Lieutenant – Professional Standards Division
Lieutenant Nick McGowan, an 18-year veteran of law enforcement, began his career in 2003 as a police officer for the Town of San Anselmo. He joined the Petaluma Police Department in July 2006 where he served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Gang Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Operator, Detective, and a member of the San Francisco Electronic Crimes Task Force. In 2017, Lieutenant McGowan promoted to Sergeant where he supervised patrol teams, the Gang Enforcement Team, the SWAT Team, the Peer Support Team, the Defensive Tactics Team, and the Traffic Team. Lieutenant McGowan is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and his Master’s degree in Cybersecurity Studies from American Military University. In March of 2021, Lieutenant McGowan graduated from the 455th Session of the Sherman Block POST Supervisory Leadership Institute.
Lieutenant McGowan currently oversee the Professional Standards Division.