ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE
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Shelley has assisted in the security planning for several large events in San Diego such as the Super Bowl, Republican National Convention, major conferences and the 4th of July Independence Day holiday at the beach, where more than one million local and visitors alike come to enjoy each year. In 1983, Shelley received the San Diego Press Club Headliner of the year award for her undercover work at an area high school. Shelley has also received numerous Exceptional Performance and Commanding Officer Citations throughout her career. She recently received the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award.
Shelley currently oversees the Neighborhood Policing section which includes; the Regional Police Academy, Backgrounds, In-Service and Field Training, Juvenile Administration, The Police Range, Volunteer Services, Information Services, Communications, Crime Analysis, and Human Resources. Shelley is also the Department’s liaison with the Gang Commission, STAR-PAL, The San Diego Police Foundation, Crime Stoppers, Labor Relations, the Hotel/Motel Association and the Chief’s Community Advisory Boards.
Shelley is an avid sports fan and is currently training for her next triathlon.
Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman is a 29-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department.
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a degree in Criminal Justice. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBINA #241.
Shelley has worked many of the San Diego Police Department’s patrol commands. Shelley also has extensive investigative experience.
Some of Shelley’s prior assignments have included Vice, Narcotics, Internal Affairs, Multi-Cultural Community Relations Office, the Mayor’s Executive Protection Detail, The Narcotics Task Force and the Field Lieutenant position.