Fremont Police Chief Set to Retire at End of Year

Chief Steckler will continue as President of International Association of Chiefs of Police

By Karthik Mayilvahanan

On December 30, 2012, Craig Steckler will resign from his post as Fremont Police Chief after 45 years of service, and will presume his position as President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Steckler worked with the Police Department of San Clemente and was the Police Chief in Piedmont before entering the Fremont Police Department in 1986. He started as a Deputy Police chief, was promoted to Police Chief in 1992, and has maintained that position since.

In an interview for the City of Fremont, Steckler said, “Any crime is too much crime. The inability to have a truly “crime free” community is the part I like least [about my job].” Steckler also seems to have a different take on keeping the city’s youth out of criminal activity. “Traditionally young men between the ages of 15 – 25 years of age are the predominate offenders of criminal statutes,” said Steckler. “If they have their energy redirected to recreational activities and jobs, it reduces the chance of them becoming involved in criminal activity.”

While serving as Police Chief in Fremont, Steckler has also been serving as the President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). According to its website, “The IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement through advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services.”

Captain Richard Lucero will be next in line for the Fremont Police Chief job, and has already assumed interim responsibilities.