Redding Police Chief Peter Hansen to Retire Nov. 12

Redding Police Chief Peter T. Hansen has announced his retirement, effective November 12, 2011.

Hansen, 54, is a 28-year veteran of the Redding Police Department. He began as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks to become chief of police in November 2008. Just a year and a half later, Hansen announced he planned to step down from the top position after the city’s struggles during difficult budget times. But the chief soon took back that announcement, choosing to stay on and help the department through the rough financial period.

As chief, Hansen oversees a department of 98 sworn officers and 32 non-sworn personnel. He joined the RPD after serving as a deputy sheriff in Riverside County. He earned a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and has undergone extensive training through the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), including the POST Command College. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

During his tenure, Hansen has helped lead the department through unprecedented budget challenges prompted by the global recession and state spending cuts. Despite those reductions, Hansen has been proactive in helping the city obtain grant funding for retaining officers and to fund vital programs to combat gang activity and drunken driving. During his time as chief, Hansen also handled Redding’s boom of marijuana collectives.

“Peter Hansen has been an outstanding police chief,” City Manager Kurt Starman said. “The city of Redding and the RPD will miss his strong leadership and expertise.”

A nationwide search for Chief Hansen’s replacement will begin later this month, Starman said.

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3 Responses

  1. Avatar Dana Shigley says:

    Well, I am very sorry to see Peter retire. He has provided leadership to the department through some very difficult times. His leadership in the law enforcement community stretches beyond Redding, as well. He has played a key role in several regional efforts to reduce crime and has been a great supporter and resource for us in the City of Anderson. Thanks Peter, and enjoy retirement!

    Dana Shigley

  2. Avatar Steve Wopschall says:

    I am very sorry to hear that we are losing Peter as our Chief of Police. But I am happy for he and his family. I had the privilege of working with Peter when he was a Sergeant and then as a Captain. He brought an "Uncommon Sense" (Positive) to these positions. I am certain that he brought that same sense and perspective to C.O.P.

    Peter, best wishes to you and your family. Enjoy your well deserved retirement.

    Steve Wopschall, Former CSO 537.

  3. Avatar Les Baugh says:

    ”The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Dr. King’s quote reminds me of you Pete – standing strong through the most difficult times. From a grateful community; thank you for your service and best wishes in retirement.