- Business Advocacy
The Assistant Chief of Police in Alhambra is retiring after 32 years of service to the department and the community. A lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley, a 19-year-old Ms. Wiese learned about a Police Parking Cadet program in Alhambra. She signed up, worked the night shift, and never looked back.
Her next job at the Alhambra Police Department (APD) was as the jailer. She was the first woman to hold that civilian post. At the same time, she went back to school at the Rio Hondo College/Police Academy to earn a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certificate.
Her education and on-the-job training led to her being hired as a sworn officer into the APD as a patrol officer in 1989. By 1992, Ms. Wiese was promoted to detective in the Robbery/Homicide Division. Among her proudest achievements during that time was to be a crucial member of a 30-member task force that captured a serial rapist who had terrorized Florida, then the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to the San Gabriel Valley. Later she took over a cold case that led to the capture of a man who had murdered his wife.
Her experience led her to every aspect of policing in Alhambra. Along the way, she was able to incorporate her own interests into police work. An avid cyclist, Ms. Wiese initiated a police bicycle patrol and served as a bicycle patrol officer from 1996 to 2001. Her ambitions earned her the nickname Commander among her fellow officers, a nickname that stayed with her until she actually became a commander in the Department. By then she started to be affectionately called Mama Wiese by the younger officers because she informally served as their mentor.
Another of her personal interests is golf. She co-created the policy that led to the annual Alhambra Police Foundation Golf Tournament. Six years ago, she took charge of that event and during her tenure the amount of money raised through the tournament for charitable work has increased every year.
One of the recipients of these funds was the YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley. Last year, the Police Foundation was able to pay for 25 youngsters to attend a week of fun and learning at Camp Ta Ta Pochon. YMCA CEO Valarie Gomez credits Ms. Wiese with being an important partner in the community in quietly but effectively supporting the less fortunate.
Ms. Wiese has set Dec. 30 as her retirement date, but she has no plans to quit working. Her next goal is to work in the office of the District Attorney in Los Angeles. Currently there are no openings for a position there but that has not stopped her in the past.
“Assistant Chief Jennifer Wiese will be remembered as a passionate leader who served the community of Alhambra for over 30 years with distinction and compassion,” said Police Chief Timothy Vu. “She loved her job, the community she served, and most importantly, the people she served with at the Alhambra Police Department. She is a unique leader, who blends toughness, humor, and compassion to accomplish the mission. On behalf of the men and women at the Alhambra Police Department, I want to wish her well in her retirement.”
The Alhambra Chamber of Commerce thanks Jennifer Wiese for her long service to Alhambra and wishes her all the best in her new endeavors.