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Jacqueline Seabrooks Leaves Retirement to Return to Santa Monica as Interim Chief of Police

October 16, 2020 12:17 PM

Jacqueline Seabrooks Leaves Retirement to Return to Santa Monica as Interim Chief of Police

Interim City Manager Lane Dilg announced today that she has asked former Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks to come out of retirement to serve as Interim Chief of Police beginning October 26, 2020.  

“No one knows the Santa Monica community and Santa Monica Police Department like our friend and longtime leader, Jackie Seabrooks,” said Interim City Manager Lane Dilg. “This is a critical moment for Santa Monica. I have every confidence in Chief Seabrooks and look forward to working together to provide for community safety and wellbeing, as well as to advance public safety reform work underway.” 

Seabrooks brings deep knowledge of and affection for the Santa Monica community. She retired as Santa Monica’s Chief of Police in September 2017, where she began her career in 1982, and spent 30 of her 36 years in law enforcement. She leads through the model of 21st Century Policing and has advanced public safety reform efforts at the helm of both the Santa Monica (2012 – 2017) and Inglewood (2007 – 2012) Police Departments. At every step of her career, Seabrooks has fostered strong relationships with the community and within the police department. 

“I am certainly humbled at being asked to once again serve the Santa Monica community,” said Seabrooks. “I am equally excited to begin working alongside the women and men of the Santa Monica Police Department as we continue to focus our attention on all facets of community safety during these unprecedented times.”  

Under her leadership, SMPD implemented the body-worn camera program, proactively implemented implicit bias training, and acquired the hand-held technology needed to enable the department to respond to the legal requirements of AB 953 (Racial & Identify Profiling Act) well ahead of schedule. Seabrooks provided decisive and steady leadership in the aftermath of the 2013 spree shooting which culminated on the Santa Monica College campus. 

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for American Police Reform. 

Seabrooks will start on October 26 as Interim Chief of Police.   



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