Marcelo Blanco is a Lieutenant with the Upland Police Department and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander on 4-10 Swings. Marcelo has spent the last 24 years of his career with the City of Upland. He began his career in Law Enforcement as a high school volunteer through an ROP (Regional Occupational Program) class working in Crime Prevention. Upon graduating high school, he was hired part time by the Department as a Cadet. Several years later, he was hired full time as a dispatcher and later became the first civilian Crime Prevention Officer. Shortly thereafter, he attended the San Bernardino Valley College Extended Law Enforcement Academy and upon graduation hired as a Police Officer. He was assigned to the patrol division, later became an Explorer Advisor, D.A.R.E./S.R.O Officer, and a Terrorism Liaison Officer assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was promoted to Detective, where he investigated commercial thefts, missing persons, auto theft, child and elder abuse, sexual assaults and homicide. He was promoted to Sergeant where he worked within the patrol division; some of his collateral duties include; Explorer Coordinator, Mobile Field Force Team Leader, Bicycle Patrol Team Leader, Force Options Simulator Coordinator, and Terrorism Liaison Officer Coordinator. Currently as a Lieutenant, he is assigned to patrol as a watch commander.
Marcelo began representing his fellow officers shortly after getting hired as an officer. He began as an active member of the Upland Police Officers’ Association Political Action Committee. He rose through the ranks of the Upland Police Officers’ Association, culminating with 5 years as their president. Marcelo was first elected to be president of the Inland Chapter of PORAC and the PORAC Board of Directors representing the Inland Chapter in November of 2007. In November of 2009, he was elected Treasurer of PORAC. As Treasurer he is responsible for PORAC’s fiscal wellbeing, budget and reserves; in addition, he chairs the Budget and Fiscal Management Committees. Marcelo has had the opportunity to put to good use the accounting classes he completed while in Community College in earning his Business Administration Certificate.
Marcelo has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management an Associate’s degree in Liberal Studies with a certificate in Business Administration through Chaffey College. He possesses a Designated Subject Vocational Education Teaching Credential through the State of California and spends his spare time teaching Law Enforcement basics to Fontana Unified School District Students at Kaiser High School. Besides Law Enforcement and representing Police Officers throughout the State, Marcelo has a passion for educating the future of Law Enforcement. When he has spare time, you can find Marcelo with his prized possession in hand, his digital camera. Marcelo is an avid photographer of scenery.