Command Staff

  1. Abdul D. Pridgen

    Abdul D. Pridgen

    Chief of Police
    Phone: 510-577-3229 / 510-577-3253

    Abdul D. Pridgen is the Chief of the San Leandro Police Department. He was appointed in 2021 to serve alongside a dedicated group of community guardians in one of the most diverse cities in the country. He is proud to have been born and raised in The Bronx, NY. The rich cultural diversity and abundant opportunities he experienced have greatly influenced the person he has become. Chief Pridgen is an open, honest, authentic, and approachable leader who understands citizens' vital role in co-producing community safety. Throughout his career, he has put systems in place to increase the public's confidence in the police, reduce crime, and assure that policing for safety, not incarceration, is each officer's focus. Chief Pridgen recognizes every employee's value to the agency and heavily invests in their training, resources, and professional development.

    "I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside the members of the San Leandro Police Department as we endeavor to exceed expectations. It will take us all working together and amplifying all voices. Based on a remarkable alignment of desired outcomes and working in partnership, I am confident we will prosper. I know we have the ability, the compassion, and the conviction to make San Leandro a shining example of what present-day policing must be."

    Experience Prior to Law Enforcement

    Prior to being appointed San Leandro Police Chief, he led the Seaside Police Department. In Seaside, he made procedural justice, transparency, and winning the community's trust department priorities. Before serving Seaside, Chief Pridgen honorably retired from the Fort Worth Police Department after almost twenty-six years of loyal service. He promoted through the ranks and was appointed to second-in-command in 2009-ultimately becoming the first and only Black Assistant Chief. He was known for his effectiveness at employing evidence to drive organizational change and his principled approach, promoting ethical policing and fostering a culture of answerability.

    Before entering law enforcement, Chief Pridgen was a Sailor in the armed forces, serving in Desert Storm. He was honorably discharged after his six-year active-duty commitment and retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Chief Petty Officer.

    Education

    Chief Pridgen holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, FBI National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute, and Harvard Kennedy School, Senior Executives in State and Local Government-he went on to receive an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from Harvard. Chief Pridgen is passionate about volunteering to improve community outcomes at the national, state, and local level. He is a Senior Advisor for Measures for Justice, a member of the Executive Committee for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County, President of the California Police Chiefs Association, President of the Institute for Transparent and Accountable Policing, Past President of the Monterey County Chief Law Enforcement Officers Association, Past President of the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team, and Past Chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force for the Reduction of Youth Violence.

    Personal Life

    Chief Pridgen is a proud husband and father. He has always had a servant's heart and, from an early age, served all comers on the streets of The Bronx who wanted an electric boogie showdown. Though today he's put his dancing shoes aside, in what little spare time he has, Chief Pridgen enjoys spending quality time with his family, volunteering, exercising, golfing, and playing basketball.


  2. Luis Torres

    Luis Torres

    Police Captain (Bureau of Operations)
    Phone: 510-577-3247

    Captain Luis Torres began his law enforcement career in 1992 as a Police Explorer in his hometown of Salinas, CA. After graduating from high school, he attended San Jose State University where he was a Police Cadet. While attending San Jose State, he happened to come across a recruiting table for the San Leandro Police Department. He applied and was ultimately hired by the San Leandro Police Department on October 15, 1998.

    Assignments & Roles Within the Department

    He has worked a variety of assignments including patrol, hostage negotiations, crime scene technician, school resource officer, sexual assault/juvenile crime detective, background investigator, and personnel and training.

    Captain Torres has served as the commander overseeing the K-9 Program, Hostage Negotiations Team, Color Guard, Professional Standards and Training Unit, and Patrol Division.

    Captain Torres was the Bureau of Operations Captain for over five years before taking over the Bureau of Services in July 2020. He is also the Emergency Services Manager for the City of San Leandro. He was appointed as Acting Chief in February 2021.

    Education

    His education consists of an Associate's Degree from Evergreen Valley College, a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University, and a Master's of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego. He has received leadership training from the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police, and the California Police Chief's Executive Leadership Institute at Drucker.

    Board / Committee Involvement

    Captain Torres is the Northern California Associate Member Representative on the California Police Chief's Association Board of Directors and serves on the training committee.


  3. Ali Khan

    Ali Khan

    Police Lieutenant Criminal Investigations
    Phone: 510-577-3285

    Acting Captain Ali Khan began his career with the San Leandro Police Department as a Public Safety Dispatcher in 2000. After working in our communications center, he decided to further advance his career in law enforcement and was hired as a Police Officer. In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant, and in 2019 he was promoted to Police Lieutenant.

    Department Roles

    Ali has worked in several divisions within the Department, including Patrol, Professional Standards, and Criminal Investigations. He has also worked in various assignments, including Special Victims Detective, Evidence Response Team, Hostage Negotiations, Peer Support Team, Explorer Advisor, and Volunteer Advisor.

    Ali is currently assigned to the Bureau of Services as an Acting Captain and the Police Department's Press Information Officer.

    Education

    Ali holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management. He also graduated from Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and Executive Leadership Institute at Drucker School of Management at Claremont University. Captain Khan is currently working on his master's degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego and will graduate in May 2022.


  4. Denise Lenz

    Command Staff Administrative Specialist
    Phone: 510-577-3253