Craig Potter is an experienced, professionally trained law enforcement manager with extensive experience in administrative investigations, criminal investigations, policy formulation and review of liability incidents. Craig retired in October 2013 with 30 years in Law Enforcement at the rank of Lieutenant. His expertise is in conducting, reviewing and managing Internal Affairs Investigations and Policy Management.
Craig served as President of the Board of Directors for the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy –Sacramento for the past five years and is now the Immediate Past President. Craig also served as a Law Enforcement Liaison for the California Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD).
The majority of Craig’s law enforcement career was with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department where he worked in corrections, patrol, FTO, detectives, Internal Affairs, Investigations Sergeant with the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, and Jail Watch Commander along with being a Patrol Watch Commander and Traffic Bureau Commander with the contract City of Elk Grove.
In 2005, Craig was selected to be on the transition team for a newly created Elk Grove Police Department as the Assistant to the Chief of Police which began in 2006. He was tasked with the hiring and background process of approximately 200 employees within the first eight month period of EGPD.
Craig’s last assignment with Elk Grove PD was the Commander of Professional Standards for four years. This assignment involved management of Internal Affair’s cases to include recommendations and findings of discipline, Administrator of the Lexipol Policy Manual and coordination with the City Attorney’s office. In his career, Craig worked on over 250 Internal Affairs cases and has assisted outside agencies with support and case management of Administrative Inquiries and Investigations. At EGPD, Craig has reviewed 200 plus Use of Force cases as Chairman of the Use of Force Committee.
In 2013 Craig was hired by the Lodi Police Department as a Professional Standards Officer for the Lodi Police Department in civilian position. In this position, he was tasked with conducting an overview of their Internal Affairs Unit and making recommendations to the Chief of Police. Other duties included: Internal Affairs Investigations, background investigations, policy manual implementation, reviewing policy manual updates, Pitchess Motions, implementing a new software product to track IA cases and early intervention as well as implementing a Use of Force review board to track, monitor and provide training for use of force incidents. Craig also trained Lodi Police supervisors and Mangers in Internal Affairs Investigations and provided expertise in formatting an Internal Affairs review process along with improved documentation procedures.
In 2015, Craig started Craig Potter Investigations & Consulting, Inc. business focusing on Professional Standards Bureau case work for Public Safety Agencies. The firm is fully licensed through State of California Bureau of Investigative Services and insured.
Craig holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sacramento State University. He has also attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA (class 242) along with the LAPD West Point Leadership program. Craig was also served as an instructor at the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Basic Academy for ten years.
Craig is currently a member of the National Internal Affairs Association, FBI National Academy Associates, CPOA, and California Association of Licensed Investigators.
References available upon request from Police Chiefs, City Attorneys and City Managers.