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Captain James Christian selected as Chief of San Clemente Police Services


SAN CLEMENTE, Ca. (Jan. 9, 2022): Captain James Christian has been selected as the new Chief of San Clemente Police Services. He will begin serving the city on Friday, Jan. 13.

“Having served the city of San Clemente in previous assignments and as a resident of this community, I look forward to leading an exemplary team of men and women dedicated to keeping our city safe,” Captain Christian said. “I am humbled to have been selected and excited to begin this new assignment.”

Captain Christian joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1997 after graduating from California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in sociology.

As a deputy, he was assigned to Custody Operations and Patrol Operations. In his time on patrol, Captain Christian served as a field training officer, a motor deputy, and as a member of the Special Enforcement and Directed Enforcement teams, assignments that handle specific crime problems or concerns in the community.  

Captain Christian then promoted to Investigator and worked in San Clemente General Investigations, the Special Victims Detail and the Homicide Detail. 

After promoting to Sergeant, Captain Christian worked as a supervisor in the Central Jails Division before serving as an Investigative Sergeant for the North Operations Division. He then was assigned to the Professional Standards Division as an Internal Affairs Sergeant.

Most recently, Captain Christian served as the Lieutenant for the Central Jails Division, managing day-to-day shift operations.  

In addition, Captain Christian has extensive specialized training in various aspects of investigative techniques and strategy, leadership and critical incident response. 

When not working, Captain Christian enjoys spending time with his family on snowboard trips and supporting his children’s sporting events.  

San Clemente Police Services current Chief of Police Services, Captain Tony Benfield, is being promoted to Commander of the Sheriff’s Department’s Investigations Division. Captain Benfield begins his new assignment Jan. 13. 

Captain Christian