Captain Mike Bertelsen is the operations division captain.
Captain Bertelsen grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. He attended schools and worked in neighboring communities until he was hired as a jailer in March of 1994. As a jailer, Captain Bertelsen was responsible for the intake and processing of arrestees, as well as the monitoring of inmates preparing to go to court or other custodial facilities.
After a year in his assignment, Captain Bertelsen applied for the position of police officer trainee. After successfully completing the testing process, he reported to the Rio Hondo Police Academy in Whittier. After graduated the academy, Captain Bertelsen was assigned to the patrol division in August of 1995.
Special Assignments and Duties
After working as a patrol officer, Captain Bertelsen worked a collection of special assignments, to include field training officer, property crimes detective, gang crimes detective, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant, detective lieutenant, and captain.
In addition to special assignments, Captain Bertelsen has worked collateral assignments as an explorer advisor, citizen's academy instructor, community service officer/police aide supervisor, social media team supervisor, Azusa Golden Days liaison, field training officer manager, reserve police officer coordinator and terrorism liaison officer supervisor.
An Innovative Approach To Gang Enforcement
While working as the gang detective, Captain Bertelsen created the department's Gang Specialist Unit, which provides opportunity for greater gang intervention, prevention, and enforcement. The program has been highly successful and is a core component to keeping the residents, business owners and visitors safe.
The Medal of Courage
In 2004, Captain Bertelsen was awarded the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Medal of Courage. While off duty, Captain Bertelsen assisted deputies in apprehending a combative suspect that was armed with a handgun. Thanks to his assistance, the suspect was safely arrested.
A Proponent of Higher Education and Community Outreach
Captain Bertelsen holds an Associates Degree in Administration of Justice from Mount San Antonio College, a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from Cal Poly Pomona, and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University.
Captain Bertelsen is a strong proponent of community outreach efforts by law enforcement. He believes it is absolutely necessary for the Azusa Police Department to have a strong relationship with the community. Through this relationship, additional efforts of open communication and community engagement can only strengthen, thus further propelling the city of Azusa into being one of the best cities in southern California.