Napa Police Chief Jennifer Gonzales is pleased to announce the hiring of Fabio Rodriguez as Police Captain, effective January 8, 2022. Rodriguez comes to the City of Napa Police Department after a 24-year career in the City of Vallejo, where he was most recently a Lieutenant assigned to Administration. Former assignments included overseeing the Vallejo Police Department’s Detective Division, which included Investigations, Crime Reduction Team, Property Section, Court Liaison and the Crime Analysis Unit. He was active in recruiting for his department, as well as various assignments with the Crime Suppression Unit, Narcotics Unit, DEA Task Force Group, FBI Safe Streets Task Force and Investigations.
As Administrative Lieutenant, Rodriguez was responsible for the logistical staffing of the Patrol Division and oversaw the Traffic Unit, a Patrol team, and the Predictive Enforcement and Community Engagement (PEACE) Team. His work on the PEACE program focused on promoting positive interactions and relationship-building with officers and the community, while increasing police visibility to deter crime throughout the city.
Partnering with the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, Rodriguez helped bring the ReportJohn.org program to the Vallejo Police Department, a web-based program that allows community members to report commercial sex trafficking activity to law enforcement. Rodriguez’s community engagement experience also includes the co-development of programs like “Tacos With Cops”, an event planned at the Vallejo Waterfront but put on hold due to the pandemic.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Rodriguez’s academic achievements include a Master of Science (MS) and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento. Rodriguez is also a graduate of the 418th POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI) class and holds POST Supervisory and Management certificates. When Rodriguez is off-duty, he enjoys being outdoors, running, going to the beach and spending time with his family.
The process for hiring sworn officers is both detailed and rigorous. All police department personnel go through an extensive pre-employment background process before a final hiring decision is made. The background process aligns with the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) requirements.
“Fabio brings two decades of law enforcement experience along with significant experience in building positive and effective community partnerships. Having a community oriented, native Spanish speaker on the Command Staff will bring a fresh perspective to our department, particularly our community policing strategies,” said Chief Gonzales.
Please join us in welcoming Captain Fabio Rodriguez to the Napa Police Department.