After serving as an Infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corps, Dan Llorens was fortuitously hired by the Fountain Valley (CA) Police Department in 1988 and found a lifelong desire to serve and protect. Dan’s early assignments included SWAT, gang investigator and field training officer. As his responsibilities and rank increased, Dan oversaw the Special Investigations Unit (narcotics and vice), steered the department’s transition towards a regional SWAT team, and the creation of a school resource officer program. Dan also took the lead in establishing the department’s policing philosophy based upon a data-driven approach to crime and traffic safety.
In 2011, Dan was honored to be sworn in as Fountain Valley’s fifth police chief and focused on repeat offenders, homeless outreach, the use of technology and social media. Looking for new challenges, Dan retired from Fountain Valley in 2017 and accepted a position as assistant police chief (operations) with the Los Angeles Airport Police, overseeing the day-to-day airport protection duties of over 800 law enforcement professionals at LAX and Van Nuys.
Among other educational pursuits, Dan received a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. Dan left active law enforcement in 2020, and now focuses on faith, family, and writing on law enforcement topics.
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