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Seconds in Command Panel 2021 - What You Need to Know!


  • Sekou Millington, Chief, Tracy Police Department

    With two decades as an officer rising through the ranks at the Oakland Police Department, Chief Sekou Millington underscored his commitment to the Oakland community in a number of assignments including but not limited to Community Policing where he worked to build and strengthen community-police relationships partnering with community leaders and stakeholders. He worked narcotics enforcement where he spent time undercover working to get illicit drugs off the streets, Investigations where he liaised with federal agencies such as the DEA, FBI, ATF and the US Marshals service, and SWAT where he served as an Operator, Team Leader then Tactical Commander. While assigned as the Training Section Commander, Chief Millington also served on the Departments Force Review Board and Executive Force Review Boards where he worked with other executive staff members to formulate strategies to keep the department at the cutting edge of contemporary policing strategies. Chief Millington served as an Area Commander in Area 1 which encompasses the West Oakland and Downtown areas of Oakland. His final assignment with the Oakland Police Department was as the Internal Affairs Division Commander.

    Understanding the importance of education, Chief Millington attended Union Institute and University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. Chief Millington attended the FBI National Academy Session #256 and earned his Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia; and the Senior Management Institute for Police Session #70 (SMIP) developed by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

    Chief Millington is a member of a number of local and national law enforcement organizations including the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) where he proudly serves as a two term Chapter President.

    Chief Sekou Millington has demonstrated his ownership of the mission to provide the Tracy Community with the police service they deserve, and more. His career highlights the fact that he is dedicated to serve and has earned his place as a leader both in the department and in the community.

  • John Perez, Chief, Pasadena Police Department

    Since 2018, John E. Perez has served as Chief of Police for the City of Pasadena (CA) after beginning his career as a police cadet in 1985. Through the years, he has worked at the various ranks and command structures of the Department. His public safety experience includes specialized assignments in gang/narcotic enforcement, SWAT, administration, and community relations. In 2001, immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, John was tasked with forming a Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Unit where he worked with a small group of officers in developing security & safety plans for the Tournament of Roses Parade, Rose Bowl venue, and citywide special events.

    In 2020, just prior to the pandemic, the leadership team led the Department through an organizational restructure, bringing more officers to patrol, increasing specialized assignments, and eliminating antiquated models of policing. These new approaches involved redirecting calls for service to non-profits, redesigning the neighborhood policing model, and developing a use of force and performance initiative with BWC video. These changes included an immersive training model utilizing a unique debriefing approach with peers and subject matter experts for self-improvement and skill development. In the first 18 months, this approach assisted in decreasing the use of force by over 20% and reducing specific types of force applications by over 50%. To further the efforts of the reorganization, the leadership team worked with the Pasadena Police Officers Association and community partners to increase awareness through educational workshops such as “Policing 101” and “Community Conversations”. In 2019, a Chief’s Advisory Board was established and is comprised of community oversight organizations and public advocate groups to increase public transparency and understanding. The PPD also improved its recruitment and retention of personnel, hiring over 60 officers since 2018 while enhancing internal training, equipment and technology throughout the Department. The operational philosophy of the PPD is centered on community policing and building partnerships with a focus on prevention, intervention, and enforcement to reduce all crime and gang activity.

    Chief Perez is a graduate of the California POST’s Supervisor’s Leadership Institute (SLI), POST Executive Command College, and holds a POST executive certificate. He possesses an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s of Science degree in Behavior Science, and a PhD in Public Administration. He is a board member if the California Police Chiefs Association, National Police Foundation, and serves as the current President of the San Gabriel Valley Police Chief’s Association. He is the recipient of Mayor’s Special Service Award and a two-time recipient of the Chief’s Excellence in Policing award.   

  • Jessica Nowaski, Deputy Chief, Mountain View Police Department

    Jessica brings over 25 years of law enforcement experience as a police officer with the Mountain View Department having served in a variety of leadership assignments throughout the department's divisions. She is currently serving as the Deputy Police Chief overseeing operations and leadership development for the organization.

    Jessica served as the first female commander for the Santa Clara County Regional Auto Theft Task Force in 2012 and was awarded the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce's Athena Leadership Award in 2014. From 2013 to 2019, Jessica served on the planning committee for Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Symposium sponsored by California Chiefs of Police Association.

    Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University in Criminal Justice Administration and is a graduate of a variety of leadership programs, to include the Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.

    Since earning her Master's Degree in Leadership from St. Mary's College of California in 2017, Jessica has presented her research on coaching and leadership in law enforcement at the Columbia University Coaching Conference in New York and at the International Leadership Association Conference in Canada. Jessica is married with two children and loves to travel with her family.

April 28, 2021
Wed 10:15 AM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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