Anaheim PD swears in its second deputy chief; Dan Cahill is named to newly created position
Beefing up its command staff as the agency continues to grow and rebuild to pre-recession strength, the Anaheim PD on Thursday named Orange PD veteran Dan Cahill to the newly created second deputy chief position.
Cahill, who was sworn in this morning, Sept. 24, joins Deputy Chief Julian Harvey as the APD’s second-highest ranking officer. Both report to Chief Raul Quezada.
Cahill is a well-regarded O.C. law enforcement veteran known for his innovative programs at the Orange PD, including the implementation of culture change initiatives, leadership development programs, mental health training resources, and a new crime control model.
And he comes to the APD at just the right time, officials said.
“We continue to be a growing organization, and the (deputy chief) workload was a tremendous one for just one guy to handle,” Anaheim PD Lt. Eric Trapp said of Harvey, the agency’s sole deputy chief for the last 2 ½ years. “This new position will allow us to better serve the community of Anaheim.”
The City of Anaheim has a population of over 346,000, making it the 10th largest municipality in the state, and with 384 sworn officers it is the second-largest law enforcement agency in Orange County, second only to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The APD is rebuilding back to its pre-recession strength of 405 sworn officers.
Cahill will be in charge of operations, which includes field services such as patrol, traffic and detention; community services, which includes community policing, youth services and volunteers; and investigations, which includes the crimes persons and crimes property units as well as the Orange County Family Justice Center.
Harvey will continue to oversee the APD’s support division, which includes communications, records, IT, administration and professional standards, budget and finance, professional development (training) and special enforcement, such as the Angel air fleet.
At the swearing-in ceremony, Quezada thanked Harvey for his service.
“Only those who have sat in the deputy chief position here in Anaheim truly understand the amount of work, pressure and stress this position has,” Quezada said. “Julian, you have been my right-hand man for the last two and a half years. Together we have tackled some of the biggest issues the Anaheim police department and the Anaheim community has faced.”
He added: “Thank you very much. Help has arrived.”
That comment elicited chuckles and a loud round of applause in the packed room.
Quezada said creating a second deputy chief position was critical to the agency’s mission of “achieving our vision and carrying on our proud traditions.”
Quezada said the APD will continue to strive to be a model for all police agencies.
“We all know that without change, we would all be policing the same way we did three years ago,” the chief said. “Policing changes by the minute…the Anaheim PD must focus and work hard to remain at the tip of the spear in law enforcement…I am confident we can do this together.”
In his brief comments Thursday, Cahill recognized his mentors over the years and thanked his colleagues at the Orange PD, signling out Chief Rob Gustafson. And he praised the APD.
“To the men and women of the Anaheim Police Department, for nearly 25 years I’ve worked next door to you, so I know the quality of the organization I am joining,” Cahill said. “I cannot be more proud to be part of it and to serve with you.”
Cahill beat out several candidates during a highly competitive process throughout the state.
He joined the Orange Police Department in 1991 as a reserve officer and became a full-time cop two years later. He had a variety of assignments as an officer, sergeant and lieutenant prior to being promoted to captain in 2007.
Cahill’s most recent commands at the Orange PD have included assignments in the Field Services, Investigative Services and Administrative Services Divisions.
In addition to his law enforcement duties, Cahill has taught at both the Fullerton College Police Academy and Golden West College Police Academy.
He is a member of the board of directors for the Mental Health Association of Orange County and the California POST Committee on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted.
Cahill holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Chapman University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State Fullerton.
He has attended executive leadership courses at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Gettysburg Leadership Institute.
Cahill is married with two daughters, Sierra and Holly. Sierra is attending college out of state and could not attend Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony.
Holly and his wife, Ellyn, pinned on his badge.
Cahill is a commercial pilot who in his spare time enjoys horseback riding, outdoor sports and spending time with his family.
The APD on Thursday also swore in two new officers, both transfers from other agencies.
Horn, 31, is a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and is assigned to the Scout Sniper Platoon. In 2008, he was hired by the Pasadena PD, where he worked in patrol, firearms instruction and SWAT.
Horn was born in Pasadena and graduated from Pasadena High School in 2002. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in community studies.
Horn’s mother, Amy, pinned on his badge.
Pasqualucci, 27, comes to the APD from the Orange PD, which hired him in 2012.
The native of Whittier graduated from El Dorado High School in Placentia in 2006. He attended Santiago Canyon College before he entered the U.S. Marine Corps.
Pasqualucci spent four years in the Marine Corps as an infantry rifleman with the 1st battalion 5th Marines. He completed a seven-month deployment on the USS Germantown and a seven-month deployment to Helmand Province in Afghanistan.
Pasqualucci’s wife, Katy, pinned on his badge.
Behind the Badge OC Photographer Steven Georges contributed to this story.