Chief Robert Davis has strong roots in the San Jose community, graduating from south
San Jose’s Dartmouth Junior High School and Branham High School. Chief Davis
completed volunteer service in Argentina for his church from 1977-1979, where he honed
his Spanish speaking skills. He graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A.
Degree in English with Honors, graduated summa cum laude from Golden Gate
University with a Masters of Public Administration Degree, and is a graduate of Federal
Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy and the FBI’s National Executive
Institute Program. As of November 1, 2009, Chief Davis will serve as the President of
the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association.
Chief Davis has been a San Jose Police Officer since 1980. He has spent over nine years
in the Patrol Division in varying capacities, along with distinguishing himself in the
following assignments. As an officer, he served in the Field Training Program and as a
Police Academy Training Officer. As a Sergeant, he was assigned to the Fraud/Burglary,
Night Detective, and Internal Affairs Units, as well as the Airport Division. While a
Lieutenant, he was the Commander of the Gang Investigation Unit for over three years.
As a Captain, Chief Davis served in the Bureau of Technical Services, where he was
instrumental in implementing the new Automated Information System and the nation’s
first Voluntary Racial Profiling Study. As a Deputy Chief, he commanded the Bureau of
Investigations and its 256 detectives and support personnel.
Training has been a focus of Chief Davis’ throughout his career. Since 1987, he has been
an instructor at the Evergreen Valley College Police Academy, where he has mentored
thousands of Police Recruits. Additionally, from 1993 to present Chief Davis has been a
certified Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commission Master Instructor
and has taught a wide variety of courses to law enforcement professionals throughout the
state. Over the last few years, Chief Davis has traveled to Honduras, El Salvador,
Venezuela and most recently to Guatemala and Nicaragua (September 2009) on behalf of
the State Department to provide training concerning anti-gang and community policing
strategies. Chief Davis currently serves as a Board Member for several non-profit
community groups, including the Board of the YWCA of Silicon Valley, the Santa Clara
County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Advisory Committee for Project
Cornerstone, as well as the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Chief Davis enjoys competing in triathlons. He rode a bicycle across the United States,
traveling 3,605 miles between Santa Cruz, California and Yorktown, Virginia in 36 days.
He is happily married and has a beautiful, 11-years-old daughter and a handsome five-
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