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Lieutenant Matthew Stapleton

Lieutenant Matthew Stapleton began his career at the Petaluma Police Department in 1988. His prior assignments have included patrol, narcotics and investigations. He has held a number of specialized assignments including SWAT and Field Training Officer. Lieutenant Stapleton was promoted to Sergeant in 1996. In addition to supervising patrol operations, he has previously served as Sergeant of the Street Crimes Unit, Traffic and the Investigations Division. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007 and is currently Commander of the Special Operations Division. Lieutenant Stapleton oversees both the Investigations Unit and the Traffic Enforcement Unit. He also manages the Petaluma Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team and the Hostage Negotiations Team.


Lieutenant Stapleton graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He is a 2001 graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisor Leadership Institute and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Leadership Development Program. In 2011 Lieutenant Stapleton graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Point Leadership Program.


Lieutenant Stapleton currently serves as an instructor at the Santa Rosa Junior College and has served in this capacity since 2002, where he teaches courses for both entry-level and in-service personnel from local, state and federal agencies. His current teaching assignments include the California P.O.S.T. Supervisory Course, Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure Law, Interview and Interrogation Law, Public Safety Officers Bill of Rights Act, Internal Affairs Investigations and Narcotics and Drug Influence Investigation.


You can reach Lieutenant Stapleton at 707.778-4458 or by email at mstapleton@ci.petaluma.ca.us

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Ken Savano, Chief of Police
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Petaluma, CA 94952


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