Lieutenant Anthony Cretella graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in December of 2004.
He joined the Charleston Police Department in April of 2005 and served as a patrolman in Team 2 and Team 4. From there, he became the Department's lead training officer for the Professional Development and Training Office in May of 2010. Lieutenant Cretella was promoted out of the office as a Sergeant and assigned as a squad supervisor in Team 4 as well as serving as the Patrol Training Sergeant for Team 4. In April of 2015, he was assigned to the Sergeant's position within the Professional Standards Office.
In 2016, Lieutenant Cretella was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as the midnight shift Command Duty Officer. Lieutenant Cretella currently serves as the Team 4 (West Ashley) patrol commander.
n addition to his various assignments, Lieutenant Cretella is the assistant commander of the Civil Disturbance Unit and has been a member since 2006. He currently oversees the Department's TASER
and Oleoresin Capsicum programs and is involved in leadership classes that the Department hosts.