Tuck Younis, Chief of Police

Tuck Younis, Police Chief

Tuck Younis graduated from Chico State University with a degree in Community Services and was hired by the San Jose Police Department in 1978. During his career, Tuck had the opportunity to work a variety of assignments such as: Patrol, Field Training, Vice, Criminal Intelligence, Internal Affairs, Patrol Watch Commander, Violent Crime Enforcement Team, Horse Mounted, Air Support, and Special Investigations. As a Captain, Tuck worked in the Bureau of Administration overseeing Personnel, Training and the Fiscal Unit and also served as the Commander of the Special Operations Division managing special events, street level gang and drug enforcement, traffic and high-risk tactical operations for the department.

In 2005, Tuck was appointed the rank of Assistant Chief and served as the second-in-command overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Police Department. At the time of his service, the City of San Jose was the 10th largest city in the country, with a population of approximately one million and covered roughly 177 square miles. The department had 1,800 employees with 1,400 sworn officers.

In December of 2007, after 29 years of service, Tuck retired from the City of San Jose to become the Chief of Police for the Los Altos Police Department. The Los Altos Police Department has 48 employees with 30 sworn officers. 

Andy Galea, Operations Captain

Andy Galea, Captain of Operations

Andy Galea was sworn in as the new Police Captain for the Los Altos Police Department on August 24, 2009 and has assumed the role of Operations Commander overseeing Patrol, Investigations and Traffic. 

Andy started his law enforcement career with the Menlo Park Police Department and also served with the Foster City Police Department until he was hired by the San Jose Police Department in 1978. During his career with San Jose, Andy had the opportunity to work a variety of assignments. As an Officer he worked Patrol, Field Training and undercover Vice. As a Sergeant he worked Patrol, School Liaison, Narcotics-Covert Investigations, DEA Task Force, Airport Narcotics, Auto Theft, Court Liaison and the Information Center. As a Lieutenant he worked as a Patrol Watch Commander and also served as the Commander of the Special Operations METRO unit, Assaults Unit and High Tech Crime unit. As a Captain he worked in the Bureau of Investigations overseeing both the Property Crimes Division and the Person Crimes Division.

In January of 2008, Andy was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in San Jose and served as the Chief of Investigations and as the Chief of the Bureau of Field Operations. The Bureau of Field Operations has approximately 1,000 sworn officers and is the primary provider of police services for the City of San Jose. On August 7, 2009, after 30 years of service, Andy retired from the San Jose Police Department to join the Los Altos Police Department.

Andy holds a B.A. in Management from Menlo College and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, as well as the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development course.

Scott McCrossin, Administration Captain

Scott McCrossin, Captain of Administration

Captain Scott McCrossin attended the Criminal Justice Program at Long Beach State University and graduated with a degree in Administration of Justice from San Jose State University.  He joined the Los Altos Police Department as a dispatcher in 1997. 

During his tenure with the Los Altos Police Department, he has enjoyed serving in a variety of assignments.  After graduating the Police Academy with the top academic award in 1999, Scott began working as a patrol officer where he was twice recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his efforts in enforcing impaired driving laws.  Scott was later promoted to the rank of Agent and began working as a detective in the Investigative Services Division. 

In 2007, Scott was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he was assigned as a team supervisor in the Patrol Division.  In 2009, Scott transferred to the Investigative Services Division where he served as the Unit Supervisor.  Scott has also worked on the SWAT team, as a collateral assignment, where he was a tactical marksman and later appointed to the position of Team Leader. 

Scott was promoted to the rank of Captain in February 2016.  Captain McCrossin is currently in charge of the department’s general administrative functions.  He facilitates department training, emergency management, policy review and updates, technology projects, social media and other community outreach, vehicle fleet management and assists with the budget review process.  Captain McCrossin has enjoyed serving the City of Los Altos for nearly 20 years and looks forward to many more years of service in Los Altos.

Elizabeth Vargas, Police Services Manager

Elizabeth Vargas, Police Services Manager

Elizabeth Vargas began her career as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher with Santa Clara County in March of 1987. In March of 1989 Elizabeth moved to Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety (SVDPS) where she worked a variety of assignments including:

  • 9-1-1 Public Safety Safety Dispatcher
  • Communications Training Officer
  • Senior Public Safety Dispatcher
  • Administrative and Quality Assurance Senior Public Safety Dispatcher
  • Acting Communications Manager

In November of 2009 Elizabeth left SVDPS to pursue a position with the Los Altos Police Department as the Police Services Manager where she manages 9-1-1 Communications, Records, Property & Evidence and Public Safety Technology.

Currently Elizabeth is working on a Tri-City Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS) with Mountain View and Palo Alto Police Departments where we will join our technologies together virtually.

Elizabeth has a B.S. in Business Management.