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Congratulations Lieutenant Whalen!


On Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Chief Maggard swore in Lieutenant Bill Whalen in a ceremony at the Police Department.   Lieutenant Whalen fills the vacancy created by the recent retirement of Lieutenant Al Murray.


Lieutenant Whalen began his career with the Garden Grove Police Department in 1989 as a Reserve Officer.  He became an officer with Garden Grove in 1991 where he worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and attained the rank of Master Officer I. Officer Whalen promoted to Detective in 1995 and worked assignments in Vice, Narcotics, and the Orange County Drug Enforcement Agency’s task force.


After moving to the Irvine Police Department in 1999, Lieutenant Whalen worked in Patrol, as a Field Training Officer, a Spectrum Policing Team member, and in Investigations as a Portola Detective.  Additionally, Lieutenant Whalen has served on the Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT) for the past eight years. 


In 2003, Lieutenant Whalen promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  He has supervised Patrol, SWAT, and worked in the Office of Professional Standards.


Lieutenant Whalen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Masters degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach.  He has a Certificate from California State University, Fullerton in Public Employee Leadership, and is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.  Additionally, Lieutenant Whalen is a faculty member of the University of Phoenix Criminal Justice Program.


Lieutenant Whalen will be assigned to Operations Support as a Patrol Watch Commander and as the Emergency Management Lieutenant.