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Campus News
Week of August 5, 2002

Capt. Randal Quan of the Los Angeles Police Department Named Cal Poly Pomona's New Chief of Police

Randal Quan, the first Chinese-American captain in the history of the Los Angeles Police Department, has been named Cal Poly Pomona's new chief of police effective Oct. 1.

At Cal Poly Pomona, Quan will fill the role of current Chief of Police Kim Plater, who is retiring after 12 years of distinguished service at the university. Quan will oversee the safety and security needs of the campus, which include supervision of police, emergency preparedness, dispatch services, and the administration of several regional and federal grant programs.

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"There's no way for me to replace Kim Plater," said Quan, a resident of Walnut. "She has a terrific work ethic and a huge heart. I'll make every effort to fill the void she'll leave, but it will be difficult for anyone to fill. I see this as a tremendous opportunity, and I'm looking forward to providing a safe environment for the community to continue their education and do their work."

A seasoned law enforcement administrator with more than 25 years of experience, Quan currently serves as commanding officer of 335 sworn and civilian employees of the Los Angeles Police Department's Jail Division.

Quan initially joined the Los Angeles Police Department as a reserve police officer in 1975. He entered the Police Academy as a recruit officer in 1976 and graduated first in his class. He also holds a juris doctorate from Southwest University of Law and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Cal State Los Angeles.

"Randal Quan is a seasoned law enforcement professional and will be an exceptional addition to our team," said Tomas Morales, vice president for Student Affairs. "His wide range of experience should prove to be of great value and we are delighted that he will be joining the Cal Poly Pomona family."


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