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Recruiting, Hiring & Retaining Officers in the 21st Century

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  • Chief Abdul Pridgen, Seaside Police Department

    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 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.

    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.

  • Lieutenant Matthew Snelson, Fremont Police Department

    Matthew Snelson is a lieutenant with the Fremont Police Department who currently oversees the Personnel & Training Unit and is also the FPD administrator for department policies. A native of Fremont, he joined the Fremont Police Department in 2003 and was promoted to sergeant in 2012 and lieutenant in 2015. As an officer he served as a field training officer, canine officer, peer support team member, SWAT team member, and detective. After being promoted to sergeant, he served as a patrol supervisor, school resource unit supervisor, and SWAT team leader. As a lieutenant, he is currently serving as the FPD Special Response Unit Commander, Crowd Management Team Commander, Canine Unit manager, and the Unmanned Ariel Systems team manager.

    Lieutenant Snelson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University Hayward and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University East Bay.

  • Sergeant Heidi Kindorf, Fremont Police Department

    Heidi Kindorf has 14 years of law enforcement experience and is currently the Personnel Sergeant for the Fremont Police Department (FPD). She joined FPD in 2011 as a lateral officer after 5 years of service with the San Jose Police Department. As an officer with FPD Heidi has held a variety of positions including; field training officer, academy liaison, Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT) member, property crimes detective, and sexual assault/child abuse detective. Heidi was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2017. She was a patrol supervisor until being appointed to the position of Personnel Sergeant in August of 2018. In addition to her current assignment, Heidi serves as a Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) supervisor and an HNT team leader. Outside of work, Heidi volunteers her time for Cops Care Cancer Foundation; a non-profit that provides financial assistance to families who have children battling cancer and life-threatening illnesses.

    Sergeant Kindorf holds a Bachelor of Science in criminology from California State University Fresno and is currently attending the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute #465.

July 15, 2021
Thu 12:00 PM PDT

Duration 1H 30M

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