John "Rocky" Hewitt, Ph.D.
Orange County Assistant Sheriff Retired
Dr. Hewitt served his country and community for over 45 years, spending over eight years in the Marine Corps, 37 years in law enforcement and over 30 years as a college professor.
Dr. Hewitt was a survival specialist and training officer during his time in the Marines, training over 10,000 Marine Corps and Navy Pilots in combat survival.
He joined the Orange County California Sheriff's Department May 15, 1967, and having worked every facet of law enforcement, including patrol, criminal investigations, sexual assault, fugitive investigations, and SWAT, rose through the ranks of the fifth largest Sheriff's Department in the country to the rank of Chief. He retired in 2003 as Assistant Sheriff from a department 5,200 strong as one of the top law enforcement officials in America.
Dr. Hewitt, a Graduate of the National FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the two year California Command College, is highly decorated, receiving numerous awards including Officer of the Year three times, Supervisor of the Year, Manager of the Year, Citizen of the Year, the California Police Officers State Award of Professional Achievement, the USC National Award of Professional Achievement, the Marine Corps Medal from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Citation of Merit from the President of the United States and the American Legion Award for Merit and Valor.
Dr. Hewitt currently teaches at Brandman University Chapman University System and the University of La Verne; two of the most prestigious colleges in the United States. He has been a guest speaker at major universities, well known civic groups, and business organizations all over America. He has appeared numerous times on National television including the NBC Today shown in New York. His research on Crime Prevention & Criminal Investigation has been used by police academies throughout the United States for years. He has delivered over 100 keynote speeches over the past ten years to organizations like the VFW, Cal State Dominguez Hills Graduating Class, National Institute of Justice and National Medical Association. Dr Hewitt also conducts seminars all over America on the strategies of good leadership and has delivered over 1,000 crime prevention lectures to young people in junior high and high school.
Dr. Hewitt has been recognized many times for his leadership abilities. In 1979 the Sexual Assault Unit under his command had the highest rape suspect arrest and conviction rate in the country. In 1981 his Fugitive Investigation Unit sought out, arrested, and returned the highest number of fugitives to prison that had ever been recorded before. In 1990 he developed a jail suicide prevention program that remains today as the best in the nation. His leadership and mentoring programs have been used as an example throughout the United States. A former nationally recognized AAU Wrestling Champion, Dr. Hewitt is not only in demand as a police consultant, guest speaker and seminar presenter for business and civic groups, but is also asked to speak at many athletic banquets as well.