Golden West College Criminal Justice Training Center Appoints Retired Police Chief as Its New Coordinator

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Rick Hicks, Chief of Police (retired) of the Placentia Police Department, will become the coordinator of the Golden West College Criminal Justice Training Center on August 1, 2014.

Chief Rick Hicks

Chief Rick Hicks

'We are so delighted to have someone of Chief Rick’s character, experience and dedication to public service join the GWC Team.' ~ Ron Lowenberg, Dean/Director

Chief Hicks brings 39 years of California Law Enforcement experience to this important position. The coordinator of the Criminal Justice Training Center (CJTC) is the “second in command” of all aspects of the Center’s mission. The coordinator would be considered the Captain or Deputy Chief in a law enforcement chain of command, and the dean/director is considered the Chief.

“We are so delighted to have someone of Chief Rick’s character, experience and dedication to public service join the GWC Team,” said Ron Lowenberg, CJTC Dean/Director.

Chief Hicks began his career in law enforcement as a patrol officer with the Fullerton Police Department in 1975. He joined the Santa Ana Police Department in 1979, advancing to the position of Commander (Lieutenant). In 2001, Rick became the Operations Division Commander for the City of Cypress, and by 2003 had climbed the ranks to Chief of Police.

After five years and numerous achievements in Cypress, Chief Hicks was recruited by the California State Department of Justice to work with the City of Maywood to reform its Police Department. He re-wrote the Department’s policies and achieved “best practice” status, acknowledged by the Department of Justice.

In 2011, Rick was hired as Chief of Police in the City of Placentia, where he was responsible for the delivery of police services to a diverse community of approximately 55,000 people. He retired in 2014 and accepted the CJTC Coordinator position.

During his successful career in law enforcement, Rick has found time to teach. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the GWC Criminal Justice Training Center since 1985, where he has been instrumental in the development of multiple learning domains. He also served as a Recruit Training Officer (RTO) and Senior RTO for a number of years. As the Senior RTO, he ran the program in much the same manner as today’s Academy Coordinator.

Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands and a Master’s in Public Administration from USC. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (1996) and the FBI National LEEDS Academy (2006).


The Golden West College Criminal Justice Training Center (CJTC) is designated as a regional law enforcement training institution by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). The Center offers a POST Regular Basic Course (RBC Police Academy), POST Special Investigators Basic Course (SIBC Academy), Semester Length Courses leading to an AA Degree or Certificate, and Short Term Courses for currently employed law enforcement personnel.

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