David R. Reynoso was appointed Police Chief of the City of El Monte Police Department on April 6, 2015. He oversees one of the largest police departments in the San Gabriel Valley, which is responsible for providing law enforcement services to the tenth largest city in Los Angeles County. Chief Reynoso oversees a staff of 121 police officers and 139 civilian employees, police volunteers and reserve police officers.
Since his appointment Chief Reynoso has dedicated his efforts and the efforts of the EMPD to support Community relationships and partnerships that lead to trust in law enforcement and utilizing social media to spread this message. He also strongly believes in Constitutional policing that provides for ethical and lawful practices to ensure that EMPD officers treat everyone fairly and impartially.
From January 1990 to April 2015, Chief Reynoso served the city of Baldwin Park, California, where he obtained the rank of police captain. He has worked a variety of assignments including gang and narcotic investigations, traffic supervision, SWAT, and a variety of administrative duties.
Chief Reynoso has roots in El Monte dating back to his childhood. He attended Columbia, Miramonte and Kranz Schools in El Monte, and has family dating back to the early 1960s in El Monte.
Chief Reynoso is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the California Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Reynoso holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Supervision and a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. He is also a graduate of FBI National Academy #244. He also completed the Sherman Block Leadership Institute Class #121. Prior to becoming a police officer Chief Reynoso proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for over four years.
Chief Reynoso is also adjunct professor at local colleges, including at the Rio Hondo Police Academy.