Glendale Police Department Commander Andre C. Anderson has a distinguished 27-year career as a public servant and law enforcement professional. He has served as a commander for the Glendale Police Department for 27 years. Commander Anderson is most known for serving as the interim police chief for the Ferguson Police Department after the wake of significant protest that stem from an officer involved shooting. During his tenure, he led a new approach that incorporated faith-based outreach strategies to address civil unrest, help ease tensions and create better relationships in the community.
Moreover, as former police chief, he introduced and led modern day evidence-based community policing practices and assisted the department with the US Department of Justice Consent Decree levied as a "Pattern or Practice of Discriminatory Policing." Currently, Commander Anderson serves as the Glendale Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Commander where he leads the activities of the Special Operations Division, and previously led the Criminal Investigations Division, and the Patrol Division.
A leader in excellence, with the confidence and ability to execute high impact decisions while projecting long-term impact, Commander Anderson is a United States Army veteran and a former professional athlete (boxer). He holds a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public safety administration from Grand Canyon University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy (class 251), the Northwestern Police and Staff Command School, and West Point’s Leadership in Police Organizations Command School.
Commander Anderson strongly believes that “the identification of dedicated police professionals who exemplify the organization’s image, while remaining committed to community policing, and the organization’s values are the keys to success.”