Robert Handy was appointed Chief of Police in Huntington Beach on December 7, 2013. Since arriving in Huntington Beach, Chief Handy has worked with the City Council to increase staffing, resources and technology for the Police Department. Under Chief Handy's leadership, the Department has reorganized under an area command structure to enhance community policing and reduce crime. The Department has significantly increased its use of technology to enhance crime prevention and intervention over the course of the last few years. Chief Handy has placed a significant emphasis on retooling special event planning and policing through additional partnerships, programs and other methods to ensure safe family friendly events.
Chief Handy has helped enhance community based policing practices in Huntington Beach through a variety of programs and outreach efforts throughout the City. Emphasizing opportunities for officers to interact directly with the public in positive ways through programs such as Coffee with a Cop, Surfing with a Cop, Equine Therapy and various other community and youth programs has been a key to strengthening the relationship with the community. To further many of these community programs and other Department needs, Chief Handy collaborated with local community members to create The Huntington Beach Police and Community Foundation (HBPCF), a nonprofit operated by a board of directors from the community who direct donations to various Departmental programs. With its inception in 2015, the Foundation has since raised hundreds of thousands of dollars benefiting the Police Department and Huntington Beach Community.
Chief Handy comes to Huntington Beach from the City of San Bernardino where he served as the Chief of Police for more than two years. Chief Handy guided the San Bernardino Police Department through turbulent times as the City filed for Federal bankruptcy protection. After severe staffing reductions and multiple reorganizations, the Department stabilized to realize overall reductions in crime. Despite the financial crisis, the San Bernardino Police Department improved training, policies and organizational performance during Chief Handy's tenure. Prior to San Bernardino, Chief Handy was with the Phoenix, Arizona Police Department for 21 years. He started as a Police Officer and rose through the ranks to Commander. During his tenure in Phoenix, Chief Handy received various awards for his service including two Medals for Valor, two Medals for Lifesaving, Distinguished Service and Unit awards. Chief Handy served in a variety of assignments in Phoenix working uniform in five of six patrol precincts, Field Training, Gangs, Training, Task Force Commander, Tactical Support and Administration.
Chief Handy has been involved in various boards and commissions in the community and the policing profession. He currently serves as the President of the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley (BGCHV), Vice President of the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), Vice Chair of the Integrated Law and Justice Agency of Orange County (ILJAOC) and he serves on the Board of Directors for Huntington Beach Hospital. Previously, Chief Handy was the President of the Arizona Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) and served on various nonprofit boards and community groups in the Phoenix area.
Chief Handy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Chief Handy has been teaching and developing criminal justice classes at the university, community college and police academy levels for more than 20 years. He currently is an adjunct faculty instructor at California State University Long Beach and previously taught at Arizona State University, Phoenix College, several police academies and training institutions.
Chief Handy has received several awards during his tenure in Huntington Beach including the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council's Peace Maker Award, the Boys and Girls Club Man and Youth Award, Scouting's Spurgeon Award and the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute's (IPSLEI) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chief Handy is a proud husband and father. He and his wife Jennifer live in Huntington Beach and have two wonderful and successful daughters.
Chief Handy can be contacted via email HERE.
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