Alan Barcelona leads a statewide law enforcement organization that is the central thread in the public safety net of California and one of America’s most fascinating law-enforcement groups.
The 7,000 members of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association that Mr. Barcelona is president of track down and arrest violent felons, put out fires, investigate the doctors and dentists we place our trust in, inspect the hospital you’re born in and the funeral home you’re laid to rest at, and everything in between, including the parks you visit, the beaches you swim on, the car you drive, and the food you eat.
In addition to his duties as president of CSLEA, Mr. Barcelona is also a Special Agent for the California Department of Justice. Prior to becoming a DOJ agent, he was a Senior Investigator for the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Mr. Barcelona started his law-enforcement career in 1981 as a Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriff, where he served as a Jail, Patrol, and SWAT Team officer . He also has taught at two police academies, Modesto Junior College and Delta Junior College in Stockton CA. Additionally, he is a POST commissioner, and a member on the Governor’s Medal of Valor Board.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Organization from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of La Verne. Mr. Barcelona makes his home in Sacramento, along with his wife and four children.
It is as president of CSLEA that Mr. Barcelona has made his biggest law-enforcement mark, taking over a lightly regarded, rag-tag group of sworn peace officers, investigators, and inspectors teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and turning it into a solvent, cohesive organization with a mission and purpose that have earned it the respect of governors and lawmakers in Sacramento.
Today, the 7,000 members of CSLEA who work in 180 different job classifications for the state of California are raising the standards of their professions to the highest in the nation.