Assistant Chief of Police, Ret., Smart Public Safety
Dedicated to protecting communities and improving public safety operations by working with agencies to evaluate mission-critical technologies and determine the right solutions to work smarter and more efficiently from call to case closure.
Assistant Chief of Police (Retired), Ventura Police
Special Assistant City Manager (2004-2005)
Azusa Pacific University, Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management
California POST Command College
David Wilson’s commitment to serving his community and passion for Public Safety technology has driven his career as a police officer with Ventura, CA Police Department since 1987. He was promoted to Sergeant in January 2000, Commander in December 2002, and Assistant Chief of Police in 2013. Chief Wilson retired from Ventura Police Department in 2016.
During his 32-year career, Chief Wilson served in a wide range of assignments including patrol officer, field-training officer, SWAT, administration, ocean harbor officer, special enforcement team (Narcotics/Gangs), and detective. He served as a supervisor in Patrol, 9-1-1 Command Center, SWAT, and Professional Standards.
As a Sergeant in 2000, Chief Wilson was recruited to re-organize a joint Police/Fire 9-1-1 Center that was plagued with staffing shortages and failing outdated technology. He used this experience to leverage technology and well-trained personnel to increase the effectiveness of Public Safety services.
From 2004-2005 Chief Wilson served as Special Assistant in the City Manager’s Office. In this role, he led various projects within the city's municipal organization including Finance, Procurement, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Community Development.
In 2013, he was appointed by California’s governor to represent the California Police Chiefs Association as a Board Member on the State of California 9-1-1 Advisory Board.
He was honored as the City of Ventura's Supervisor of the Year in 2001, served on the Board of Directors for the Ventura Boys and Girls Club and volunteered for the Ventura County Special Olympics, as well as a variety of youth sports organizations.
Chief Wilson has been involved in various professional organizations including the California Police Chiefs Association, National and California Association of Tactical Officers, National Emergency Number Association (NENA), and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO).
Chief Wilson uses his years of experience as a public safety practitioner to advise public safety agencies on a variety of mission-critical solutions. As an experienced leader, the first step of enhancing safety technology within a public safety agency begins with a strong, trusted partnership. Chief Wilson works with agencies to understand their current operations and desired outcomes through the use of public safety solutions.