June 11, 2019

Chief Jennifer Tejada

Chief Jennifer Tejada has been working in municipal law enforcement for over 24 years.

Chief Tejada has created programs and/or worked in a leadership capacity in several specialized areas including Community Policing Programs, Juvenile Justice Reform, Threat Management, Emergency & Disaster Preparedness, Workplace Violence Prevention, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention, and Hostage Negotiation. She has also served on several violence prevention and victim services committees, boards and commissions both locally and regionally in the State of California.

Chief Tejada is a strong advocate for building trust and community partnerships, working closely with public and private entities to deliver efficient and quality service to all community members. She is the recipient of several awards including the James Q Wilson award in Community Policing.

Chief Tejada served on the California Police Chiefs’ Association as the Chair of the Law and Legislative Committee for almost five years leading change within California Police Chief’s policy and positions. In that capacity she to create respectful relationships in the legislature, as well as to influence and support legislation that introduced reforms in training and service delivery standards in California policing.

Chief Tejada has been tirelessly advocating for the inclusion of resiliency training in Officer Wellness programs and Criminal Justice reform measures-specifically in de-escalation and use of force training. She is certified as a Mindfulness Coach for First Responders. Chief Tejada is the Chair for the newly formed Wellness and Resiliency Committee for California Police Chiefs Association, and a Subject Matter Expert for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. She speaks regularly at a local, regional and national levels advocating for training that provides the skills and tools First Responders need to successfully navigate through the stress and trauma of this profession, and to train and perform in alignment with the changing expectations of police performance in the United States.

Chief Tejada served for 4 ½ years as the police chief in Sausalito and has been serving as the Chief of Police for the City of Emeryville since September 2015.


  • University of California at Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • University of San Diego Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership
  • West Point Leadership LAPD Program Graduate and Instructor
  • POST Executive Certification
  • Senior Management Institute for Policing, Police Executive Research Forum
  • POST Executive Development Certificate
  • POST Law Enforcement Chief Executive Certificate
  • California Police Chiefs Association -Director at Large
  • University of San Francisco Law Enforcement Leadership Symposium Committee
  • State of California Sexual Assault Victims Services Commission -Member
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police – Education and Training Committee Member
  • University of California at San Diego Center for Mindfulness – Certification in Peer Coach Mindfulness Resilience.
  • POST Subject Matter Expert for First Responder Wellness
  • University of San Diego Graduate Studies- Lecturer on Community Policing Strategies