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, Chief 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, Detective Bureau Lieutenant and Operations Commander. While working those assignments, Chief Hunt learned from his colleagues and supervisors alike.
In 1995, Chief 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.
Chief 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 by the Azusa Police Department, Chief 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. Chief 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
Chief 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 the Ranger Battalion for much of his success over the years.
Striving for Excellence
Chief 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.
Chief 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
On a personal note, Chief 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 Chief Hunt met Ridwan; an athlete from Azusa.