Chief Maggard Swears in Mike Hamel as Deputy Police Chief
On July 31, 2012, Commander Mike Hamel was sworn in as Deputy Police Chief of the Irvine Police Department, during a ceremony at City Hall. Hamel’s promotion fills the vacancy left after the retirement of Deputy Chief Jeff Noble.
Hamel began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Police Department, before transferring to the Irvine Police Department in 1995. He has served Irvine as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, member of SWAT, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Most recently Hamel was the Police Commander of the Portola area of Irvine.
“The Irvine Police Department is a first-class organization, with many dedicated professionals committed to providing only the highest level of service,” said Deputy Chief Hamel. “I am excited to be a part of this organization and the opportunity to serve both the community and the department in my capacity as the new Deputy Police Chief.”
In 2004, Deputy Chief Hamel received a meritorious service award for his work in the Investigative Bureau as the department transitioned to Geographic Policing. Two years later, for his work with Irvine youth, he was honored as an “Outstanding Supporter of Prevention” by the Irvine Prevention Coalition and received the “Safe Places" award from Team Kids, Inc.
Deputy Chief Hamel earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Ecology with an emphasis in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine and a Master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach.
He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations program.