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Santa Monica veteran police officer becomes city's first female police chief

Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks

Inglewood Police Department

Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks will be moving back to Santa Monica to become their top cop. She is Santa Monica's first female police chief.

For 25 years Jacqueline Seabrooks was an officer in the Santa Monica Police Department before she was wooed away by the city of Inglewood to become their Chief of Police. After almost 5 years away, Seabrooks will soon return to Santa Monica to become the beach city's first female top cop.

Seabrooks has been a police officer for most of her adult life. When she was just 19 years old she was one of the youngest officers with the California State Police Division. While on the SMPD, the Los Angeles native assumed many roles over her 25 years: patrol officer, background investigator, training officer, academy drill instructor. She was the department's first female police sergeant (1990), first female lieutenant (1996), and first female captain (2000).

City Manager Rod Gould appointed Seabrooks after a three-month nationwide search. She succeeds Chief Timothy Jackson, who retired.

Santa Monica will pay Seabrooks a salary of $238,752 and manage a budget of more than $70 million.

In 2008 Seabrooks was featured as one of America's Best Police Chiefs after just four months on the job. And in such a short period of time clearly had a deep grasp of Inglewood and its challenges:



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