Chief of Police Roberto Villaseñor

Roberto Villasenor.pngBackground

Chief Villaseñor is a native of Tucson, He joined the Tucson Police Department in 1980, and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2000 and to Chief of police in 2009.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree ─ Park University
  • Masters of Counseling/Human Relations ─ Northern Arizona University

Specialized Training

  • FBI National Academy Session 229
  • City of Tucson Foundations for Leadership Program
  • United Way Minority Leadership Development Program
  • Senior Management Institute for Police
  • Southwest Leadership Program ─ University of Arizona Eller College of Management

Professional Highlights/Affiliations

  • Tucson Police Department Medal of Distinguished Service
  • Tucson Police Department Medal of Merit (3)
  • Tucson Police Department 1996 Officer of the Year
  • North Ranch/Linda Vista Fire District, Chairman
  • Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, Board of Directors
  • Hispanic Professional Action Committee

Law Enforcement Experience

Chief Villaseñor has commanded:

  • Investigative Services Bureau
  • Administrative Services Bureau
  • Field Services Bureau
  • Support Services Bureau

As a Captain, Chief Villaseñor was in charge of:

  • Operations Division West/Patrol
  • Management Information Division
  • Field Support Division
  • Metropolitan Area Narcotics Trafficking Interdiction Squad (MANTIS)

As a Lieutenant, Chief Villaseñor was the project manager for Geo-Based Policing, and he commanded:

  • Operations Division Midtown/Patrol
  • Office of Professional Standards
  • Hostage Negotiations Unit

As a Sergeant, Chief Villaseñor served as the Public Information Officer, and he supervised:

  • Operations Division South/Patrol
  • Downtown Bicycle Unit

As an officer, Chief Villaseñor's assignments included:

  • Major Offenders Unit
  • Patrol