The City of Titusville, Florida / Police / NewsJohn Lau Named New Police ChiefTuesday, September 17, 2013
City Manager Mark Ryan has announced the appointment of John Lau as the Chief of Police for the City of Titusville effective September 16, 2013. Lau served as the department’s Interim Chief since August of 2012 after the retirement of Chief Anthony C. Bollinger.
Chief Lau, who grew up in Long Island, New York, is a twenty-one year veteran of the Titusville Police Department. He started his career in 1992 after graduating from the police academy at then Brevard Community College’s Melbourne Campus.
John was promoted to Detective in 1996. While a Detective, he was named Titusville’s “Officer of the Year”, and Brevard County’s “Detective of the Year”. John was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and was awarded the department’s “Supervisor of the Year” in 2003. He was promoted to Commander in 2004, and Assistant Chief in 2007.
John obtained his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida, and his Bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Warner University. John is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Session.
“Not only did I recognize his longstanding career in Titusville, but the leadership he has shown the department and the community throughout his career”, stated City Manager Mark Ryan, who announced the appointment on Monday. “Chief Lau is well respected within the law enforcement community and I expect great achievements for the department under his leadership”, Ryan added.
Chief Lau named the filling of several police officer vacancies in the department as one of his first priorities as Chief. “When we are fully staffed, we can be far more effective with proactive approaches like reinstating our crime suppression unit”, stated Chief Lau. “We have the most committed men and women in law enforcement right here in Titusville, and I am very excited about our department’s future”, added Lau.