Captain Jorge Zamora was born and raised in Watsonville and graduated from local schools. His parents, originally from Michoacán, Mexico, were local field workers when he was growing up. In July of 2021, he was appointed to Acting Assistant Chief of Police.
Jorge has a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from Saint Mary's College of California. He also possesses a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University. Jorge is a life long learner and a 21st century leadership practitioner.
Jorge's law enforcement career began in 1991 when he became a Watsonville Police Department Cadet. He later joined the Community Service Officer program and shortly after attended the police academy. At the age of 21, Jorge was sworn in as a police officer for WPD.
Jorge's law enforcement experience includes patrol, gang and narcotic enforcement, S.W.A.T., detectives, field training officer, hostage negotiations, walking beat, Regional Occupational Program instructor and youth mentorship. Jorge is also a criminal justice management course instructor at the Union Institute and University undergraduate program. He is a court recognized gang expert and the departments S.W.A.T. commander.
Jorge promoted to sergeant in 2009 where he supervised a team of patrol officers and later administered the Field Training Officer Program.
In October 2011, he promoted to lieutenant and was assigned as the Community Services manager, where he oversaw the School Resource Officer program, parking enforcement, Neighborhood Watch program, guest speaker requests, the Post Incident Team, and the Ride-A-Long program. He is currently one of the operations commanders for the patrol division.
Jorge serves on the P.V.P.S.A. board, is a member of Freedom Rotary and the current chair of the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force.