About Chief Toney Chaplin

Chief Chaplin’s over thirty-year policing career began when he joined the ranks of the San Francisco Police Department in June 1990. While assigned to patrol, he served at the Central, Mission, and Taraval stations. For the first several years, he was assigned as a patrol officer conducting proactive patrol throughout those districts

Chief Chaplin at his swearing in ceremony

In 1992, he joined the department’s anti-crime team known as TNT (Taraval Neighborhood Team) where he served as a community police officer. In 1995, he served as a narcotics investigator in the Narcotics Detail on the Street Enforcement Team where he worked on street-level narcotics interdiction.  Four years later in 1999, he was assigned to the Special Investigations Division as a Gang Task Force investigator.  

Not long after his debut as a seasoned investigator, began his rise through the ranks of leadership, promoted first to the rank of Inspector in 2001, sergeant in 2005, and lieutenant in 2012.  Merely two years into his stewardship as a lieutenant and patrol watch commander, he was selected to head the highly-coveted Homicide Division in 2014.  A year later in 2015, he was again promoted to the rank of Commander, taking the reins of the department’s entire Investigations Bureau.  Once again, his strong leadership preceded yet another promotion a year later, when he was named Deputy Chief and asked to take charge of the department’s newly established Bureau of Professional Standards and Principled Policing—a critical component to the City’s efforts to transform the department and to implement the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. He was appointed to his current rank in May 2016 where he manages the day-to-day operation of the San Francisco police Department. 

In May of 2016, with the sudden retirement of then-Chief Greg Suhr, Mayor Ed Lee turned to Chief Chaplin’s leadership and tapped him to lead the San Francisco Police Department as its acting chief of police.  After a permanent SFPD Chief was appointed in early 2017, Chief Chaplin was appointed the permanent rank of Assistant Chief of Police.  

In August of 2019, Chief Chaplin retired from the San Francisco Police Department. Chief Chaplin accepted the job as Hayward’s fifteenth Chief of Police on September 1st 2019. 

Chief Chaplin, an Oklahoma native, is a veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm.  He holds a bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership from Colorado State University. 

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