Bryan Pendleton recently retired from the San Diego Police Department since January of 1982. He currently works as a Sergeant for the Southwestern Community College Police. During his career with the SDPD, he worked patrol assignments in Northern, Southern and Southeastern Division’s as well as a brief assignment in Police Recruiting. In 1989, Bryan was appointed to a detective position in the Street gang unit where he worked until 1994.
In May 1994, Bryan transferred to the Homicide Unit where he worked for the next 4 years. His very first case as a homicide detective was the murder of 18-year-old Willie James Jones, 1994 class valedictorian at Lincoln High School and an aspiring doctor who had received a full scholarship to Cornell University.
Bryan promoted to Sergeant in 1998 where supervised a field officers at Central Division. He transferred back to the Street Gang Unit as a Detective Sergeant in 2002, overseeing the team assigned to “black gangs.” Bryan returned to the Homicide Unit in 2005. He is currently a Detective Sergeant assigned to Southeastern Division.
While in homicide some his team investigated the murders of 17 year-old Donna Hernandez, killed in 2005, 17 year-old Marchannae Johnson, also in 2005, and 15 year-old football standout Michael Taylor, and 17 year-old Monique Palmer both tragically killed while leaving a party in 2008. Bryan points out though there were many more murders his team investigated, the common thread between all of the victims is that they were kids. He refers to them as, “our kids.”
Bryan is a career member of the San Diego Black Police Officers Association, having held every elected office from Information Officer to President. He is the current President of the National Black Police Association’s Region 1 (formerly Western Region) and sits on the National Board of Directors.
Additionally, Bryan volunteers Thursday evenings feeding the homeless and mentoring “at risk” youth at the Salvation Army. No matter what he is doing, Bryan rarely misses an opportunity to speak with those kids. He strongly believes we, as police officers (especially black police officers), have an obligation to give back to our community. He retired from the San Diego Police Department in March 2015.