As a San Luis Obispo Police Captain and second in command of the largest police department in the county, Ian conducts day-to-day operations, establishes policy and procedures, prepares the budget, and supervises the investigations division. In addition, he develops and implements technological improvements geared toward improving efficiency and response to the needs of the citizens. Ian is directly responsible for the adoption and installation of the integrated Mobile Data Computer and Mobile Video Camera units in all patrol cars. In recognition of his outstanding service, he was twice awarded the department's “Distinguished Service Award.” In 2004, Parkinson was awarded the City of San Luis Obispo Employee of the Year Award for his outstanding service to the City.