Chief Neil H. Gang Police Chief Neil H. Gang began his career with West Windsor, NJ Police Department in 1988.
After several stops along the way to include Pembroke Pines, FL and Surprise, AZ, Neil was selected to become the Police Chief for the Pinole Police Department in 2014.
With over 30 years of experience at all levels of a full service agency, Gang’s policing strategy is progressive and innovative. He is an action-oriented problem solver who believes that leadership is all about building relationships and relationships build trust; without a community-oriented focus and partnerships, success could not be achieved.
Gang’s philosophy toward community engagement is his main focus, most notably seen through his development and effective use of Community Outreach programs.
His most relevant work focuses on innovation and community engagement, and in 2019 his agency was first in the Nation to create a Video Reporting program that allows citizens to utilize different platforms to report crimes remotely and still receive officer engagement.
Neil also was the first in the Nation to partner with ThinBlueOnline for their online de-escalation technology and training software. Neil has been involved in Special Olympics throughout his career and now in Northern California, where he is a member of the Northern California Executive Advisory Board.
He also participates in the annual Torch Run kick-off Conference, Bike the Bridges, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Tip-a-Cop, the Bay Area Games and the opening ceremony for the Northern California Summer Games.
In 2016, Neil was awarded the Special Olympics Northern California Chief of the Year. Neil is a graduate of the prestigious Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, where he was both the president of the class and the recipient of the Franklin M. Kremel Award for excellence in the field of leadership.
Neil has a Bachelor’s of Applied Science Degree in Administrative Justice from Wayland Baptist University and is a graduate of the California POST Management School.
He is also member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, International Hostage Negotiators Association, California Police Chiefs Association and the National Association of Police. Neil was also a past Northern California representative on the California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation Board and the Chairman of the West County Police Chief’s Association.