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    Jacqueline Seabrooks, Interim Chief of Police

    Chief Seabrooks

    Interim Chief Jacqueline A. Seabrooks is a Southern Californian who, over a thirty-six year career, provided increasingly responsible public safety services for the State of California and in the cities of Santa Monica and Inglewood.

    Chief Seabrooks began her public safety career at the age of nineteen when she joined the California State Police Division’s Los Angeles Office. She later transferred to the Santa Monica Police Department where she spent the next 25 years progressing through the ranks to include service as the agency’s interim Chief of Police during a leadership transition. In 2007, she was appointed as the Chief of Police for the City of Inglewood. Chief Seabrooks spent the next five years implementing a reform agenda that enabled the organization to regain its reputation for contemporary policing and crime reduction strategies balanced by a strong commitment to community engagement. In 2012, Chief Seabrooks returned to the Santa Monica Police Department where she served as the organization’s sixteenth Chief of Police. Under Chief Seabrooks’ leadership, Santa Monica solidified its reputation as public safety’s “benchmark for excellence.” Her work included implementing new technologies such as body worn cameras and handheld toughpad computer devices for field personnel; implementing a juvenile diversion program; emphasizing staff development; incorporating contemporary topics such as implicit bias in the organization’s on-going training plan; implementing a Spanish language community academy for the City’s residents; strengthening partnerships with the residential and business communities; emphasizing the organization’s commitment to the principles of 21st century policing; and focusing on strategies for effective crime reduction.

    Following her retirement in the latter part of 2017, Chief Seabrooks established residency in her new home town of Dallas, Texas. Jacqueline spent the first months of retirement traveling internationally and enjoying life in Dallas.  She joined the American Institute for Police Reform where she currently serves on the Board of Directors.  Until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jacqueline was attending the University of North Dallas’ College of Law where she was a first-year law student.  On October 26, 2020, Chief Seabrooks once again took the oath of office for the City of Santa Monica when she accepted the request that she come out of retirement to serve as the City’s Interim Chief of Police.

    Chief Seabrooks holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Consistent with her commitment to life-long learning, she completed various executive development courses offered by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  Chief Seabrooks is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development course.  Chief Seabrooks enjoys being at the front of the classroom as well; she has teaching experience ranging from in-service leadership training for public safety officers and executives to teaching college level coursework. Her expertise includes subjects such as cultural competencies, implicit bias, leadership for executives, and organizational development. She has been a speaker at conferences hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the California Police Chiefs’ Association, and the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association and various local venues. Concurrent with her return to Southern California, Chief Seabrooks served as a member of the transition team for the newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney, George Gascon.  



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