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Lieutenant Zachary Bales

Sacramento Police Department
Research and Development
Lieutenant Zachary Bales has been married over 20 years and the proud father of four boys who
keep him busy with coaching and athletics. Prior to his law enforcement career, he served 4
years in the US Army as an Armored Cavalry officer rising to the rank of Captain. During his
time in the service, he was awarded The Army Commendation Medal, The Army Achievement
Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon,
Parachutist Badge, The Draper Armor Leadership Award, and the Army Physical Fitness
Excellence Badge.

Lieutenant Bales became a police officer with the Sacramento Police Department, the capitol of
California in 2002. He has held a variety of assignments and positions including patrol, fugitive
apprehension, major violent crimes investigation, homicide detective, undercover detective,
patrol supervisor, backgrounds and recruiting, internal affairs, and various leadership positions.
He is currently assigned to the Training, Research and Development Division, where he is the
head of futures research and advanced officer training.

Lieutenant Bales’ academic accomplishments include graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a
bachelor’s degree in Law and Society in 2002. In 2018, he earned a master’s degree in
Intelligence with a concentration in Criminal Intelligence, with honors, from American Military
University. In 2020, he earned a Graduate Certificate from the University of San Diego in Law
Enforcement Command. Lieutenant Bales also has graduated from POST Management School
in 2014, the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute in 2015, Class #369, POST
Command College Class #65 in February 2020, and the POST Executive Development Course in
October 2020. Over the course of his career, he has earned the California POST Basic,
Advanced, Supervisory, and Management Certificates. Some of his professional memberships
have included California Peace Officers Association, California Narcotics Officers Association,
California Homicide Investigators Association, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in
Social Sciences, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Police Executive Research
Forum.