Chief Fred Armijo was born and raised in Oceanside and graduated from Oceanside High School in 1989. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University in December, 2016. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 278, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Oceanside Promise. He was an Oceanside lifeguard before joining the Police Department in 1994.
Chief Armijo worked patrol, the Neighborhood Enhancement Team, the Primary Response Team, and was a detective and a department trainer prior to promoting to Sergeant in 2001. As a sergeant he served as a patrol team supervisor, a SWAT team leader, and the Professional Standards Unit supervisor prior to promoting to Lieutenant in 2007. As a lieutenant, Chief Armijo served as a Watch Commander, SWAT Commander, and worked in Administrative Services where he oversaw Training, Financial Services, Fleet and the Public Information Officer program. He promoted to captain in 2011 and has overseen the Administration and Field Operations Divisions (presently knows as Support Operations and Patrol, respectively). Chief Armijo was appointed as Oceanside's 19th Police Chief on March 11th, 2021.