serving on the Police Professional Standards, Ethics and Image Committee (PPSEI), an international team of subject matter experts working on revising the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and creating scalable community engagement tools for police agencies of all sizes.

Norris holds a master's degree in law enforcement and public safety leadership from the University of San Diego, and a bachelor's degree in human performance from St. Mary's College (CA).