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About Us

Chief of Police, Eric ParraA 33-year law enforcement veteran, Mr. Parra's career began with the Sheriff’s Department in 1987 when he attended the Department's Training Academy as a member of Class #236. After graduating as a Deputy Sheriff, he held assignments at Men's Central Jail and Lynwood Station. Mr. Parra was promoted to Sergeant in 1993 and worked at Pitchess Detention Center - South Facility, Lakewood Station, Special Enforcement Bureau, and the Office of the Sheriff. In 2000, Mr. Parra was promoted to Lieutenant and worked at the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau, Los Angeles County Strategic Planning Bureau (LASD2), Industry Station and Special Enforcement Bureau. In 2004, Mr. Parra was promoted to Captain and served as the unit commander for the Emergency Operations Bureau and Reserve Forces Bureau. In 2010, Mr. Parra promoted to Commander in Custody Division. In 2011, Mr. Parra was selected as a member of the Commander's Management Task Force responsible for implementing reforms in Custody Division. In 2012, Mr. Parra returned to Custody Division to serve as the overall Operations Commander. In 2013, Mr. Parra was promoted to Division Chief of Custody Division, where he oversaw reform efforts and managed daily operations of Custody Services Division, General Population. In 2017, Mr. Parra was transferred to East Patrol Division, where he managed six patrol stations, twelve contract cities and thirty­one unincorporated areas.

Most recently, Mr. Parra served as the Chief of Police for the City of Alhambra. While in Alhambra, Mr. Parra implemented the Area Command Model for responsible policing, allowing for greater accountability and community involvement. He also enhanced the City’s homeless outreach efforts by partnering officers with mental health clinician to better address the needs of unhoused persons.

Mr. Parra graduated with a bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice from California State University, Long Beach and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University College of Law.  He is also a member of the California State Bar.

Mr. Parra resides in Huntington Beach and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children during his off-duty time.

The Huntington Beach Police Department currently has 230 funded sworn positions. These officers work a variety of details, including:

  • Patrol, Detectives and Narcotics Investigators
  • Directed Enforcement Team
  • Gang Unit, SWAT, and Beach Detail
  • Air Support Unit (ASU) and Motorcycle Traffic Officers
  • Homeless Task Force
  • Mounted Enforcement Unit (MEU) and Police Service Dog (K-9 Unit)
There are 150 civilian positions in the police department. Some of their roles include:

  • Parking Control Officers
  • Records Clerks
  • Communication Operators
  • Crime Scene Investigators (CSI)
  • Detention Officers
  • Community Services Officers (CSO)
  • Personnel / Human Resources
  • Community Relations / Volunteer Program
  • Administrative Support
These individuals provide law enforcement services to over 200,000 residents and 11 million visitors to Huntington Beach annually. The police department patrols all 32 square miles of the city and 8.5 miles of beaches using police vehicles, ATVs, motorcycles, helicopters, and on foot. Click the link to learn more about the HBPD and the Adopted-Budget FY 2023/24.

The Huntington Beach Police Department employees are committed to serving the community with honor.