Upland, CA — A 27-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Captain of the Chino Hills Police Department has been selected as Upland’s new police chief following an extensive search.
Darren Goodman, 52, is a strong advocate of community policing, and using data, technology and community partnerships to address crime and quality of life issues.
“Chief Goodman is a nationally respected, results-oriented law enforcement professional. We’re thrilled to have him lead Upland’s outstanding police force, and further establish our community as a hallmark of fair, humane and effective policing,” said Mayor Debbie Stone.
Goodman will take command on July 16.
“I feel very fortunate to be here, and as the new chief coming in, I’m looking forward to getting to know our officers and the community,” Goodman said. “Law enforcement, and how safe people feel in their community, is critical to the success of a city. I also know we can’t do it alone. Business, economic development, education – we’re all in this together.”
Goodman began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy. He has worked in a variety of assignments, including corrections, patrol, narcotics, emergency operations, regional gang enforcement, fugitive apprehension and SWAT. In 2013, he assumed command of the Sheriff’s Regional Training Center.
In Chino Hills, Goodman led efforts to reduce gaps between police-specific services and other service providers dedicated to public safety, such as public works, code enforcement, mental health services, and homeless advocates.
Goodman holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC) and has completed his doctoral studies at USC’s Rossier School of Education. In 2015, he graduated Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security; a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Public Safety Leadership Program; and an adjunct-professor at California State University San Bernardino.
Goodman lives in Riverside, California, with his wife Shana, who is a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The couple have four children.