Commander Robert O’Sullivan was born in San Francisco and grew up in Pacifica, the son of a 38-year SFPD veteran. As a young adult, he used to visit his father’s office and enjoyed listening to him and the other inspectors talk about their work. “It seemed to me that police work allowed him to help people in the most personal of ways,” O’Sullivan says of his father. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to follow his path.”
After graduating from St. Ignatius High School, O’Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of San Diego. He joined the SFPD in 1995, and later graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the California POST Executive Development Course and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.