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Retired Chief Elvin G. Miali started his Law Enforcement career in 1967, with the City of San Gabriel in Los Angeles County, Ca. He began as a Patrolman, then he promoted to Detective, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant Watch Commander, Lieutenant in charge of the Detective Bureau and finally Captain. In 1986 he was appointed Chief of Police of the Fountain Valley Police Department (California). He was Police Chief for 17 years, prior to his retirement in 2003.

Chief Elvin G. Miali participated in many Oral Boards and Assessment Centers and observed how difficult it was for many officers to do well in the promotional process. For this reason he wrote the book entitled Unless You're The Lead Dog, The Scenery Never  Changes.  According to the book description, “He has developed various testing programs and will share with you the inside scoop into the testing process which is not available to everyone. He has assisted many of his officers with one-on-one consultations regarding the testing process. This type of information is coming from the "top" and Chief Miali knows what the administrators of police agencies want from their candidates, because he was there and made those decisions.”

About the Fountain Valley Police Department

The Fountain Valley Police Department (California) is organized into four bureaus: Patrol; Traffic; Detective; and Records.  According to the Fountain Valley Police Department, “The Patrol Division, often referred to as "the backbone of the Police Department", operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Patrol Officers generally work in full uniform and operate marked black and white Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor vehicles. They are the first responders to the public calls for service, the key to our Community-Oriented Policing efforts and the City's first line of defense against the criminal element.”


The Detective Bureau provides follow-up investigations on all criminal matters with the exception of those involving narcotics and gangs. The Bureau is commanded by a Detective Lieutenant and is comprised of a Detective Sergeant, 5 full-time Investigators, a civilian Court Liaison, a civilian Crime Analyst, and a Secretary. Each Investigator handles a specific assignment, which includes the investigation of crimes against persons, juvenile and sexual assaults, fraud/forgery and checks, residential and commercial burglaries and auto theft and miscellaneous crimes.


The Fountain Valley Police Department also has specialized units such as SWAT, K9, Crisis Negotiators and Field Training Officers.  In 2006 the Fountain Valley Police Department joined forces with the West County SWAT Team. The West County SWAT Team is a regional Special Weapons and Tactics Team serving the cities of Cypress, Los Alamitos, Westminster and Fountain Valley. West County SWAT consists of police personnel made of four distinct units including; Tactical Officers, Tactical Emergency Paramedics, Crisis Negotiators and Tactical Dispatchers. Joining West County SWAT resulted in a four-fold increase in personnel trained for tactical operations.  As a partner on this team, police personnel train a minimum of 10 hours per month in critical incident management, tactics and pre-planned responses to a variety of dangerous incidents.





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