Jason Salazar became the Chief of Police of the Visalia Police Department on February 17, 2015.
Chief Salazar began his career with the Visalia Police Department in 1993 as a Community Services Officer. In 1996, he was hired as a full time Police Officer. He was promoted to Agent in 2002, Sergeant in 2004, Lieutenant in 2007, and Captain in 2011. In 1999, Chief Salazar was recognized as the Department's Latino Peace Officer of the Year and Police Officer of the Year in 2002.
Chief Salazar has held a variety of assignments during his employment with the Visalia Police Department, including assignments in the Patrol Division, DUI Unit, S.W.A.T., and Violent Crimes Unit. As a Lieutenant, he oversaw the Special Enforcement Bureau which includes the Gang Suppression Unit and Narcotics Unit. As a Captain, he oversaw both the Operations Support Division and Operations Division.
Chief Salazar holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mountain State University and a Master's Degree in Leadership Studies from Fresno Pacific University. He is also a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Point Leadership Program, the Senior Management Institute of Police, and POST Command College.