Mike Bertelsen is the chief of police with the Azusa Police Department, where he has served the community for over 27 years. Chief Bertelsen was hired as a jailer in 1994 and worked his way through the ranks, becoming chief in 2019.
During his career, Chief Bertelsen has worked a variety of special assignments including field training officer, property crimes detective, gang crimes detective, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant, detective lieutenant, operations division captain and administrative division captain. He has also worked a variety of collateral duty assignments, including being an explorer advisor, citizen's academy instructor, Azusa Golden Days liaison, terrorism liaison officer, community service officer/police aide supervisor, social media team supervisor, field training officer manager, and reserve police officer coordinator.
Chief Bertelsen holds an associate degree in administration of justice from Mount San Antonio College, a bachelor's degree in public administration from Cal Poly Pomona, and a master's degree in organizational management from Azusa Pacific University.
Paul Dennis is a lieutenant with the Azusa Police Department. During his career in law enforcement, he has held a variety of assignments which include jailer, police officer, detective, sergeant, S.W.A.T. team member and S.W.A.T. team commander. He is currently assigned to the patrol division and serves as the sector area commander for the southern portion of Azusa.
Lt. Dennis earned an athletic scholarship to Azusa Pacific University where he was a competitive athlete in track and field specializing in 400 meter and 800 meter events. He was recognized as an all-American athlete for six years. During his undergraduate years at APU, the track team won four consecutive NAIA Conference National Championships. Lt. Dennis was born in Northern England and competed in the World University Games for Great Britain in 1989 and 1991.
Lt. Dennis earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in organizational management at Azusa Pacific University. He has been an instructor at Citrus College since 2003.
Brian Elias has over 20 years of experience in a variety of public safety roles including paramedic and police officer. He is currently a captain with the operations division of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. Brian is a fellow of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and serves on that organization's board.
Peter Gold began his involvement in law enforcement as an auxiliary/volunteer with the Glendora Police Department while working as the western United States vice president of a national paper distributor. Mr. Gold advanced to reserve police officer status and served the community in that capacity for nine years while continuing to work full time in private industry. A corporate buy-out provided the opportunity for early retirement allowing Mr. Gold to promote to full-time status as a police officer, where he worked in the patrol division for ten years.
Mr. Gold attended Citrus College following military service in the Republic of Viet Nam and transferred to California State Polytechnic University Pomona where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Monique Gregoire-Williams is an attorney in the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office assigned to the Pomona courthouse. Dr. Gregoire-Williams has been with the public defender's office since 1991 and is currently a deputy III representing clients charged with felony crimes ranging from theft to murder. She is preparing for the deputy public defender IV exam which is required to represent defendants charged with murder with special circumstances which may result in the death penalty. Dr. Gregoire-Williams has been nominated on several occasions for recognition as trial lawyer of the year with the public defender's office. Her son, Marcus, attended Citrus College, completed classes in the administration of justice and transferred to the University of California Irvine where he completed his bachelor's degree. Marcus was recently admitted to the Whittier College School of Law.
During high school, Dr. Gregoire-Williams competed in track events with the Southern California Cheetahs and was a member of the track teams at Mount San Antonio College and University of California Irvine, specializing in 800 meter and 1500 meter events. Her father, Ernie Gregoire, coached women's track events at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Gregoire currently coaches track at Mount San Antonio College.
Dr. Gregoire-Williams has an Associate of Science from Mount San Antonio College, a Bachelor of Science from University of California Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate from University of La Verne Law School.
Linda Huber is a forensic scientist III with the Orange County Sheriff Crime Laboratory. She has conducted laboratory analysis on biological material in the toxicology section and solid dose drugs in the controlled substances section. Currently, she is assigned to the trace evidence section where analyses are conducted on the following types of evidence: arson, fibers, explosives, paint, hair, glass, physical match, and general unknowns. She has also been assigned to the crime scene investigation section since 2004. There, she is qualified to assist in autopsies, conduct vehicle exams, and process crime scenes. In addition, she is also qualified to determine bullet trajectory and bloodstain pattern interpretation. As a volunteer, she is also a member of the Orange County Sheriff Department's Peer Support Team.
Mrs. Huber attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She is an active runner and enjoys training in Brazilian Gracie Jiu Jitsu with her young daughter.
Stephan Hunt is a retired chief of police with the Azusa Police Department and has 30 years of law enforcement experience. He began his law enforcement involvement as an explorer scout at Arcadia Police Department. Following military service in the U.S. Army as a member of the 1/75 Ranger Battalion, he became a police officer at Azusa Police Department. Retired Chief Hunt has held a number of assignments that include patrol officer, supervisor and watch commander, narcotics detective, gang detective, detective lieutenant, field training officer, terrorism liaison officer and SWAT operator, team leader, and commander. He also commanded both the administrative and operations divisions of the police department prior to being appointed to chief of police. Retired Chief Hunt has been instructor at Citrus College since 2001.
Retired Chief Hunt has an Associate of Science degree from Citrus College, a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Long Beach, and a master's degree in organizational leadership from Woodbury University.
Robert Landeros is currently a corporal with the Azusa Police Department and has ten years of law enforcement experience. Corporal Landeros is a United States Army combat veteran with service in the military police. He has held numerous assignments that include patrol officer, drug enforcement administration task force officer, firearms instructor, and gang unit officer. He is currently assigned as a field supervisor in the patrol division. Corporal Landeros holds an Associate of Science in Administration of Justice, a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, and a Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies.
Lee Washington is currently a supervising deputy probation officer for the Los Angeles County Probation Department assigned to the special services bureau. During his 19 year career, his assignments included, but are not limited to: detention service officer, residential deputy probation officer I and field deputy probation officer II. Job assignments include juvenile hall, camp, placement, federal task force, warrant apprehension, surveillance unit and lead firearm instructor/rangemaster. He is also a reserve deputy sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department for the past nine years, where assignments included COPS team, detective bureau, OSS gang, patrol and academy instructor. Mr. Washington holds an Associates of Arts in Administration of Justice from San Bernardino Valley Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Management from Azusa Pacific University, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University, and is currently completing work toward a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Capella University.
Arthur Villa, Jr.
Arthur Villa Jr. started his career in law enforcement as a parking enforcement officer for the La Verne Police Department. He worked there full-time for five years while attending college. He was hired as a full time police officer with the Huntington Beach Police Department in July 2015, where he is still currently employed. His assignments have included patrol, beach detail and he is a POST Certified Drug Recognition Expert.
Mr. Villa completed the honors program and holds an Associates of Arts degree from Citrus Community College. He transferred to California State University Fullerton where he double majored in psychology and criminal justice. Mr. Villa graduated cum laude in both disciplines and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Mr. Villa sought a graduate program abroad and holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Kerwin Wong is currently a sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. His career of 28 years in law enforcement has given him opportunities to work numerous assignments, which include, jails, courts, patrol, undercover/sting operations, detectives, public relations, youth programs, background investigator, and incident management team. Sgt. Wong has been an instructor at Citrus College for over 18 years.