Christopher R. Catren was selected as the Chief of Police for the City of Redlands on December 20, 2017. He leads a progressive group of 84 sworn officers, 31 full-time and 17 part-time professional staff, and nearly 100 volunteers. The department serves approximately 70,000 residents across nearly 40 square miles. Redlands Police Department is a full-service, municipal police department comprised of teams who perform functions such a patrol, investigations, communications, traffic, K-9, SWAT, and multiple enforcement and community policing activities. The department has a history of utilizing technology to improve its delivery of services to the community.
Chief Catren began his career in law enforcement in 1994 with the Redlands Police Department as its first crime analyst. In this role, he quickly learned the value of transforming data into information to further the department’s prevention, intervention and suppression activities. In 1996, Chief Catren became a sworn police officer and worked his way through the ranks to include assignments as an investigator, training officer, field supervisor, detective and sergeant. His supervisory positions included investigations, patrol, field training coordinator and Reserve Police Officer coordinator. In 2007, Chief Catren was promoted Lieutenant and managed the Investigative Services Bureau, the Patrol Services Bureau and the Special Operations Bureau during his tenure. He was promoted to Commander in 2013, and oversaw each of the department’s divisions before promoting to the position of Chief of Police.
Chief Catren possesses a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino. He also earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the same institution. He graduated from the California POST Command College in 2012.
Chief Catren is a member of the California Police Chief’s Association and represents the association on the Statewide Data Sharing Task Force and as a member of the Technology Committee.