Andy Galea, Chief of Police

Andy Galea was sworn in as the new Police Chief for the Los Altos Police Department on December 15, 2016 after serving 7 years as the Operations Captain for the Los Altos Police Department.

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.

The Los Altos Police Department has 48 employees with 30 sworn officers.

Scott McCrossin, Captain

Scott McCrossin, Captain


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. With the promotion of Andy Galea to Police Chief, Captain McCrossin will also oversee the Operations Division until the next Captain is selected. Operations is comprised of Patrol, Investigations, Traffic, Canine Handler and the Reserve Divisions.

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.