Eric Lewis

Deputy Chief Bureau of Field Operations (BFO) 2

Portrait of Eric Lewis

Police Department

During the course of his 29-year career, Deputy Chief Eric Lewis has served the citizens of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department in nearly every capacity. He began his career as a Patrol Officer and enjoyed several years working as a solo motorcycle officer. After being promoted to Sergeant in 2005, Deputy Chief Lewis led the first Late Tactical Unit dedicated to illegal sideshow enforcement. He also developed the first dedicated task force assigned to deal with unlawful cruising and drag racing in the City. After several years working as a patrol supervisor, Deputy Chief Lewis worked in the Criminal Investigations Division, investigating crimes ranging from petty theft to homicide, and then moved on to the Internal Affairs Division. During this time, he authored the policy to manage the use of interview room cameras to facilitate criminal investigations.

Deputy Chief Lewis earned his Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from St. Mary College, he also earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. Deputy Chief Lewis is a graduate of the Post Executive Development Course, Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), Northwestern University Executive Management Program, and the prestigious P.O.S.T. Command College.

In June 2021, Lewis was promoted to his current position of Deputy Chief of Police Bureau of Field Operations 2. He has worked hard to increase community trust through engagement such as community walks, bicycle rides, and backpack giveaways. Through his efforts, Deputy Chief Lewis has remained aware of disparity in stops of people of color and has implemented mobile command posts in some of the area's most challenging communities.

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