The structure of the Davis Police Department will change slightly under new Police Chief Darren Pytel, who took over in January for retiring Chief Landy Black. The Davis Police Department formally announced it was naming two deputy chiefs, Ton Phan and David Delaini.
The department will keep the remaining three lieutenants in place – Paul Doroshov, Tom Waltz, and Glenn Glasgow.
Ton has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, first joining the Fairfield Police Department as a police cadet and later serving as a Public Service Employee. In January 1990, after graduating from the police academy, Ton was hired as a police officer with the Davis Police Department. Ton left Davis PD and worked as a police officer in the cities of Fairfield and Vallejo before returning to Davis PD in 2001. Ton was promoted to sergeant in 2002 and lieutenant in 2011.
Ton has worked a number of assignments, including: patrol, traffic/motors, narcotics, investigations, and professional standards. Ton has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach. He is also a graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police – Leadership in Police Organizations program and is currently attending the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Command College.
Ton will oversee police operations, which includes patrol, investigations, and records and communications.
“I look forward to developing our employees and training future leaders in our department,” stated Ton Phan. “I strongly believe in building community partnerships in order for the entire organization to be successful. And I look forward to doing just that.”
David has over 34 years of law enforcement experience, first joining the Davis Police Department as a police cadet in 1982. After graduating from Davis Senior High School, David served in the California Army National Guard as a sergeant in the Military Police Corps. David was deployed to the Middle East and served in the Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm).
After completing his active duty assignment in the National Guard, David returned to Davis PD, serving as a police aide and reserve police officer before being hired as a full-time police officer in 1994. David worked a number of assignments, including: patrol, narcotics, and field training. He was promoted to sergeant in 2002 and served as a watch commander.
David left Davis PD in 2007 to join the West Sacramento Police Department as a lieutenant. During his 8 ½ years with the West Sacramento PD, David served as a commander for every division in the department. David returned to Davis PD on February 15, 2016, as a deputy police chief.
David has Bachelor of Science Degrees in Criminal Justice and Italian from California State University, Sacramento, and a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He is also a graduate of the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Command College.
David will oversee administration and professional standards.
“I am very excited about returning to the Davis Police Department,” states David Delaini. “I have lived in Davis most of my life and I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the community that I am proudly a part of.”
In November, the city of Davis announced that it was hiring 32-year veteran police officer, Darren Pytel, as the new chief effective January 1.
Mr. Pytel has over 32 years of public safety experience in Davis, first joining the Davis Police Department in 1983 as a police cadet. He was subsequently promoted to bike enforcement officer, police officer, sergeant/watch commander, lieutenant and captain, and has served as the assistant police chief of the department since 2013.
Mr. Pytel’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from CSU, Sacramento, and a Juris Doctor-Cum Laude from Lincoln Law School.
“Darren Pytel, with his knowledge of Davis and his experience in the field, rose to the top of the applicant pool. He understands the challenges of police work in Davis and has a strong operational and management background. Appointing Assistant Chief Pytel to Police Chief will provide the department with continuity, aid in a smooth transition and continue to develop what is already a very professional department,” stated City Manager Dirk Brazil, who announced the hire while vacationing.
Darren Pytel is replacing current Police Chief Landy Black, who announced his retirement on October 6 and will formally retire on December 31, 2015.
Chief Black has served as the Davis police chief for nearly nine years. “Landy has been instrumental in preserving public safety in Davis and fostering community confidence in the services the department provides. His talent and expertise will be missed,” said Mr. Brazil.
—David M. Greenwald reporting