A Message From Your New Police Chief Cynthia Renaud

May 10, 2018
by Cynthia Renaud

A Message From Your New Police Chief Cynthia Renaud

Hello, Santa Monica!

Thank you in advance for taking a moment to read this note of brief introduction. My name is Cynthia Renaud and I am honored to serve as your police chief. From the outset of my conversations with many people here, it has been clear that this position comes with both tremendous opportunity and great responsibility. Throughout my 27-year career, I have been part of hard-working teams that have truly made differences in people’s lives by lowering crime and improving overall quality of life. These teams were not comprised of just police department staff, but of many city department staff coming together to listen to, and work collaboratively with, community members. This collaboration is the necessary ingredient for success, because it is the community who truly holds the intrinsic knowledge so vital to understanding what motivates their neighborhoods and how the Police Department can partner to make them safer. For me, this has become a winning formula and I am energized to repeat it here in Santa Monica.

I look forward to working with the outstanding members of the Santa Monica Police Department to build on our city’s legacy as a safe, vibrant and diverse place where anything is possible. I know members of our police department have deep and established relationships with many in this community already, and please know that I will be working to do the same and become part of the fabric of Santa Monica. I won’t be able to achieve that, though, without your help. I won’t be able to understand your community and your neighborhoods without first meeting you, hearing from you, listening to your experiences and ideas, and working alongside you to meet the biggest challenges currently facing us: reducing crime and the impacts of homelessness.

In meeting many of my new colleagues and knowing well our police department’s reputation for excellence, I am confident that working together as a community, we are poised to do great things and make an impact on these tough, pressing issues.

Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks, my predecessor, was a trailblazer in this profession. For those of you who know her, I don’t have to mention her intelligence, her experience in this field, or her passion for public safety and serving others. This opportunity to build on her good work and leadership is a true honor.

My family and I look forward to contributing to the vibrancy of this community, and I look forward to meeting all of you! If I don’t see you at an upcoming community meeting or function, I hope you will come out to National Night Out on August 7th so we can say “hello” in person!

Cynthia Renaud

Santa Monica Chief of Police


On May 8th, Chief Renaud was sworn in as Santa Monica's 19th Chief of Police at the Santa Monica Women's Club. Check out Santa Monica PD's photos from the ceremony.

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