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    Cynthia Renaud, Chief of Police

    Cynthia Renaud was sworn in as the Santa Monica Chief of Police on May 8, 2018.  In this role, she leads a full-service police department of 436.3 employees -  224 sworn officers and 212.3 professional staff - who work diligently to provide high quality service for 90,000 residents and millions of annual visitors to the city's 8.4 square mile footprint.  Along with patrol and investigative functions, the Santa Monica Police Department maintains a SWAT team, a Motor unit, a Mounted unit, K-9 officers, Homeless Liaison Program, Bicycle Patrol, School Resource Officers, Animal Control Unit, City Jail, Community Affairs Unit, Records Administration, Front Desk services, Forensics Lab, and a Pier & Harbor Services team who provide service on the Pier and water rescue support. 

    Chief Renaud brings twenty-seven years of experience having served two, previous communities.  Hired as a police recruit in 1991, Chief Renaud spent many years working uniformed patrol assignments and special investigations positions.  Her supervisory positions included Internal Affairs, the Field Training Program, Academy Director, Patrol Watch Commander, Communications Division Commander, Patrol Division Commander, and Investigations Division Commander.   
    Chief Renaud is a native of Long Beach. She attended California State University, Long Beach, where she completed a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in 1996 and a Master's Degree in English Literature in 2000.  In 2010, she completed a second Master's Degree in National Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.  Chief Renaud received the Outstanding Thesis Award for her thesis submissions in both graduate programs.  Chief Renaud is a graduate of the 214th Session of the FBI National Academy.  She writes professionally, and has had articles published in the Homeland Security Affairs Journal, the Journal of Leadership Studies, and Tactical Edge magazine as well as the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.             

    Chief Renaud is the 2nd Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  In 2013, Chief Renaud was appointed by then-Attorney General Kamala Harris to the CLETS Advisory Committee.  On behalf of the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), Chief Renaud serves on the Executive Advisory Committee to the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) State Emergency Management System (SEMS) and their Cybersecurity Task Force.  In 2015, she was named California State Legislature "Woman of the Year," Assembly District 6.  Additionally, in 2016, she was selected by Sacramento Business Journal as one of the year's Women Who Mean Business honorees. 
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