Chris Vallejo

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Commander Chris G. Vallejo is a 26-year veteran of the Austin Police Department and oversees the Northwest Area Patrol Command.  He is excited about implementing evidence-based practices to address crime, measure community sentiment, and organizational effectiveness. Chris serves as an Executive Committee member of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, a National Police Foundation Policing Executive Fellow, a Police Advisor to Measure, an Austin-based community research and advocacy group, and is an NIJ LEADS Scholar.  Chris is an avid student of leadership, evidence-based policing, performance-management systems, police officer health and well-being, and 21st-century policing principles. Chris holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science from Midwestern State University with concentrations in constitutional law and political science with Summa Cum Laude honors and is currently pursuing a master’s in criminal justice at Texas State University.