John J. Neu was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Torrance October 2006. His law enforcement career spans over 23 years, and he is the 8th police chief to serve the City of Torrance. Chief Neu began his career in law enforcement with the Pasadena Police Department and transferred to the Torrance Police Department in August of 1985, rising to the rank of Captain in July of 2002.
The Torrance Police Department currently has over 300 employees and serves a culturally diverse community of 143,000 people, covering 20.5 square miles. Torrance is the 6th largest city in Los Angeles County with a Police Department budget of $55 million. It is noted for being one of the safest cities in the country.
Chief Neu holds numerous training certificates and awards in law enforcement including recognition from the United States Department of Justice Organized Crime Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Attorney's Office. Chief Neu has testified before the U.S. Congress on issues relating to Homeland Security and Domestic Terrorism. At the Torrance Police Department, he established Focus Based Policing and the Supervisory Development Course currently in use for training new supervisors. Chief Neu also implemented the Department's latest recruitment program, incorporating a multi-media approach using current technologies.
Chief Neu was born in Redondo Beach, California and raised in Torrance, California. He attended West Torrance High School and earned an associate degree in Justice Administration from El Camino College in 1983. Chief Neu received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Criminal Justice from Chapman University.