Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks has announced her retirement after over three decades of service. In those years she has made quite an impact, consistently breaking down barriers and creating her own path in both the cities she has served and in California as a whole.
When she first started her career in 1982 she became Santa Monica’s first African American female police officer. Then, in 2007, she continued breaking barriers when she became the chief of Inglewood Police Department, making her the state of California’s first ever black female police chief for a municipality. Additionally, she was the first female to have the top executive position in Inglewood’s over a century long history.
After several years of service to Inglewood, in 2012, she came back to where it all began and became the police chief of Santa Monica, where she has been ever since.
While serving the community of Santa Monica she has continually worked to improve it. She has updated the police department’s equipment, improved community and police relations, and helped with restructuring. Additionally, she is a mentor, a public speaker on safety, and is on the board of a variety of organizations around the community.
A search throughout the nation will occur to find the next police chief. Seabrooks officially retires on September 30th.