Samuel Gonzalez, M.A.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Criminal Justice

Phone: (626) 815-5094
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Samuel Gonzalez, M.A., started with the Azusa Police Department as a cadet on February 22, 1983. Over the next 33+ years, Sam worked in a variety of assignments and was promoted up the ranks. His assignments included patrol, field training officer, narcotic detective, SWAT operator/team leader/commander, public information officer, and K9 coordinator. In the late 1990s he served as the project manager of the department’s addition/alteration project, and was the detective bureau commander from 1999 to 2003. He was promoted to captain in 2003 and served in the operations and administrative divisions. He also received nearly 4,000 hours of Advanced Officer Training during his law enforcement career. Gonzalez was promoted to chief of police on January 1, 2012, and retired from the department on July 3, 2016. He stays connected to the community through the police foundation, his membership with the California Police Chiefs Association, and teaching criminal justice courses at APU.


  • M.A., Organizational Management, Azusa Pacific University
  • B.A., Behavioral Science, University of La Verne
  • A.A., Administration of Justice, Citrus College


  • Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certificates: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Management, and Executive

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Criminal Justice


  • Criminal Justice
  • Ethics
  • Law Enforcement Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Municipal Policing
  • Role of Police Executive

Courses Taught

  • CJ 110 – Introduction to Criminal Justice