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Michael Marquez, San Diego Unified School Police Chief

Michael Marquez, a police force veteran, former San Diego School Police Captain, is the current San Diego Unified School Police Chief. His career began in 1990 when he served with the National City Police Department as a patrol officer.

In 2001, Chief Marquez joined San Diego Unified's Police Department, after serving for two years as the full-time officer at Mission Bay High School, his diverse skills and experience prompted his promotion in 2003 to School Police Sergeant. Promotions to Lieutenant, and then Captain, followed. Chief Marquez is a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute, and holds a Management Certification from California Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Chief Marquez was directly mentored by the last two School Police Chiefs in the art of "school-oriented policing," community engagement, and educating children holistically (caring for the "whole" child).

Chief Marquez has set the bar high for all Officers, requiring them to be innovative and progressive in their approach to campus safety, and using diversion and restorative practices to improve public trust. Officers have become more involved in the positive aspects of campus life; again, building strong relationships with students to minimize negative contacts while promoting a "guardian mentality," rather than a persona of "law enforcers."

In his spare time, Chief Marquez is a devoted family man, having been married to his wife Dawn for over 20 years. Together they have twin daughters, Camille and Analyssa, who are students at San Diego State University. A teenager, Noah, rounds out the family. Chief Marquez has coached all of his children in youth sports since they were young, and he looks forward to continuing to do so.

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