Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter
Craig Carter has worked for the Escondido Police Department since 1990 when he was hired as a Police Reserve Officer. Craig was hired as a Police Officer Trainee in 1992. Craig has risen through the ranks and was ultimately promoted to Chief of Police in August 2013.
Craig has worked in nearly every division in the Escondido Police Department. Chief Carter was a member of the DUI enforcement team, SWAT, Off-Road Motorcycle Team, and has been a vocal advocate for the Community Policing philosophy. He has served as an incident commander for several of Escondido’s critical incidents. Craig spent several years as the department’s press information officer and even served four years as the police association president.
He was an adjunct instructor at Palomar College for over 20 years teaching in the Administration of Justice department and police academies. In 2007, Chief Carter trained Marines at Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in the area of community policing, crime scene management, basic criminal intelligence and crime scene investigation prior to their deployment to Afghanistan.
Craig has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is a graduate of the POST Command College. Craig’s specialties include emergency management mitigation, preparedness, and community policing.
In 2016, Chief Carter was appointed to the State 911 Advisory Board under Governor Brown.
Chief Carter has served as president of the San Diego County Chiefs’ & Sheriff’s Association since 2014.
Chief Carter is married with three grown children.