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PAL is excited to welcome Cynthia Renaud as the next Santa Monica Police Chief!

PAL is excited to welcome Cynthia Renaud as the next Santa Monica Police Chief!


We look forward to working with her to serve the youth of Santa Monica. 

A bit of background about our new Police Chief:

Cynthia Renaud has served as Chief of Police for the City of Folsom, California for the last seven years where she led the police force in both property and violent crime reduction during her tenure. She served in the Long Beach Police Department for 20 years before taking the chief post in Folsom.  Chief Renaud is the 3rd Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). She has also served on the Law Enforcement Executive Committee of the United States Attorney, Eastern District of California. She is the President of the Central Sierra Police Chiefs’ Association and is a member of the California Police Chiefs’ Association where she was appointed to the CLETS (California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System) Advisory Committee by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

In her new role, Chief Renaud will oversee 460 personnel with an annual operating budget of $86.6 million. The Santa Monica Police Department has several divisions: administrative services, operations, criminal investigations, crime analysis, and strategic services, which includes the Homeless Liaison Program, traffic services, animal shelter and custody services.

Welcome to Santa Monica, Chief Renaud!


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