On Thursday May 16, 2024 the Rotary Club of Glendale was thrilled to officially induct Sgt. Teal Metts as a member of our club.

Teal was born and raised in Glendale and in 1995 started his law enforcement career at the age of 19 as a Glendale Police volunteer/intern. Shortly thereafter he became a Police Cadet knowing this profession was what he wanted to do.

In 1997, Teal was sworn in as a Reserve Police Officer where he worked on his college degree and in 2000, he would be sworn in as a full-time Police Officer. He worked in patrol and became a DUI Expert, receiving multiple Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) awards on both the County and State levels for hundreds of DUI arrests and educating both police officers and the public in this area. He would go on to mentor new officers as a Field Training Officer and later transfer to the Downtown Policing Unit as a retail crime investigator where he spent seven years before promoting to the rank of Sergeant in 2017.

Teal has been a Glendale area history buff for many years, and more specifically, is the Glendale Police Departments historian. He designed and managed the construction of the Department’s Museum Project, which after four years in concept, fundraising and building, opened in the police station lobby in 2018. Teal remains the curator of the museum which offers the public the opportunity to see the Departments history and allows new officers a glimpse at the legacy in which they are responsible for maintaining.

In 2019, Teal transferred to his current position as the Training Bureau supervisor which manages all department training, High Reliability Organization audits, firing range operations, and the EMT program to name a few. In addition to these training duties, he also oversees the Emergency Vehicle Operations program where he is an instructor, as well as acting as the Department’s fleet manager.

Teal has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminology from Cal Poly Pomona and is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. He is the recipient of multiple awards including the Police Chief’s Award of Excellence, Distinguished Service Award, and Officer of the Year as well as multiple community organization awards.

In his spare time, Teal enjoys spending time with his children, building show cars, amateur auto racing, hiking, and visiting museums.