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Written and Interpersonal Communication: Methods for Law Enforcement (2nd Edition)
Harvey Wallace  More Info
Fundamentals of Police Administration
Cliff Roberson  More Info

About the Freemont Police Department

Located on the southeast side of the San Francisco Bay, Fremont is a city of over 210,000 people with an area of 92-square miles, making it the fourth most populous city in the Bay Area and California's fifth largest city in area. Fremont is located within Alameda County.


The Fremont area was first settled with the establishment of the Mission San Jose by the Spanish. In the mid-1840's, John C. Fremont mapped a trail through Mission Pass to provide access for American settlers into the southeastern San Francisco Bay Area. In 1853, Washington Township was established, taking in the communities of Mission San Jose, Centerville, Niles, Irvington, and Warm Springs. On January 23, 1956, these communities incorporated (joined together) to form the City of Fremont. 


According to Police Chief Craig Steckler, “We continually involve members of our community in the operations of their Police Department. We have over 200 volunteers working in virtually every Division and Unit of the Department. We have a volunteer program for our younger citizens with the Police Explorer Post, we have Reserve Police Officers, and then our regular volunteer program which runs the entire age gamut from school age to retired citizens. We continue to offer two citizens academies each year, which are designed to introduce citizens to the inner workings of their Police Department. I also work with an advisory board of citizens. The citizens of Fremont also need to know that we hire only the finest quality personnel to serve and protect them.”










Craig Steckler is the chief of police of the Freemont Police Department.  He holds a B.S. degree from CSU Los Angeles, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the POST Command College.  The Chief Craig Steckler’s law enforcement career spans 31 years, and has included positions in San Clemente and Chief of Police in Piedmont, California. Chief Steckler came to Fremont as Deputy Chief in 1986 and was promoted to Chief in 1992. He was the Year 2000 President of the California Police Chiefs Association.


Chief Craig Steckler is the co-author of two books on law enforcement subjects.  According to the book description of Written and Interpersonal Communication: Methods for Law Enforcement, “The purpose of this book is to improve the readers communication skills, both oral and written. Particular attention is paid to the reports and forms commonly used in the criminal justice system.”  According to the book description of Fundamentals of Police Administration, “This introductory text for police administration provides a balanced perspective between legal, practical, and scholarly information. The book provides in-depth coverage of patrol, administration, and the impact of local financing on the police budget.”


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