The Indio Police Department is pleased to welcome Christopher C. Shaefer as its new Assistant Police Chief, overseeing Support Services. Assistant Chief Shaefer began his new post on February 14, 2018.
Assistant Chief Shaefer joined the Indio Police Department after serving as the Assistant Director for the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs (PGA) of the United States Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) since March 2015. As Assistant Director, Assistant Chief Shaefer served as a principal advisor to the Director and Deputy Director and was responsible for overseeing ATF’s public, Congressional, and intergovernmental affairs, as well as ATF’s information disclosure and transparency efforts. Prior to assuming that position, Assistant Chief Shaefer served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Management; Deputy Assistant Director in PGA; the Special Agent in Charge in the Atlanta Field Division; and Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Los Angeles Field Division, among other leadership positions.
Assistant Chief Shaefer began his law enforcement career in 1982 as a police officer for the City of Manteca, California, where he worked several assignments including patrol, detectives, and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). In 1992, he accepted a position with ATF as a special agent and was assigned to the Sacramento I Field Office, Sacramento, California. In April 2000, he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent of the San Francisco I and later the San Francisco II Field Office, San Francisco, California. In May 2004, Assistant Chief Shaefer was transferred to ATF Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served in the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations – Inspection Division.
Throughout his ATF career, Assistant Chief Shaefer has worked and supervised numerous federal firearm, explosives, and arson investigations. He is a trained tactical crisis negotiator and was assigned to the Bureau’s elite Special Response Team (SRT) for four years. In 2002, he was detailed to the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was a shift supervisor of the Olympic Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Assistant Chief Shaefer is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in Criminal Justice. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major City Chiefs Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum.
Assistant Chief Shaefer is married, and he and his wife, Janice, have three adult sons.