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Sylvia Moir, Chief of Police

Chief Sylvia Moir

As the Police Chief in El Cerrito since July 2010, Sylvia Moir is responsible for leading the men and women of the police department as they provide a full-range of progressive law enforcement service to this Bay Area city. She believes in, promotes the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS), and emphasizes procedural justice in all facets of what we do. Chief Moir believes that our character is revealed during each contact we have and we strive to build trust and respect with those we serve during each interaction.

The department has a $10.4 million dollar budget, a variety of core and ancillary units, and a mission statement of: We are committed to service, safety, and enhancing the public trust through professionalism and leadership.

Chief Moir’s service experience & biography

A California native, Chief Moir began her law enforcement career in 1988 as a Community Service Officer then she spent nearly 19 years with the Sacramento Police Department where she progressed through the ranks while working a variety of assignments.

She worked in every office of the Sacramento Police Department giving her a broad perspective on the rewards and challenges of modern policing in integrated and progressive communities. She served the majority of her career in Field Operations and over two years in the Metro Operations Division where she was responsible for the safety and service in the Downtown Area surrounding the State Capitol and specialized units serving the entire city. In Metro, she was the Incident Commander on hundreds of planned and spontaneous events utilizing up to 450 police personnel in the safe crowd management of a reported 55,000 demonstrators. She was also deployed on active incidents as a member of the All-Hazards Incident Management Team of Sacramento.

She served as a Special Investigations Detective focused on Nuisance Abatement and social disorder. At the Basic Academy she was a Recruit Training Officer, Learning Domain Instructor, and Academy Commander focused on training and developing recruits for readiness to enter police and sheriff’s departments throughout the State of California. While in Fiscal Operations she managed the $165 million budget, grants, procurement, travel and training, and the Racial Profiling study and analysis.

Chief Moir was a member of the Sacramento Police Honor Guard for 14 years and was part of hundreds of funerals, and ceremonial events. She completed rigorous training with the US Army Old Guard at Fort Myer, VA and Arlington National Cemetery.

Just prior to joining El Cerrito Police, Chief Moir worked in the Menlo Park Police Department as the Commander of Operations, and while at Menlo Park, she teamed to bring innovative strategies to the agency. One was a program called Communication-Accountability-Problem Solving (CAPS). This program encouraged the individual beat officers to team with personnel from throughout the department to identify crime trends, solve crimes, and address quality of life issues in specific neighborhoods. CAPS also enhanced communication across traditional lines, and emphasized accountability for issues in each beat with each officer.

In addition to serving in El Cerrito, Chief Moir was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) as one of 16 Commissioners guiding law enforcement in the State of California. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the POST Commission. Chief Moir is the second Vice-President of the Executive Committee for the California Police Chief’s Association (CPCA), the Chair of the CPCA Emerging Issues Committee, and is on the working committee for the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Annual Symposium. For over 25 years, Chief Moir has been a trainer at the local, state, and national levels in the areas of field training, promotional examinations, leadership, incident command, cultural diversity, racial profiling, and physical training.

Chief Moir holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management, and is currently doing graduate work on a full scholarship from the Center for Homeland Security and Defense at the Naval Postgraduate School. Chief Moir is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, LAPD West Point Leadership, and holds the highest certificate in California Law Enforcement; The Executive Certificate from California POST.

She is married, has completed several running and cycling races, and is consistently training to compete in a half or full marathons while aspiring to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Chief Moir supports numerous service and charity organizations including Soroptimist of El Cerrito, the Peace Officers Memorial, the Wilson’s Disease Association, and Special Olympics.

Contact Chief Moir at 510-215-4410.