Chief Luis Soler was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Woodland on June 2017. Prior to this, he served for over four years as the Chief of Police for the City of Crowley, Texas, a first ring suburb of Fort Worth, where he also served as a Lieutenant prior to his appointment as Chief.
Prior to Crowley, Chief Soler served for over a decade with the Austin Texas Police Department, where he served as a police officer, senior police officer, field training officer, adjunct instructor, police corporal/detective, and acting sergeant. A native of Puerto Rico, Chief Soler has vast experience working in diverse communities, and has a strong conviction toward the community policing philosophy.
Chief Soler is a Certified Public Manager (CPM), and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Cornell University and a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement Management from Aspen University. He is a graduate of the 373rd Session of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, the West Point Leadership Academy, the 2010 session of the Southern Police Institute’s Chief Executive Leadership Program, the 37th Session of the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute’s Executive Management Institute, the FBI LEEDA trilogy series, and the IACP’s Leading by Legacy course. Additionally, he is a certified NIMS/ICS instructor, and a graduate of the FEMA Emergency Planning Professional Development Course.
Chief Soler is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA). Chief Soler currently serves on the IACP’s Training and Education Committee, and is a former member of the Police Administration Committee. He also currently serves as the Western Regional Chair in the Executive Committee for the IACP's Mid-Size Agency Division, representing mid-sized agencies in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific U.S. territories. Additionally, Soler also served as an advisory member to the IACP's Small Agency Section in 2015, and as a national instructor/consultant for their Leading by Legacy course between 2014-2015. Currently, Chief Soler also serves as a member of the California Police Chiefs Association's Training Committee and in the Legislative Committee. He has also been a speaker at the IACP's annual conferences in 2015, 2016, and 2017 presenting topics such as: generational differences in the workplace, social media for police agencies, procedural justice, and body camera program implementation.
During his tenure as Chief in Texas, Soler served as a Regional Director for the Dallas/Ft. Worth and North Texas Region of the Texas Police Association, as a member of the Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee for the North Central TX Council of Governments, as a member of the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Ethics Committee, and as a Lead Assessor for the Texas Police Chief’s Best Practices Recognition Program, the State’s accreditation program for law enforcement agencies.
Chief Soler is a 2011 recipient of the FBI LEEDA’s Leadership Trilogy Award, and he currently serves as a national instructor for them, teaching executive, managerial, and supervisory level leadership and policing best practices classes to law enforcement leaders across the nation.