Don’t miss this exceptional training opportunity with four tenured Los Angeles County law enforcement professionals. The Chiefs’ panel moderated by Torrance Police Chief Eve R. Irvine will provide insight about the Chiefs’ journeys and experiences. There will also be a Q&A Session with the audience. Take this time to connect, engage, and network with other members in your law enforcement community!
Chief of Police, Manhattan Beach Police Department
Chief Abell was born in Los Angeles and grew up in a single parent household with his mother in Inglewood, California. During an early period of his youth, Chief Abell was relocated to Dhahran Saudi Arabia with his family for two years. He experienced new and interesting cultures that have contributed to his ability to interact with people from all walks of life. Chief Abell earned an athletic football scholarship to attend Montana State University. Chief Abell went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications and serve as a member of the school’s 1984 National Championship Football Team.
Prior to his law enforcement career, Chief Abell worked for the Los Angeles Times Newspaper in Chatsworth, California as a mailroom operator. During his lunch break one evening at work (graveyard), Chief Abell was reading the newspaper and learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was hiring. That was the spark that led to his desire to become a police officer. Chief Abell began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in December of 1988, and after completion of training worked the Inmate Reception Center at Men’s Central Jail, and eventually was assigned to train new Deputies.
In January of 1991, Chief Abell selected the Manhattan Beach Police Department to continue his career in law enforcement. Over the course of his 27 years with the Manhattan Beach Police Department, Chief Abell worked the following assignments:
D.A.R.E. Officer 1992-1993
Narcotics Detective 1993-1995
SWAT Team member and (Commander) 1991- 2008
Police Sergeant 1995-1999
Human Resource & Training Sergeant 1996-1999
Police Lieutenant 1999- 2008
Administrative (Budget) Lieutenant 2001-2003
Traffic Lieutenant 2004-2007
Administrative Division Commander 2010-2015
Field Operations Division Commander 2008-2010, 2016–2018
Chief of Police 2018
Chief Abell was selected by his peers and subordinates as the “Officer of the Year” in 1999 for his hard work, dedication and accomplishments. He is also a graduate of Leadership Manhattan Beach Class 2010. Chief Abell has a M.S. Degree in Emergency Services Management from Trident University International and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Chief of Police, Santa Monica Police Department
Cynthia Renaud was sworn in as the Santa Monica Chief of Police on May 8, 2018. In this role, she leads a full-service police department of 436.3 employees - 224 sworn officers and 212.3 professional staff – who work diligently to provide high quality service for 93,000 residents and millions of annual visitors to the city’s 8.4 square mile footprint. Along with patrol and investigative functions, the Santa Monica Police Department maintains a SWAT team, a Motor unit, a Mounted unit, K-9 officers, Homeless Liaison Program, Bicycle Patrol, School Resource Officers, Animal Control Unit, City Jail, Community Affairs Unit, Records Administration, Front Desk services, Forensics Lab, and a Pier & Harbor Services team who provide service on the Pier and water rescue support.
Chief Renaud brings twenty-seven years of experience serving two, previous communities. Hired by the Long Beach Police Department in 1991, she spent many years working uniformed patrol assignments and special investigations positions. Her supervisory positions included Internal Affairs, the Field Training Program, Academy Director, Patrol Watch Commander, Communications Division Commander, Patrol Division Commander, and Investigations Division Commander. In 2011 she joined the Folsom Police Department as their chief. Chief Renaud spent seven years leading this full-service department of 105 employees and serving a diverse population of 82,000 residents.
Chief Renaud is a native of Long Beach. She attended California State University, Long Beach, where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature in 1996 and a Master’s Degree in English Literature in 2000. In 2010, she completed a second Master’s Degree in National Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Chief Renaud received the Outstanding Thesis Award for her thesis submissions in both graduate programs. Chief Renaud is a graduate of the 214th Session of the FBI National Academy. She writes professionally, and has had articles published in the Homeland Security Affairs Journal, the Journal of Leadership Studies, and Tactical Edge magazine as well as the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.
Chief Renaud is the 2nd Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). In 2013, Chief Renaud was appointed by then-Attorney General Kamala Harris to the CLETS Advisory Committee. On behalf of the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), Chief Renaud serves on the Executive Advisory Committee to the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) State Emergency Management System (SEMS) and their Cybersecurity Task Force. In 2015, she was named California State Legislature “Woman of the Year,” Assembly District 6. Additionally, in 2016, she was selected by Sacramento Business Journal as one of the year's Women Who Mean Business honorees.
Chief of Police, El Segundo Police Department
Chief Bill Whalen is a 29 year law enforcement veteran who has been with the City of El Segundo since July 2017. Prior to working with the El Segundo Police Department, Chief Whalen was a Commander with the Irvine Police Department where he provided oversight of the Operations Division. Chief Whalen has worked numerous assignments throughout his career, such as Detectives, Undercover Narcotics, SWAT, and Emergency Management. He has a Master’s of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University Long Beach and a certificate in Public Employee Leadership from California State University Fullerton. His professional training includes the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, and POST Command College.