Comstock Becomes First Of Her Gender To Serve As Chino Police Chief

(December 16) Karen Comstock was sworn in as Chino’s first female police chief on Thursday, December 11. She replaced recently retired police chief Miles Pruitt.
Comstock began her career with the Chino Police Department in 1985 as a police explorer and then worked for the department as a cadet and as reserve officer. She graduated as a member of the 102nd session of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy. In October 1990 she was hired as a police officer with Chino PD. In addition to serving as a police officer, Comstock held the posts of field training officer, patrol supervisor, detective bureau supervisor, and was a member of the crisis negotiations team. She has also worked as a detective in the criminal investigations bureau and in the background investigation unit assisting with the recruitment and selection of department employees. Comstock served as a team leader and as commander of the department’s mobile field force team. She was also assigned to the professional standards unit where she conducted internal investigations and supervised the operations of the evidence unit.
She was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in January of 2007 and promoted to the rank of captain in November of 2009.
Raised in Chino, Comstock attended Doris Dickson Elementary, Ramona Junior High, and is a graduate from Don Antonio Lugo High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and holds a master’s degree in organizational management. Captain Comstock is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, Class #148.
Comstock said, “It is both a privilege and an honor to serve as chief of police for the Chino Police Department.  My philosophy as it related to policing can be summarized by the department’s mission statement, which provides [that] as members of the department we are personnel with daily guidance as we serve the community. We are dedicated to the safety of our community… [and] recognize our sole purpose is to protect our community, which serves as the driving motivation for the members of our department.  We take ownership in the City of Chino as not only our place of work, but a place in which we are personally invested. We strive to operate as a team not only with other members of our Department, but we regard the community as an essential member of our team as well.  We recognize that we cannot police our community members without their consent and cooperation.  As a community oriented policing agency, we value the partnerships we have developed with residents, business owners and community groups.  Our ability to maintain a safe community is directly related to the strength of our collaboration with members of the community.”
Comstock vowed to “provide excellent service with dignity and respect.”

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