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May 13, 2011 > Hayward police chief to retire

Hayward police chief to retire

By Meenu Gupta

After nearly 35 years in public service with the Hayward Police Department, Police Chief Ron Ace will retire this year. Appointed as Interim Police Chief March 31, 2008, the promotion was made permanent January 5, 2009.

Chief Ace reorganized Hayward's police department with an emphasis on community policing. "My goal was to reorganize the police department structurally and implement a community concept of policing that involves districts."

"In 2008 we created two districts; a North and a South," says Ace. "It has moved along quite well and has been very successful."

Hayward's police standards match the highest and most rigorous of any in the nation. Synchronized Multi-Agency Safe Housing program (SMASH), part of the Hayward Police Department's Strategic Plan "2008 and Beyond" is successfully managing problem properties. Police team with the City Attorney's Office, fire department, and parole and code enforcement officials to focus on problem houses and apartment buildings.

A five minute presentation and film of the SMASH program was presented at a national law enforcement summit earlier this year. "It is a well recognized program that may be replicated in other agencies," he said.

Hayward PD is also in the process of upgrading its computer aided dispatch system. "The system that we currently employ is 20 years old and not working as well as it should." Ace said. "The geographic mapping system will let us know where our officers are at all times and make analyzing crime trends much easier, providing timely information to prevent and deter crime."

After retirement, Chief Ace is planning to spend more time with his family. His wife is also retiring after a 40 year career as a nurse.

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