Diane Urban

CSUEB alumna Diane Urban is the highest ranking woman at SJPD.

CSUEB grad highest ranking woman at SJPD

  • December 6, 2010 5:43am

It was a criminal justice class at Cal State East Bay that inspired Diane Urban to pursue a career in law enforcement.  She became a San Jose Police Department patrol officer in 1986 and earlier this month was promoted to acting assistant chief. This move now makes her the highest-ranking female police officer in San Jose history.

 San Jose Mercury News reporter Sean Webby recently profiled Urban and her accomplishments. From winning NCAA championships for discus throwing to becoming the chief sharpshooting sniper for her unit, Urban talks about how she preserved through obstacles and adversities.

When times are tough, her father's powerful words swirl in her head: "If it was easy," her dad reminded, "anybody could do it."

"I remind the men and women that we all wanted to make a difference," she said. "We do in fact serve the public, and we are accountable to them…The community depends on me, and I will not let them down.''

Read the Mercury News article.

Congrats, Diane!


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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