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Santa Monica Cop to Head Inglewood Force

By Lookout Staff

August 21 -- Santa Monica’s top female cop and the commanding officer of the department’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) is leaving her post to head the Inglewood Police Department.

Captain Jacqueline Seabrooks, a 26-year law enforcement veteran, will assume command of the 300-employee Inglewood Police Department on October 1, becoming the force’s first female chief.

“Captain Seabrooks’ leadership and influence have been far reaching in the law enforcement arena, in this organization, and certainly in the community,” said Santa Monica Police Chief Timothy Jackman.

Seabrooks, who joined the Santa Monica Police Department in 1982, moved up the ranks, becoming the first woman to earn promotions to the rank of sergeant, lieutenant, and captain in this organization’s history.

Seabrooks will become one of 15 women who head law enforcement agencies statewide and only the second to head a municipal law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County.

Seabrooks was one of three “rotating” chiefs appointed by City Manager Lamont Ewell last August while he searched for a permanent replacement for outgoing Chief James T. Butts Jr.

Last year, Seabrooks was responsible for leading a crackdown on gang violence in the Pico Neighborhood, known as Operation Safe Streets, police said.

A graduate of both the FBI's National Academy and the Senior Management Institute of Police, Seabrooks has been a volunteer mentor and tutor for Santa Monica's youth in her spare time and teaches law enforcement-related courses at various area colleges.

“As the Chief of Police for Inglewood, I will continue to emphasize enhancement of the community’s safety and quality of life by providing professional, equitable and responsive police service,” Seabrooks said in a statement released by the City of Inglewood last week.

“The cornerstones of my operating philosophy are a values-based approach to leadership, a firm belief in the value of collaborative efforts, and ensuring both personal and organizational accountability.”

 

“Captain Seabrooks’ leadership and influence have been far reaching in the law enforcement arena, in this organization, and certainly in the community.” Timothy Jackman.

 

 

 

 

 

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