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Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel to Discuss the City’s New Drone Program

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel will address business and community leaders at the Greater Irvine Chamber Government Affairs Committee meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Chief Hamel will discuss Irvine’s new drone program, which has been implemented to help with search and rescue, fire monitoring, and acquiring access to miles of inaccessible terrain.

As the FBI’s #1-ranked Safest Large City in America since 2005, Irvine’s Police Department maintains a stellar reputation that helps to protect Irvine’s residents, business and visitors.

A 25-year law enforcement veteran who has been with Irvine Police Department (IPD) since 1995, Chief Hamel is the first Irvine Police Chief to rise through the ranks from police officer to Chief from within the IPD organization.

Chief Hamel began his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Los Angeles Police Department. In 1995, he laterally transferred to IPD, where he has worked in various assignments including as a patrol officer, field training officer, Special Weapons and Tactics officer, crimes against persons detective, and community service officer coordinator. In 2012, he was promoted to Deputy Police Chief, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department. He served in this role until his appointment to the role of Chief of Police in 2015.

Chief Hamel is a Governing Board Member for Community Services Programs – Victim Assistance Programs (CSP- VAP) and has served as a Board Member for Team Kids, Inc. He has been recognized for his work in victim advocacy programs, receiving awards including the Ambassador of Peace award from the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County and the Outstanding Victim Service Provider from CSP-VAP.

Chief Hamel holds a master's in public policy administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor’s degree in criminology, law and society from the University of California, Irvine.

For more information about the Greater Irvine Chamber’s work in government affairs and how to become involved, contact Whit Peterson.

Category: Advocacy News, chamber news

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