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New Chiefs Orientation 2021 - A Panel Discussion

Contributors

  • Abdul Pridgen, Chief, Seaside Police Department & CPCA President

    Abdul Pridgen is Chief of the Seaside Police Department, sworn-in on March 1st, 2018. In Seaside, he has made accountability, transparency, and winning the community’s trust a department priority. In just over three years in Seaside, a working-class majority-minority community next to Monterey, Abdul has put systems in place to increase the public’s confidence in police and assure that policing for safety, not incarceration is each officer’s focus. Even in a time when the country is gaining greater awareness of policing’s role in perpetuating historical inequities through the Movement for Black Lives, Abdul’s tenure in Seaside has seen Black community members’ trust in their policeincrease.

    Before coming to Seaside, Abdul honorably retired from the Fort Worth Police Department after almost twenty-six years of dedicated service. He joined the department as a new recruit and promoted to detective, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. Abdul was appointed to second-in-command in 2009 and ultimately became the first, and only, Black Assistant Chief. He was known for his effectiveness at employing evidence to drive organizational change and his principled approach to policing, promoting ethical policing, and fostering a culture ofaccountability.

    Abdul is also a collaborative, creative community leader, and has long insisted that communities can solve problems in ways that include but also reach well beyond police services. Abdul created Project Cool Breeze in Fort Worth, a program where residents—including officers—repair or replace inoperable air conditioning units for persons and families who cannot afford a new unit. It’s part of his commitment to addressing problems with both a practical eye and through the lens of social justice. In Seaside, Abdul also collaborated with stakeholders to create the Seaside Nutrition, Academic & Athletics for Cops & Kids (SNAACK) Van. Officers drive through Seaside neighborhoods and deliver free healthy snacks, school supplies, and sports equipment to community youth.

    Abdul is passionate about police accountability and transparency. He founded and is CEO of the Institute for Transparent and Accountable Policing (ITAP), a nonprofit consortium of current and former law enforcement officers, community leaders, recruiting firms, attorneys, and academics who are dedicated to improving police-community relations by infusing greater transparency and accountability into policing through a LAT™ score. As a police chief, Abdul works every day to earn the trust of those his officers serve and find new ways to transform his department into an ethical andtransparent organization.

    Prior to entering law enforcement, Abdul was a Sailor in the armed forces and served in Desert Storm. He was honorably discharged after his six-year active duty commitment and retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Chief PettyOfficer.

    Abdul holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, FBI National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute, and Harvard Kennedy School, where he received an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership. Abdul is also a Senior Advisor for Measures for Justice, President of the California Police Chiefs Association, President of the Institute for Transparent and Accountable Policing, President of the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team, Chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force for the Reduction of Youth Violence, and Past President of the Monterey County Chief Law Enforcement OfficersAssociation.

    Abdul, who grew up in The Bronx, New York, is a proud husband and father. He has always had a servant’s heart and, from an early age, served all comers on the streets of The Bronx who wanted an electric boogie showdown. Though today he’s put his dancing shoes aside, in what little spare time he has, Abdul enjoys volunteering and spending quality time with hisfamily.

  • Corey Sianez, Chief, Buena Park Police Department

    On March 11, 2011, the City of Buena Park appointed Corey S. Sianez as its ninth Chief of Police. A native Californian, Chief Sianez began his law enforcement career at the age of 21, with the Buena Park Police Department. He has risen through the ranks over the past 41 years, serving in various specialized assignments including Motors, SWAT, General Investigations, Burglary, Robbery/Homicide, and Professional Standards/Internal Affairs. He served as Captain in both the Operations and Support Services Divisions.

    Chief Sianez is a firm believer in education and leading by example. During his law enforcement career, he continued his education earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from National University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University, Long Beach in Occupational Studies. He has completed several leadership courses from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI) program, the Police Officers’ Standards and Training (POST) Command College Class and Executive Development training. He strongly encourages his department to continue their education as well.

    Chief Sianez truly believes in community policing and demonstrates it daily. He is very engaged in the community he serves and also expects members of his department to be as well. Chief Sianez, along with the men and women of the Buena Park Police Department, routinely volunteer their time to attend almost all community events. Interacting with the community we serve is an excellent opportunity to build trust and strong partnerships.

    Chief Sianez is very active on the social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He hosts quarterly community stakeholder meetings with residents and business owners, hosts a Chief’s Advisory Board and many town hall meetings. In addition, the Police Department either hosts or is involved in many other events such as Coffee with a Cop, National Night Out, Citizen and Teen Academies, Reading Across America, Neighborhood Watch meetings, Love Buena Park, Red Ribbon Week, an Annual Open House, the Gang Reduction Intervention Program (GRIP) and Youth in Government to name a few. One of the Department’s largest events, which is near and dear to Chief Sianez, is the annual “Cops and Goblins” Trick or Treating spectacular. The event brings over 3,000 local children and their families to the Police Department to enjoy a safe place to trick or treat for Halloween, and also allows department personnel to interact and with the community in a festive and safe location.

    Chief Sianez has been recognized for all of his hard work and success many times over his steadfast career. He has received the Golden West College’s Pillar of Achievement Award and the Soroptimist International Club’s Love of Country Award. As an active member of the Buena Park Community, Chief Sianez has sat on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Buena Park for the past 11 years and is currently their Vice-President. He is also the Region 14 representative for the California Police Chiefs Association’s Board of Directors (“Cal Chiefs”) and has sat on many of their committees, from Emerging Trends in Law Enforcement to Homeless Outreach and Engagement, as well as Use of Force, and is currently the Chair of their Law and Legislation Committee. He also represents Cal Chiefs’ on the League of Cities Governance, Transparency and Labor Relations Committee. His active and hands on work on the board over the years was recently recognized, as Chief Sianez recently received the “Alan W. Sill Award”, one of their top awards, something that he is extremely humbled about.

    Chief Sianez is not only a cofounder, but also the chair of the North Orange County Public Safety Task Force. The task force addresses three focus areas from a regional perspective, Youth Violence, Successful reentry of offenders back into the community, and Homeless Outreach.

    He is a member of the Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriff’s Association and was a Past-President. He is currently a member of Golden West College’s Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. Lastly, he was just recognized by the Orange County Register as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Orange County.

    As Chief Sianez enters his 42nd year with the City of Buena Park, he proudly continues his dedication and commitment to service and the Community, alongside the outstanding men and women of the Buena Park Police Department.

  • Tim Albright, Chief, Elk Grove Police Department

    Chief Timothy Albright began his law enforcement career 27 years ago with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. In 1994, he moved to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department where he served as a deputy sheriff and later as a sheriff’s sergeant. His assignments included contract service to the City of Elk Grove, canine, field training, patrol, crime-scene investigations, corrections, and court security divisions. In January 2006, he was among the first group of sworn personnel to be hired for the City’s newly formed Police Department. His 15 years of service to the Elk Grove Police Department have included experience as a patrol sergeant, canine sergeant, detective sergeant, patrol watch commander, Professional Standards commander, Investigations Division commander, and Operations Division commander.

    Chief Albright holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University and a master’s degree in Negotiation and Conflict Management from California State University Dominguez Hills. His executive education includes completion of the Senior Management Institute for Police and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.

    Chief Albright is a recipient of the Silver Star for Bravery, a three-time recipient of the Bronze Star for Bravery, three-time recipient of the Life-Saving Medal, and five-time recipient of the Major Incident Ribbon.

    Chief Albright was officially sworn in on September 3, 2019. Chief Albright is Elk Grove’s fourth Chief of Police since its formation on July 1, 2006.

April 27, 2021
Tue 11:30 AM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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