Leonard A. Mata is a Lieutenant with the Administrative Services Division. His career began with the San Diego Police Department in 1982, and he was hired as an Oceanside Police Officer in September of 1984. He held a variety of assignments as a police officer which included Patrol, Canine Handler, Field Training Officer and the Beach Team.
He was promoted to sergeant in 1992 and held positions as a supervisor that included the Canine Unit, Primary Response Team, Peer Support Team, Special Enforcement Section (Narcotics-Vice) and Administrative Services Division. Mata was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007.
Born and raised in the Oceanside Community, Lieutenant Mata is a graduate of Vista High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Phoenix.