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    Kenneth Semko, Interim Chief of Police

    Semko (Chief)

    Interim Chief of Police Kenneth Semko is a 26-year veteran of the Santa Monica Police Department.  During his tenure, Chief Semko has risen through the ranks to supervise and manage several units within the Department in both operational and administrative capacities. In 2003, Chief Semko promoted to the rank of sergeant where he was instrumental in developing the Police Department's first explosive detection K-9 team.  Chief Semko has taught law enforcement audiences on the national stage; he is a subject matter expert on K-9 Program Management and Supervision. Chief Semko Promoted to Lieutenant in 2008, where he served as an Operations Division manager and the Executive Officer for the Special Enforcement Division.

    In 2011, as a Lieutenant, Chief Semko was selected to create the City's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) where he designed and oversaw the development of the City's state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center, implemented city-wide disaster preparedness training and recruited members for the City's first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Lieutenant Semko served as the City's OEM Manager until his promotion to the rank of Captain in May 2013. Chief Semko is leader in law enforcement homeless engagement practices and has been instrumental in the development of innovative law enforcement protocols to address the rise in the homeless population in Los Angeles County.

    Chief Semko is active in the Santa Monica community.  He volunteers with the American Cancer Society where he served as Santa Monica Relay for Life Chair; he also volunteers with the American Diabetes Association and California Junior Achievement. Chief Semko holds memberships in the in the Intentional Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), California Police Chief's Association and the Los Angeles County Police Chief's Association.

    Chief Semko holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership. Chief Semko is a graduate of the 267th Session of the FBI's National Academy, California POST Command College, Northwestern University's Executive Management Program and Harvard University's Senior Executive Program. Chief Semko successfully completed the California Office of Emergency Services, Emergency Manager Program and is a certified Emergency Manager Specialist.



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