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Chief David NisleitDavid Nisleit

David Nisleit was promoted to the City of San Diego’s 35th Chief of Police on March 2, 2018.  Chief Nisleit oversees the eighth largest police department in the nation.  He is a native San Diegan and grew up in the Rolando Community.  Chief Nisleit is a graduate of the University of Redlands, Master’s Degree in Business Management.  In December of 2014, Chief Nisleit graduated from the FBI National Academy, FBINA #258.

Chief Nisleit began his career with the San Diego Police Department in February 1988, following his father’s footsteps, retired Captain Randy Nisleit.  David has worked many of the Department's patrol commands and has extensive investigative experience.  His prior assignments include Assistant Chief of Patrol Operations, Watch Commanders Office, Headquarters Front Counter, Homeless Outreach Team, Special Operations, Investigations II (Robbery, Gangs, and Homicide), field lieutenant, SWAT, Special Events, Narcotic Team 10, Sex Crimes, and Internal Affairs.  David serves as a liaison to the Downtown Redevelopment, Crime Commission, Community Relations Officers, LEAPS, Police Historical Association, Labor Relations, Gang Commission, San Diego Police Foundation, and the Chief’s Community Advisory Board.

Chief Nisleit is a member of the San Diego County Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association, Major Cities Chief’s Association, Police Executive Research Forum, IACP, STAR/PAL, SANDAG, and the SWAT Association.  He has received numerous awards and citations throughout his career which has included a Congressional Recognition in 2008.

Chief Nisleit has assisted in the security planning for several large events in San Diego such as the Super Bowl, Comic-Con, Rock n Roll Marathon, Balboa Park December Nights, LGBT Pride, International Association Chiefs of Police Convention, yearly holiday events and other major conferences.

Chief Nisleit comes from a law enforcement family and has a legacy with the San Diego Police Department. His father Randy Nisleit, served over 35 years with the Department and retired as a Captain in 1999. His son Ryan Nisleit, recently graduated from the San Diego Police Academy and is currently a patrol officer.

Chief Nisleit is also a professor of criminal justice at the University of San Diego and Alliant University.

In his spare time, Chief Nisleit enjoys running, cycling, golf and spending time with his wife, three kids, and grandson.

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