Rudy Escalante

Investigations, Public Safety, Organizational Transitions



Private Investigator
California BSIS PI License 188047

Rudolph Escalante is a highly experienced private consultant who provides executive leadership and professional management services. Mr. Escalante has over thirty years of experience serving California communities as a Public Safety officer. He works to instill a high level of integrity and strong values within organizations, and fosters active community engagement to increase partnerships with key strategic stakeholders.

Mr. Escalante is a 2007 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University, a BS in Business Management from University of Phoenix, and an AS degree in Criminal Justice from Cabrillo College. He holds certifications for public safety and leadership, including P.O.S.T Executive Development courses and trainings. He is a licensed private investigator experienced in conducting complex workplace investigations.

Mr. Escalante began his public service career in 1985 as a Patrol Officer in Santa Cruz County. Over a thirty-year career, he rose to become a Police Lieutenant managing the Investigations Section. He developed strong skills in policy review, budget analysis, public relations, and community outreach. In 2009 Mr. Escalante assumed responsibility as Deputy Chief of Police in the City of Watsonville. He served there until 2012, when he became Chief of Police in Capitola. He held that post until his Honorable Retirement in 2016.

Mr. Escalante has developed strong relationships in the communities he serves. In Santa Cruz County he was a member of several stakeholder organizations such as the Santa Cruz Criminal Justice Council, the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team designed to combat gang violence and drug abuse, the Capitola Public Safety Foundation, and the Santa Cruz County Records Management System. He continues to participate in the Law & Legislative Committee for the California Police Chief’s Association and is their chair of the Firearms Committee. He has been the board chair for Janus of Santa Cruz, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Santa Cruz County, for nearly 20 years.