Lieutenant Nichols

Lieutenant Stephanie Nichols began her career with the Tustin Police Department in August of 1999 as a police recruit.  Lieutenant Nichols attended and graduated from the Golden West Police Academy, Class 118.


During her career as a Tustin Police Officer, Lieutenant Nichols has worked a variety of assignments including, patrol officer, field training officer, and personnel officer.


Lieutenant Nichols was promoted to Sergeant in 2009 and spent four years as a Patrol Sergeant where she oversaw the departments Explorer program. She was also a coordinator for the First Aid and CPR staff.  In 2014, Lieutenant Nichols was selected as the General Investigations supervisor.


In May 2019, Lieutenant Nichols promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned as the South Area Commander.  In this position, Lieutenant Nichols was responsible for managing all policing activities in Tustin south of the I-5 freeway. In September of 2020, Lieutenant Nichols was assigned as the Professional Standards Division Commander with oversight of the Department's: 

  • Administrative Investigations
  • Personnel and Training
  • Legislation
  • Uniforms and Equipment
  • Cadets, Reserve Officers, Police Recruits 
  • Information Technology
  • Chief's Advisory Board

Additionally, she serves as the Department's Press Information Officer.


Lieutenant Nichols has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton. 


In her spare time, Lieutenant Nichols enjoys spending time with her family and supporting their many extracurricular activities.