Chief Jennifer Tejada has been working in municipal law enforcement for over 24 years. She 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 and 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. In her leadership capacity, Chief Tejada has been tirelessly advocating for the inclusion of mindfulness based resiliency training in First Responder Wellness programs to address the high rates of depression, suicide, PTSD, substance abuse, sleep deprivation, and trauma.
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 2015.