Go To Search
The Chief's Desk
Sylvia Moir, Chief of PoliceAbout Chief 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. The department has a $10.4 million dollar budget and a mission statement of: We are committed to service, safety, and enhancing the public trust through professionalism and leadership.

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 and LAPD West Point Leadership.

A California native, Chief Moir began her career 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 in the Sacramento Police Department giving her a broad perspective on the rewards and challenges of modern policing in integrated and progressive communities. Her last two assignments were in the Metro Operations Division and in the Fiscal Operations Division. In Metro, Chief Moir was responsible for the safety and service in the Downtown Area surrounding the State Capitol and specialized units serving the entire city. She was the Incident Commander on hundreds of planned and spontaneous events utilizing up to 450 police personnel in the safe crowd management of nearly up to 55,000 demonstrators. She lead units including: Patrol, Mounted, Marine, Bikes, Special Events, Alcohol Beverage Control Team, Hostage Negotiation Team, Reserves, Alarms, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Robbery Alarm Technology, and Licensing and Permits. 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 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.

Prior to joining El Cerrito Police, Chief Moir was hired by 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. Chief Moir is a member of the Board for the California Police Chief’s Association (CPCA), the Chair of the CPCA Training Committee, and the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Annual Symposium. For over 23 years, Chief Moir has been a trainer at the local, state, and national levels in the areas of instructor development, leadership, incident command, cultural diversity, racial profiling, and physical training. She has completed several marathons and is consistently training to compete in a half or full marathons while aspiring to eventually qualify for the Boston Marathon. Chief Moir supports Soroptimist of El Cerrito, the Peace Officers Memorial, and Special Olympics.

Contact Chief Moir at 510-215-4410.