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Chief Roca

Chief of Police Charles Roca

Chief Roca was born and raised in Allentown. He graduated from Louis E. Dieruff High School in 1993, and graduated from King’s College – Wilkes Barre, PA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 1997. Assistant Chief Roca graduated from the Lackawanna College police academy in 2001.

Roca joined the Allentown Police Department in 2002 and was assigned to the 3rd Platoon. He was transferred to the Vice Unit and, after several years of conducting investigations in the Vice Unit, he transferred back to the patrol division, 2nd Platoon, upon certifying as a K9 handler with K9 Canto.

In April of 2012, Roca was promoted to Sergeant and served on the 4th Platoon, 2nd Platoon, and returned to the Vice Unit as a supervisor. Roca also served as the K9 Unit supervisor. In April 2016 Roca was promoted to Lieutenant and assumed command of the 1st Platoon. In August of 2017 he was transferred to the 4th Platoon. In April of 2018 he was promoted to Captain. Captain Roca is assigned to PSA 2, in addition to overseeing the 2nd Platoon. Captain Roca has also served as a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team.

In August 2020, Roca was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations. Then, in June 2021, Roca was promoted to Interim Chief of Police. City Council confirmed Roca’s nomination for Chief in September 2021.