Police Chief Bio

Chief BidouChief Andrew Bidou served 26 years in policing before becoming Chief of the Vallejo Police Department in 2014. He rose from the ranks of Officer to Captain with the Newark Police Department prior to serving as Chief with the Benicia Police Department. 

Since becoming VPD Chief, Bidou established:
- A 23-member Chief’s Advisory Board who provide input regarding police services; 
- Community Engagement Section to foster police-community interactions;
- Close partnership with the local school district to bring two School Resource Officers back into schools; 
- Monthly Coffee with the Cops and annual dinner for residents to engage with officers;
- Youth engagement activities;
- Open source data on use of force, officer and citizen injuries, internal investigations, and citizen complaints;
- Mandatory police officer training, including annual bias and de-escalation;
- Fitness program where employees can substitute meal break to workout on duty, reducing workman’s compensation claims by over 25%. 
 
Chief Bidou hold s Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary's College and a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police held at Boston University, the FBI National Academy, and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program held at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  He belongs to International Association of Chiefs of Police, the California Police Chiefs Association, and serves an Executive Fellow for the Police Foundation in Washington D.C.