THE EXPERIENCE OF WAI TING in the
lobby of the San Diego Police Department’s (SDPD) central station is unlike
any other—there is a distinctly foreboding
feel to the place, spoken mostly in the
glances between patrons, an air of dark
curiosity about the circumstances that
bring people to interact with the law.
Which is what makes Christine “Chris”
Haley, Warren ’89, seem so out of place
when she arrives to greet us—warm
and cheery, like she’s inviting us to her
home as we head upstairs to her office.
Haley’s demeanor may be far from the
classic hardboiled crimefighter, but just
one conversation proves that this environment is exactly where she belongs.
Haley has worked at the SDPD ever
since she graduated from UC San Diego
with a degree in economics. Though she
has never worked out on the streets, she
has considerable knowledge about the
many facets of crime. As the SDPD’s
supervising data analyst, Haley provides
officers with the crucial information they
need to respond and properly protect our
communities. For over 25 years, it’s been
a career that aligns perfectly her core
values and professional ambition.
“I really wanted to help my community,”
Haley says. “I grew up in San Diego [and]
lived here pretty much my whole life.
My parents both worked for the county.
My boyfriend at the time, now husband,
worked for the county. So public service
is ingrained in what I believe in.”
THROUGHOUT HER TIME at SDPD, she
has been tasked with everything from
testing software programs for police
officers to her current charge of leading
the information services program. Haley
is now organizing a total renovation of the
department’s communication technology,
while continuing to provide the vital statistics that benefit officers in the field and the
public at large. In short, she’s improving
how data analysis can help curb crime.
As one would expect with a career
spanning over two and a half decades,
Haley has seen the department undergo
a considerable evolution. With a smile,
she recalls the process of collecting data
when she first started. “I still have this,”
BY VAL SKERKAVICH, ’ 17
AND BRANDON YU, ’ 16
Chris Haley,’89, finds
satisfaction from decades
of serving public safety.