Anthony Magdayao

Command Staff
Title: Police Captain
Phone: 831-768-3300
UPDATED Cpt. Magdayao 2022

Captain Tony Magdayao was born and raised in Monterey, CA. He was first introduced to law enforcement by taking a police science class while attending Monterey High School. From there, he developed an interest in the profession, eventually developing into a lifelong career. Tony received an Associate of Arts Degree from Monterey Peninsula College while studying Administration of Justice. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute & University.

Tony is a 20-plus-year veteran of the Watsonville Police Department. His tenure with the Watsonville Police Department began in 1994 when Chief Terry Medina swore him in. Tony has served the community of Watsonville in several different capacities. He has been assigned to the operations division as a patrol officer and to the Direct Action Response Team, a community-based street enforcement team. He was assigned as a task force agent for the Santa Cruz County Narcotic Enforcement Team. He is a court-certified expert in narcotics and hard drugs. 

While assigned to the task force, he was cross-designated as a federal agent with the FBI. After concluding that assignment, he served as a Corporal/Field Training Officer and Master Officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 2007 and assigned to the operations division, where he supervised several patrol teams. In 2015, he was assigned as an administrative Sergeant handling community-based projects and managing the Field Training Program for new officers.

He is currently assigned as one of the Operations Division Captains. In addition, Tony spent 13 years volunteering in his community with the Meals on Wheels organization, delivering meals to those in need. Tony is married and enjoys spending time with their family and friends. They have an interest in learning about new cultures and traveling. Exercise is a big part of their lifestyles.


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