Interim Chief Jaime Ayala

Jaime Ayala
Interim Chief of Police

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Interim Chief Ayala began his career in law enforcement in 1989 and has served in a variety of leadership roles. He rose through the ranks in Arlington and is an accomplished police executive with over 31 years of service to the Arlington community. He is an advocate for collaboration with community stakeholders and all entities to make Arlington a safe destination. He implemented a Tourism Oriented Policing philosophy to support Arlington's vibrant attractions.

Interim Chief Ayala holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Science Degree in Communication Studies from Texas Christian University and a Master Peace Officer Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Chief Ayala is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute and the FBI National Executive Institute. He served as an adjunct professor at TCU for over 5 years.

Professional accomplishments include being the law enforcement incident commander for the 2016 presidential visit in Dallas, Texas. He also led "Operation Spotlight" which was a top finalist for the Herman Goldstein Award in 2008. He led efforts to reduce human trafficking during Super Bowl XLV and was extensively involved in planning aspects for major events held at AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park in Arlington. This includes two World Series, a Super Bowl, and numerous college championship games. Assistant Chief Ayala was awarded the State of Texas Medal of Valor and is a proven leader with a wealth of experience.