Chief of Police K. Childe
Chief Childe is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and grew up in the city of Fountain Valley. He was hired by Fountain Valley Police Department while attending Golden West College Police Academy and started his career as a Police Officer in 1990. He has worked a variety of assignments to include Patrol, K-9, and SWAT. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1999 and worked as a Patrol Field Supervisor, Detective Supervisor and oversaw the Departments Field Training Program. Upon promotion to Lieutenant in 2002 he returned to the Patrol Division and worked as a Patrol Watch Commander.
Upon promotion to Captain in 2004 he assumed command of the Patrol Division where he was responsible for frontline police services. In 2007 he assumed command of the Support Services Division where he was responsible for the Investigation Bureau, Dispatch, Records, Crime Lab, Property, and the Departments Budget. In 2012 he returned to the Patrol Division as the Patrol Division Commander.
He is actively involved in the California Police Officers Association which provides leadership training to police officers throughout the State. He has been an adjunct instructor at Golden West College for over a decade and has taught, trained, or mentored many police officers throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties. He currently manages the Returning Combat Veterans Scholarship program which provides scholarships for Veterans entering the Police profession.
He is a graduate of POST Command College class 40, the POST Executive Development program, and The West Point Leadership Program at the Los Angeles Police Department. He possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Education-Law Enforcement and a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Management from Long Beach State University.
He is married with two children and enjoys cycling and fitness activities when not busy attending club soccer games, soccer camps, soccer fundraisers, soccer team parties, or soccer tournaments with his family.