Command Staff

Jorge Cisneros

Chief Jorge Cisneros

Jorge Cisneros is the 36th chief of the Anaheim Police Department.

Chief Cisneros leads Orange County’s largest city police department and oversees nearly 600 employees, including more than 400 sworn personnel.

He plays a leading role connecting the Anaheim Police Department to the community it serves by working with the Chief's Advisory Board, Chief's Neighborhood Advisory Council and the Chief's Youth Advisory Council on issues of public safety and quality of life in Anaheim.

Cisneros assumed the chief's role in August 2018. He has more than 25 years of experience, including nearly a decade serving as a police chief.

Before coming to the Anaheim Police Department, Cisneros served as chief of the University of California, Irvine, Police Department from 2015 to 2018.

At UC Irvine, he led a force of 90 sworn officers, community service officers and staff. Cisneros also served as chief of the University of California’s Systemwide Response Team, overseeing 100 UC police officers specially trained to deal with major incidents on campuses.

From 2010 to 2015, Cisneros served as chief of the Huntington Park Police Department in the county of Los Angeles. He also served as Huntington Park’s acting city manager from 2010 to 2011.

Cisneros began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a detective and police officer with the Long Beach Police Department.

In Long Beach, he was promoted to sergeant in 1998, lieutenant in 2003 and police commander in 2006. From 2006 to 2010, he served as the department’s chief of staff and commander.

Cisneros also oversaw Long Beach’s Office of Counter Terrorism, which works to detect and deter terrorism through data analysis and cooperation with regional and federal partners.

He holds a master’s in criminal justice from Chapman University in Orange and a bachelor’s in architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Since 2015, Cisneros has served as a member of the Orange County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association. He is also third vice president of the Hispanic American Police Command Officer’s Association and has been active with the group since 2013.
Rick Armendariz

Deputy Chief Rick Armendariz

Rick Armendariz comes to us from the Modesto Police Department where he served for 24 years, most recently as Assistant Police Chief.  In Addition, the last two years, Rick served a dual role as Interim Deputy City Manager for the City of Modesto.   

Rick was born and raised in San Jose where he lived for 16 years, before his family moved to Ceres.   At an early age, Rick was very interested in law enforcement and while in high school, he enrolled in the high school’s ROP law enforcement program and became a police explorer with the Ceres Police Department.

At the age of 23, Rick was hired with the Modesto Police Department and started his law enforcement career as a Police Officer, before promoting to Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and finally Assistant Police Chief. During his time at the Modesto Police Department, Rick worked many areas within the organization to include patrol, gangs, crimes against children, violent crimes, internal affairs and public/media relations. He was also the commander for the Crisis Response Unit (SWAT), K9 Unit and an FBI Safe Streets task force.

As a Captain and Assistant Chief, Rick worked closely with Modesto Chief Galen Carroll to help transform the organization to become more community-engaged and intelligence-led in their efforts of reducing crime and improving the quality of life. Re-establishing Area Commands, creating cadet positions (part-time city rangers), building a Real-Time Crime Center, implementing Predictive Policing software, developing crime intelligence meetings, and expanding the roles of crime analysts.          

Rick is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, as well as, a graduate of the Senior Management Institution from Boston University. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University Long Beach and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University.  

Rick remains active in the public safety profession by serving as a Board Member for the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) and as a Regional Chair for the California Police Officers Association (CPOA). He was also very involved in the community and has volunteered at various organizations, such as, being a school board member at Central Catholic High School, an advisory board member at the Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County, and a board member at the Hispanic Leadership Council.

Rick is most proud of his family. He has been married to his wife Lorena for 22 years and they have three beautiful daughters, Maya age 19, Kayla age  17, and Julia age 13. Rick enjoys spending time outdoors camping and fishing, but most important spending time with his family traveling and watching his girls play competitive sports.  

Jarret Young

Capt. Jarret Young

Capt. Jarret Young has served with the Anaheim Police Department his entire career, starting as a police cadet in 1990.

Young was hired as a police officer in 1993. As a police officer he has been assigned to patrol, the Bike Team, the Field Training Officer Program, Community Policing Team, Gang Enforcement Unit and also served as a drug recognition expert instructor.

In 2005, Young was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division and Personnel Detail. He also became a supervisor on the Primary Response Team.

In 2010, Young was promoted to lieutenant. He served as a patrol watch commander, Internal Affairs Bureau commander, Patrol District commander and as a Special Tactics Detail commander.

Young was promoted to captain in 2012.

Young has a master’s in criminal justice from Chapman University and a bachelor’s in public administration from the University of La Verne. He is also a graduate of the Supervisory Leadership Institute and the Leadership in Police Organizations course.


Capt. Joe Reiss

Captain Joe Reiss was born and raised in Anaheim and became a Police Cadet for the Anaheim Police Department in 1973.  In 1976, Reiss was hired as a Police Officer and over the years rose up through the ranks to Police Captain in 2000.  Captain Reiss retired from the Anaheim Police Department in December 2009, and shortly thereafter took a position as a Police Lieutenant for the UCI Police Department.  Reiss retired from the UCI Police Department in October 2018, to return to the Anaheim Police Department as a Police Captain.  Reiss is currently assigned to the Field Services Division overseeing Patrol, Traffic and the Detention Facility. 

Captain Reiss has a Master Degree in Emergency Services from the California State University, Long Beach and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, POST Command College and the UCI Diversity Program. 

Captain Reiss lives in the City of Orange with his wife, Kathy, a retired Anaheim Police Detective. 
Hale, Frank

Capt. Frank Hale

Captain Frank Hale was promoted in 2019 and commands the Operations Support Division, which includes Resort Policing, Youth Services, Traffic, Detention Facility, and Emergency Management.  He is also the Tactical Response Group (SWAT) Commander.  Captain Hale brings 23 years of policing experience to the position, including three years with the Los Angeles Police Department where he began his career in 1996.

Prior to his promotion to captain, he was a lieutenant for seven years spending time as a patrol Watch Commander, and the Bureau Commander in Internal Affairs, Crimes Against Persons, and Community Policing.  As a sergeant between 2007 and 2012, Hale worked in patrol, and the Professional Standards Bureau where he was instrumental in developing the Force Analysis System used to track use of force incidents by APD personnel.  As a sergeant, Hale held ancillary assignments as a backup Public Information Officer and a supervisor for the Primary Response Officer team.

Hale was hired as a police officer with APD in 1999 and worked as a patrol officer, Primary Response Team officer, Community Policing Team officer, and investigator in the Crime Task Force.  While with LAPD he was assigned to patrol and the gang detail.

Hale earned a master’s degree in law enforcement and public safety leadership from the University of San Diego, and a bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University.  He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, Command College, and Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.

Craig Friesen

Capt. Craig Friesen

Captain Craig Friesen was promoted to captain in 2019.

From 2014 through 2019, Friesen served as a lieutenant and was assigned as a Patrol Watch Commander, Field Training Commander, Vice, Narcotics, and Criminal Intelligence Commander, District Commander, and Professional Standards Bureau Commander.

In 2006, Friesen was promoted to sergeant and was assigned to the Patrol Division, Street Narcotics Unit, Vice Detail, and the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.  Between 1999 and 2006, Friesen was a police officer and worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, the bike team, SWAT, and the Gang Enforcement Unit.

Prior to his time with APD, Friesen served with the Inglewood Police Department as a police cadet and later as a police officer, where he was assigned as a patrol officer, bicycle patrol team, field training officer, SWAT, and the Anti-Crime Team.

Friesen has a master’s in criminal justice from California Coast University and a bachelor’s in occupational studies from California State University, Long Beach. He is also a graduate of the Supervisory Leadership Institute and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Class #276.