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By Henrietta J. Burroughs              Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012    
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Acting Police Chief Federico Rocha

The appointment of East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis as the city's interim city manager left a major question for city residents. Many of them asked, “If Davis is the interim city manager, then who will head the East Palo Alto Police Department?”

Now that question has been answered. On March 5, the day he officially started in his new position as interim city manager, Davis announced that he had selected Federico Rocha, who was a captain in the East Palo Alto Police Department, as East Palo Alto's Acting Police Chief. Rocha first came to the community's attention when he became the director of the East Palo Alto Operation Ceasefire program, an anti-violence program that was based on a national program, which is credited with achieving a 50% reduction in crime involved shootings.

Before his recent appointment as the city's Acting Police Chief, Rocha was the Interim-Captain in charge of the East Palo Alto Police Department's Investigations and Operations Divisions. Rocha has had a distinguished career that included two tours of duty in Vietnam. His service in Vietnam earned him a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Later, he received the Medal of Valor and the Medal of Merit for his service in the Oakland Police Department. In 2003 Rocha was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as the United States Marshal for Northern California. His nomination was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. He served in this position for seven years until he retired from federal service in 2010.

See Rocha's complete bio here.


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