Chief Pete Dunbar started with the Oakland Police Department in 1982. He worked as an officer in Patrol and Special Operations until his promotion to Sergeant in 1987. As a sergeant, he worked in Investigation and Patrol. He was the first supervisor in the Oakland Hill Fiore and received a Medal of Merit for directing officers in evacuation efforts. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1991 where he worked in Training and Patrol. He was promoted to Captain in 1996 where he oversaw Investigations and worked in Patrol. In 1999, he was appointed as a Deputy Chief, where he was assigned to Field Operations and Services. In February of 2006, he was appointed as Chief of Police of the Pleasant Hill Police Department.
Chief Dunbar is a graduate of the POST Master Instructor Development Program. He taught Criminal Law and Search and Seizure for several years in the Police Academy and in-service training classes. He has also taught Critical Incident Management for several years throughout California.
Chief Dunbar received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Santa Clara in 1982. He received a Master of Arts Degree in Education from San Diego State University in 2002. He is also a graduate of the POST Command College. He currently teaches Strategic Planning in the POST Management Course for the San Diego Regional Training Center.
Chief Dunbar continues to be involved with the Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run, a program that raises awareness and funds for Special Olympics in Northern California, the past five as Director of the Executive Committee. He was recognized for his work with his induction into the Richard LaMunyon Torch Run Hall of Fame in 2005.