Patrol lieutenants represent the first level of command within the organizational structure. Lieutenants serve as watch commanders, each holding 24-hour functional control during certain days of the week. Lieutenants are responsible for supervising patrol sergeants, police officers and civilian personnel who carry out day-to-day crime suppression and prevention functions. Lieutenants ensure appropriate staffing levels and the effective deployment of officers on all patrol watches. Lieutenants routinely respond to scenes of serious crimes such as homicides, major robberies and civil unrest. Lieutenants will frequently attend community meetings to advance the Department’s goals through collaboration with community members and groups. In addition, lieutenants perform administrative functions, coordinate with outside agencies, and work with citizens and business groups. Lieutenants ensure appropriate and timely training of line staff and oversee performance review protocols. To ensure a high quality of service, lieutenants may conduct internal affairs investigations, and continually ensure compliance with the Department’s policies and procedures.
Lieutenant Casey Donovan
Lieutenant Donovan began his career with the Redwood City Police Department in 1999, and has held a variety of assignments during his time including Patrol Officer, Street Crimes Suppression Team Detective, SWAT team operator, and Detective. In 2012, Lieutenant Donovan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he served as a patrol supervisor, FTO Sergeant, and Detective Sergeant in the Investigations Unit. Lieutenant Donovan is also a member of the San Mateo County Critical Incident Investigations Team.
Lieutenant Donovan graduated from St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco and attended Chico State University and San Francisco State University, majoring in Public Administration. Lieutenant Donovan is a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Leadership Program.
Lieutenant Ted Henson
Lieutenant Ted Henson began his law enforcement career with the Escondido Police Department in March of 1993. After graduating from the San Diego Police Academy, Lieutenant Henson served as a Field Training Officer, SWAT Officer and has worked a variety of investigative assignments including Narcotics, Vice, Family Protection, Criminal Intelligence and Homicide. In 2007, Lieutenant Henson lateraled to the San Diego District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Criminal Investigator in the Special Operations Unit, Complex Fraud Unit and was also part of the Dignitary Protection and Threat Assessment Team. In 2012, Lieutenant Henson was promoted to the position of Supervising Criminal Investigator, overseeing investigative personnel and complex investigations.
Lieutenant Henson joined the Redwood City Police Department in July of 2012 and in 2013, was awarded the Department Medal of Valor and Lifesaving award for his actions during a large structure fire. In 2016, Lieutenant Henson was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as a Patrol Supervisor. Lieutenant Henson is currently assigned as the weekend Patrol Watch Commander.
Lieutenant Henson previously served in the United States Marine Corps where his service included a deployment to the Middle East during the Persian Gulf War and the liberation of Kuwait. Lieutenant Henson is a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program and holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Palomar College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Arizona State University.