Alhambra Chief of Police Mark Yokoyama will serve as the 93rd president of the California Peace Officer's Association (CPOA), an organization dedicated to providing leadership and resource development, educational opportunities, legislative advocacy, and mentorship.
Yokoyama said he plans to strengthen the sustainability of the organization and advocate for legislation during his term as president, as well as to educate the public on "the great things police officers do on a daily basis," and on police practices.
Yokoyama has been the chief of the Alhambra Police Department since 2011 and says his presidency will not hinder his involvement in Alhambra: "There will be no change in my involvement with the Alhambra Police Department and I will be 100 percent available and accessible to the community and department and will remain focused on all the projects and services we provide."
The Alhambra Police Department credits Yokoyama's leadership for recent accolades regarding their work with social media and targeted patrols to decrease crime rates. "Through his leadership, the Alhambra Police Department has enhanced community policing and community engagement through technology and social media," said the department in the press release. Yokoyama and the department partnered with Alhambra Source to create a Weibo, or Chinese Twitter account.