Chief Seabrooks has more than three decades of progressively responsible municipal policing experience. She has been a police chief for the last nine years serving in two Southern California municipalities. Chief Seabrooks' career in law enforcement includes sworn service with the California State Police Division, the Inglewood Police Department, and the Santa Monica Police Department.
After rising through the ranks and serving in a variety of administrative and operational positions during her 25-year tenure with the Santa Monica Police Department, Chief Seabrooks was appointed to the chief executive position at the Inglewood Police Department where she was not only the first African-American woman to serve as a municipal police chief in the history of the State of California, she was the first woman to hold the top executive position in Inglewood's 100 plus year history. In another first, in May 2012, Chief Seabrooks rejoined the Santa Monica Police Department to serve as the City's 17th Chief of Police.
Over the course of her tenure as a chief executive, Chief Seabrooks has consistently provided effective reform and transformational leadership as she implemented the tenets of 21 Century Policing. She successfully navigated a variety of policing challenges, including a 'pattern and practices' investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, organizational downsizing, organizational restructuring, team building, staff development, and succession planning, while also being specifically attentive to fiscal conservatism, new and evolving crime trends, and the need to build and strengthen community-police partnerships.
Chief Seabrooks holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Public Policy and Administration from CSU, Dominguez Hills and CSU, Long Beach respectively. She is a graduate of the 186th Session of the FBI's National Academy; she is also a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, PERF's Senior Management Institute for Police, and the Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Executives in State and Local Government and Driving Government Performance certificate programs. Chief Seabrooks holds memberships in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the California Police Chiefs Association, and the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association. Chief Seabrooks serves on the directors' boards for various community organizations.