Pete Callewaert, Commander

Cmdr. Pete Callewaert

Pete Callewaert

Sheriff’s Commander

Commander Pete Callewaert serves the Law Enforcement Services Bureau as the Support Commander. His responsibilities include management of the Emergency Services Division (Special Enforcement Detail, Bomb Arson, ASTREA, Canine Program, Reserve Program, Search and Rescue), Communications Center, Crime Laboratory, Property and Evidence Traffic Services, Sheriff's Analysis Led Policing Team, Special Events Unit and Volunteer Services Unit.

Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Department in 1988, Commander Callewaert served in a variety of assignments as a Lieutenant and Captain in the U.S. Army.

As a deputy, he served in the Detentions Bureau, Vista and Fallbrook Patrol Stations, the Training Division and the Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2000, where he served in the Detentions Bureau, Vista Patrol Station, San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Special Investigations Division. Promoted to Lieutenant in 2008; Commander Callewaert served the Santee and Vista Patrol Stations, and the Weapons Training Unit. He was promoted to Captain in 2012, and served as the Station Commander for Lemon Grove, Rancho San Diego and Imperial Beach Patrol Stations and the Special Investigations Division. He was promoted to Commander in 2015.

Commander Callewaert received a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada-Reno, and was honored with the U.S. Army ROTC Commissioning program's Distinguished Military Graduate Award. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne, Ranger and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Officer courses and the FBI National Academy. He is a POST Certified instructor in patrol operations, firearms, defensive tactics, and emergency vehicle operations.