Escondido Police Department
Craig Carter has worked for the Escondido Police Department since 1990 when he was hired as a Police Reserve Officer. Craig was hired as a Police Officer Trainee in 1992. Craig has risen through the ranks serving as Police Officer until he was promoted to Sergeant in 1998. In January 2005, he was promoted to Lieutenant and then to the position of Police Captain in March 2013, and to Chief of Police in August 2013. Craig has worked in nearly every division in the Escondido Police Department including the DUI enforcement team, SWAT, Off-Road Motorcycle Team, and has been a vocal advocate for the Community Policing philosophy. He has served as an incident commander for several of Escondido’s critical incidents and was an instrumental part of the team that responded to the San Diego County wildfires in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2014. Craig spent several years as the department’s press information officer and even served four years as the police association president. He has been an adjunct instructor at Palomar College for over 20 years teaching in the Administration of Justice department and police academies. In 2007, Chief Carter trained Marines at Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in the area of community policing, crime scene management, basic criminal intelligence and crime scene investigation prior to their deployment to Afghanistan. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is a graduate of the POST Command College. His specialties include emergency management mitigation, preparedness, and community policing. Chief Carter has served as president of the San Diego County Chiefs’ & Sheriff’s Association for the past three years.