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Detective Division Commander


Deputy Chief Joe Cartwright

Deputy Chief Joe Cartwright is currently assigned as the Detective Division Commander. The Detective Division Commander exercises line command over personnel in the Detective Division and serves as a member of the Command Staff and the Management Team. 

Deputy Chief Cartwright holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Deputy Chief Cartwright is a graduate of several advanced law enforcement training courses, including the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Force Science Institute Certification Course, and the California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University's Drucker School of Management.

Deputy Chief Cartwright began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Police Department in January 1999. In 2002, he joined the Newport Beach Police Department. He has worked in a variety of assignments, including Patrol Officer, Accident Investigator, Economic Crimes Detective, Crimes Against Persons Detective, and Crisis Negotiation Team Member. In 2010, he promoted to the rank of Sergeant and worked as a Patrol Sergeant, Field Training Program Sergeant, Crisis Negotiation Team Supervisor, and Professional Standards Unit Sergeant. In 2014, he promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as the Area 4 Commander, Area 2 Commander, Jail Manager, and Traffic Services Commander.

Deputy Chief Cartwright is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Newport Beach 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) which provides support and relief for U.S. Marines and their family members who are injured, ill, distressed or otherwise in need of financial or other assistance.

To contact Deputy Chief Cartwright’s office, please call 949-644-3790.

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