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Bios - Assistant Chief Wahid Kazem

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Captain Wahid Kazem

Assistant Chief of Police Wahid Kazem was hired as a Santa Clara Police Officer in 1997. As an Officer, Wahid worked as a Field Training Officer, SWAT Team member, Peer Support Team member, and assaults Detective.

He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in September of 2002. He worked in the Field Operations Division as a patrol team supervisor before transferring back to the Investigations Division, where he initially worked as a property crimes investigator. He later became a lead person's crimes investigator working primarily homicide and assault cases.

In October of 2008, Wahid was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He returned to the Field Operations Division, where he worked as a Watch Commander and supervised the department's field training program. In March of 2011, Wahid was transferred back to the Investigations Division, where he served as the Acting Division Commander. In November, 2012, Wahid was promoted to Captain, and assigned as the Field Operations Division Commander. In July, 2015, Wahid transferred to the Administrative Services Division as Commander.

Wahid was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police in June, 2020.

Wahid has a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from San Jose State University. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy held in Quantico, Virginia and the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police held at Boston University.


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