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Police Chief Kirkland retires

Source: El Cerrito Police Department

On June 30, 2010, after 31 years of distinguished service with the El Cerrito Police Department, Chief Scott C. Kirkland will conclude his tenure with the Department, and will enter his retirement.

Chief Kirkland graduated from the Police Academy on May 3, 1979, and became an El Cerrito Police Officer. During the next 21 years he worked as a Police Officer, Traffic Officer, Fraud Detective, Police Sergeant, Lieutenant and Commander. In May of 2000 he was promoted to the rank of Chief of Police for the El Cerrito Police Department.

Chief Kirklandís contributions have significantly impacted the El Cerrito Police Department and the community at large. During his tenure a Traffic Safety program was instituted, which now includes Motorcycle Officers, and has won National and Statewide recognition. A Bicycle Officer program was significantly expanded to both combat crime and to provide greater community access to Officers. This program has received notice from other agencies, bicycle coalitions, and news media (both written and television).

Chief Kirkland was instrumental in establishing a partnership with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to provide School Resource Officers (SROís), funded by the School District, at all traditional high schools and in Middle Schools within the District. He instituted a directed Community Action Response Team to assist in addressing community concerns. Chief Kirklandís frustrations over an unsolved homicide led to the creation and enacting of a Video Surveillance Ordinance, the first of its kind in the United States.

Last year Chief Kirkland officially announced his retirement from the El Cerrito Police Department, with a retirement date of December 29, 2009. He graciously agreed to remain Chief of Police in a contractual capacity to assist the City Manager and the City Council, providing them time to conduct the search for a new Police Chief. Now, after many years of dedication and service, Chief Kirkland will turn over the reins of the Department and will deservedly begin his retirement. He will be greatly missed.

Run dates: 2010-06-29 - 2010-07-29

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