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Posted on: January 11, 2022

Jorge Zamora sworn-in as Chief of Police of Watsonville

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Longtime Watsonville police veteran Jorge Zamora was sworn in as Chief of Police on January 10, 2022.  

Zamora officially became the 16th police chief for the City of Watsonville and the first, first-generation Mexican-American to hold this role.

Watsonville_PD-2Chief Zamora was born and raised in the City of Watsonville and first set foot in the Watsonville Police Department in 1991 as a police cadet. In 1996, he was hired as a full-time Watsonville Police Officer and continued to work his way up the ranks.

“I always felt that there was a lot of honor and joy and really having the ability to help people when they needed it the most,” Zamora said. “So to me, being a police officer is more than just arresting somebody and taking them to jail. It’s being a person who understands someone else’s struggles, someone else’s pain, and really trying to provide something that they may not necessarily have at that time.”

The Watsonville native attended many local schools and graduated from Radcliff Adult School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute & University and a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from Saint Mary’s College.

“So what’s next for the police department is really just to continue the amazing work we have been doing, along with the community that duality has to coexist and it can. We’ve seen it, we’ve been doing it for decades but we need to elevate that to the next level and we have to do it together,” Zamora explained.


El veterano de la policía de Watsonville, Jorge Zamora, fue juramentado como Jefe de Policía el 10 de enero de 2022.

 Zamora se convirtió oficialmente en el decimosexto jefe de policía de la Ciudad de Watsonville y el primer mexicano-estadounidense de primera generación en ocupar este cargo.

Zamora nació y se crió en la Ciudad de Watsonville e inició su carrera en el Departamento de Policía de Watsonville en 1991 como cadete de policía. En 1996, fue contratado como oficial de policía de Watsonville a tiempo completo y continuó ascendiendo de rango.

“Siempre sentí que había mucho honor y alegría y que realmente tenía la capacidad de ayudar a las personas cuando más lo necesitaban”, dijo Zamora. “Entonces, para mí, ser oficial de policía es más que simplemente arrestar a alguien y llevarlo a la cárcel. Es ser una persona que comprende las batallas de otra persona, el dolor de otra persona y realmente tratar de proporcionar algo que no necesariamente tienen en ese momento”.

El originario de Watsonville asistió a muchas escuelas locales y se graduó de Radcliff Adult School. Tiene una licenciatura en administración de justicia penal de Union Institute & University y una maestría en estudios de liderazgo de Saint Mary's College of California.

“Entonces, lo que sigue para el departamento de policía es realmente continuar con el increíble trabajo que hemos estado haciendo, junto con la comunidad. Esa dualidad tiene que coexistir y puede. Lo hemos visto, lo hemos estado haciendo durante décadas, pero necesitamos elevar eso al siguiente nivel y tenemos que hacerlo juntos”, explicó Zamora.

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