Brown Announces Top Law Enforcement Appointment

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
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SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of George Anderson as the 13th Director of the Division of Law Enforcement for the California Department of Justice. Anderson, who currently serves as Sacramento County Undersheriff, succeeds Rick Oules who is retiring.

Commenting on today’s appointment, Attorney General Brown said: “He has just the right experience to lead the Division of Law Enforcement and manage its incredibly complex operation.”

George Anderson progressed through the ranks of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department during twenty-eight years of active law enforcement service, including the administration of the 5th largest sheriff’s department in California. As Undersheriff, Anderson restructured the department to respond more rapidly to fight crime. He initiated a shared command contract with the City of Rancho Cordova to reduce law enforcement costs for both the County of Sacramento and the City of Rancho Cordova. Anderson is a graduate of the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Supervisory Leadership Institute Class 11 and Command College Class 28. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.

George Anderson said: “The goal is to give the best possible support to local law enforcement. Reducing and suppressing major criminal activity through our own initiatives and in partnership with our local and federal law enforcement partners will be our primary objective. We will continue to build upon the excellent work of the Bureau of Forensic Services and implement the mandates for the Combined DNA Index System and Proposition 69. We will work in partnership with local and federal law enforcement to fight narcotics trafficking, gangs, and gun violence around the state.”

The California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement is one of the largest state investigative law enforcement agencies in the United States. The division employs 450 sworn Special Agents, 200 forensic scientists, 600 civilian employees, and has an annual budget of $182 million. It is comprised of eight operational bureaus which include the California Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, the Bureau of Gambling Control, the Bureau of Firearms, the Bureau of Forensic Services, the Criminal Intelligence Bureau, the Mission Support Branch, and the Western States Information Network.

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