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Paul Keith, Interim Police Chief

Police Chief Paul Keith


Welcome to the El Cerrito Police Department web portal.  On these pages you will find many pieces of information that reveal the philosophy and character of the El Cerrito Police Department.  Our Mission Statement is that we are committed to service, safety and enhancing the public trust through professionalism and leadership.  This statement guides the ways in which we interact with our community, patrol our neighborhoods, and investigate crimes. 

The El Cerrito Police Department sees itself as a progressive police organization with a focus on providing superior service.  With this vision in mind, we work to collaborate with community members, city departments and our partners in the law enforcement, mental health, and victim service organizations.  Our training reinforces the importance of building strong relationships with community members, both residents and non-residents alike.  We prioritize training relating to procedural justice, implicit bias, and mental health crisis response and de-escalation.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our department’s page.  I hope that your time spent will leave you with a better understanding of whom we are and who we want to be. 

Contact Chief Keith at 510-215-4410.