Captain Dan Winter was hired by the Santa Clara Police Department in 1999 after working several years for the Pacifica Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. As an officer, Dan worked patrol and was later named the department’s first ever recruiting officer. After developing the department’s recruiting program, he was promoted to Sergeant in 2002.
As a Sergeant, Dan was assigned to the Field Operations Division, where he worked as a patrol team supervisor before being named the department’s training Sergeant. He worked in training briefly, before being assigned to the Professional Standards Unit as the Internal Affairs Sergeant. He completed his assignment as the Internal Affairs sergeant and then returned to patrol.
In 2008, Dan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He served as the dayshift Watch Commander and Traffic Lieutenant in the Field Operations Division before being named the department’s Communications Lieutenant. As the Communications Lieutenant he supervised the 9-1-1 dispatch center and oversaw the department’s radio system. He has been integral in the creation of a proposed new countywide Project 25 (P-25) radio system.
Captain Dan Winter possesses an Associate in Arts Degree in Administration of Justice, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management, and a Juris Doctor in Law from Santa Clara University. He was admitted to the California Bar as an attorney in 2005. He is also a graduate of the 250th Session of the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.