Chief Steve Hunt
Chief Steve Hunt began his career with the City of Azusa Police Department in December 1989 as a police officer trainee. Chief Hunt is the 13th Chief of Police for the City of Azusa.
Over his career, Captain Hunt has been an Explorer Advisor, Field Training Officer, SWAT Operator, SWAT Team Leader, SWAT Commander, Narcotics Detective (Special Enforcement Team), Gang Detective, Terrorism Liaison Officer, Firearms Instructor, Patrol Lieutenant, and recently finished a tour as Detective Bureau Lieutenant. Each of these experiences has prepared him for his role as Operations Commander. While working those assignments, Captain Hunt learned from his colleagues and supervisors alike.
In 1995, Captain Hunt was awarded the Department’s second highest honor; the Meritorious Service Medal, for his role in apprehending extremely violent suspects, who conducted a take-over robbery of a credit union. After shooting at police officers, the suspects were apprehended when they crashed their getaway vehicle during a pursuit.
Previous members of the Arcadia Police Explorer Post 101, where Captain Hunt started in law enforcement.Captain Hunt was raised in the San Gabriel Valley, and attended high school locally. While in high school, he was a police explorer with the City of Arcadia and attended the San Gabriel Valley Law Enforcement Explorer Academy. As a police explorer, he was mentored by former Arcadia Chiefs of Police, Neal Johnson (deceased) and Bob Sanderson (retired), along with other Arcadia Police Officers/Advisors.
After being hired with the Azusa Police Department, Captain Hunt became an Explorer Advisor. Having been a product of an explorer program, he wanted to give back to a program that focuses on developing youth for future careers in law enforcement. Captain Hunt keeps in contact with some of his fellow former explorers and many of them are currently law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County.
Service to Country
Captain Steve Hunt is a United States Army Veteran, who proudly served with the 1/75th Ranger Battalion. He attributes many of his leadership qualities and core values to his experience in Ranger Battalion and from the examples of his commanders who lead him. He brought those experiences with him to the Police Department and accredits Ranger Battalion for much of his success over the years.
Striving for Excellence
Captain Hunt earned his Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Citrus Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach in Occupational Studies and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University.
Captain Hunt strives to provide sworn and non-sworn personnel in his command with excellent training, equipment and working environment, so they in turn, can provide the best service to our community. He believes Azusa Police Officers provide “Professional Service to a Proud Community” just as our motto states.
On a Personal Note
Captain Hunt is an active and strong supporter of the Special Olympics program.On a personal note, Captain Hunt is married and has one daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family and he and his daughter have been actively involved in volunteering for the Special Olympics for several years. Their favorite event to volunteer for is the awards presentations at the regional track meets. This year’s meet is where Captain Hunt met Ridwan; an athlete from Azusa.
Captain Sam Fleming
Captain Sam Fleming began his career with the Azusa Police Department in February of 1983, as a police cadet. Rising through the ranks, Captain Fleming now serves as the department's Administrative Division Commander.
In this capacity, Captain Fleming oversees the following units and personnel:
- Administrative Services
- Fleet/Building maintenance
- Jail operations
- Contract services
- Fiscal budgets
Over his career, Captain Fleming has held the following positions in the department:
- Field Training Officer
- SWAT Team Member
- SWAT Team Leader
- Narcotics Detective Supervisor
- Firearms Instructor
- Jail Manager
- Training Sergeant
- Patrol Sergeant
- Patrol Lieutenant
Recipient of The Meritorious Service Medal
In 2016, Captain Fleming was awarded the department’s second highest honor; the Meritorious Service Medal. This prestigious award for Captain Fleming's role in assisting the federal government with the investigation of a major drug cartel. The case led to several indictments, the seizure of over one ton of narcotics, and several weapons.
Captain Fleming was raised in the San Gabriel Valley, moving to Azusa when he was 12 years old. As a long term member of the community, Captain Fleming has both witnessed and participated in the revitalization of this great city to what it is today.
Striving for excellence, Captain Fleming earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Union Institute & The University of Cincinnati in Criminal Justice Management and Organizational Leadership.
Lieutenant Paul Dennis
Lieutenant Paul Dennis is currently serving as the Acting Operations Division Captain.
Originally from England, Lieutenant Dennis grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. It was his athletic career that introduced him to the great City of Azusa in 1986. Lieutenant Dennis earned a Track & Field scholarship in high school to attend Azusa Pacific University and has remained in the city ever since. He has been a member of the Azusa Police Department since 1992. He was hired by the City of Azusa as a Jailer responsible for the booking, processing and overall welfare of arrestees housed in the city jail. Lieutenant Dennis spent 1 ½ years as a Jailer before applying for the position of Police Officer.
Lieutenant Dennis became a sworn Police Officer in February of 1994.
Special Assignments and Duties
Lieutenant Dennis has worked an array of assignments during his career with the Azusa Police Department. Those assignments include Jailer, Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, S.W.A.T. Team Member, sniper and S.W.A.T. Team Commander. He has served as a detective, Traffic Division Manager, Detective Lieutenant, Use of Force Instructor and Sector Area Commander for both the eastern and southern portions of the city.
A Firm Believer In Lifelong Learning
Lieutenant Dennis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University. In addition to his sworn duties as a Police Officer, Lieutenant Dennis is an Adjunct Instructor teaching Introduction to Preliminary Investigations and Introduction to Criminal Justice Courses at Citrus Community College. In his free time, Lieutenant Dennis enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He is a big basketball fan and enjoys watching and playing the game.