2023 – Deputy Chief Cyndy Velazquez


Deputy Chief Cyndy Velazquez was a Chicago Suburban police officer for over 30 years.  Cyndy trained at the Chicago Basic Police Academy in 1990 and was the first female recipient of the Outstanding Recruit Award.  Working her way through the ranks, Cyndy has served as a patrol officer, Sergeant, Detective, Lieutenant and Commander of the Investigations Unit.  When promoted, Cyndy was departments the first female Deputy Chief.  Along with that honor, she was also named the first female Assistant Commander for the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force. 

Chief Velazquez has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Administration.  She served in the United States Army and was granted the Outstanding Squad Leader Award.  Cyndy attended the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command and is currently a defensive tactics and physical fitness instructor at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy where she was named Instructor of the Year in 2013.  Cyndy has also taught Rape Prevention.

Cyndy has been an instructor for Calibre Press since 2013 and serves as the lead and subject matter expert on all of our female specific courses.  She currently teaches Female Enforcers, Emotional Survival for the Female Enforcer, Women in Command, and Guardian on the Grounds.  Cyndy is a keynote speaker and also works in the private sector training in workplace safety.