Episode 16: One-on-One with Chief Burguan

On March 18, our office celebrated its 10th Anniversary Conference, where over 600 of our public and private sector partners joined us to engage in valuable dialogue surrounding counterterrorism, resiliency, and cybersecurity issues. The day's events included insightful presentations from a wide array of experts, who then graciously sat down with our podcast to delve deeper into some of their topics.

Episode 16 brings in Chief Jarrod Burguan of the San Bernardino Police Department to discuss how both his team and his community responded to the December terrorist attack on the Inland Regional Center and the lessons learned from this shooting.





Chief Burguan was 21 when he joined the San Bernardino Police Department in 1992. It was near the height of the crack epidemic, when gunfire echoed around the city and the homicide rate was double what it is today. He worked the night shift and went to night school, eventually earning an Associate’s degree from San Bernardino Valley College, a Bachelor’s degree in business, and a Master’s degree in management from the University of Redlands.

Seven years after being promoted to sergeant, Chief Burguan was tasked with leading the patrol and traffic divisions, which he did successfully before being promoted to lieutenant in January 2009. As a lieutenant, he was a watch commander for patrol, district commander, and detective bureau commander, before his promotion to captain.

Chief Burguan was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2013 and was responsible for the department's day-to-day operations, internal affairs, crime analysis, and finance. He is most notably known for his actions in facilitating the response to the terrorist attack in San Bernardino on December 2, 2015.