WHAT'S NEW - 2017
  • Gina Hawkins, Deputy Chief of the Clayton County, Georgia, Police Department, was announced Tuesday as Fayetteville’s Police Chief (See Below)
  • On Monday July 3, Pasadena native and John Muir alum Richard Bell will be sworn in as the first African-American Chief of Police for the City of West Covina. (Click here)
  • Retired LAPD Lieutenant and SCC NOBLE Member on Dr. Phil this week. He will also have a workshop on Human Trafficking at NOBLE National Conference in Atlanta! (See Below)
  • 41st Annual Training Conference and Exhibition (See Below)
  • Veteran Police Chief Kenton W. Rainey has been named the new chief of police for the University of Chicago Police Department, effective July 1. (Click Below)

Gina Hawkins, Deputy Chief of the Clayton County, Georgia, Police Department, was announced Tuesday as Fayetteville’s Police Chief.

Gina Hawkins, deputy chief of the Clayton County, Georgia, Police Department, was announced Tuesday as Fayetteville’s police chief.

Hawkins, who will start Aug. 14, will become the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville. She said in a statement released by the city that she is thrilled and looks forward to “hitting the ground running” soon.

“Being able to serve as the police chief for the City of Fayetteville is a tremendous honor, and I will be fulfilling one of my long-term career goals,” she said. “The Police Department is best in class and values community policing while they are engaged with problem solving.”

City Manager Doug Hewett made the announcement in the City Hall council chambers, culminating a search that began in February to replace Chief Harold Medlock. Medlock announced his intention to retire in September and took a medical leave of absence that started in October and carried through his last day in December.

Hewett said he was impressed with Hawkins’ ability to listen and understand the needs of the community, her attention to detail, and her ability to adapt and evolve. He said he also liked her sense of humor while working in a serious, demanding profession and her ability to connect with people.

Hawkins said in a telephone interview that her leadership style includes engaging and listening.

“I try to pull the best out of everyone,” she said.

Hawkins has developed a reputation as a no-nonsense cop during her 28 years in law enforcement. She said she sees that as holding people accountable, upholding standards and keeping things on track.

“I know the Fayetteville Police Department is doing that,” she said. “I don’t see 'no-nonsense' as a problem.”

Hawkins said she would have to wait to determine the challenges she faces, but said she’s not afraid to deal with them. She said crime is always an issue, even when it goes down.

“We’re always going to be trying to decrease crime,” she said. “We’re never going to get complacent.”

Hawkins has served in the state of Georgia for her entire career. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, and attended N.C. Central University in Durham for two years before starting her career in 1988 with the Atlanta Police Department.

She has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Georgia State University and a master's in management from Johns Hopkins University. She graduated the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Insititute for Police at Boston University.

As a deputy chief with the Clayton County police force, she has overseen the field operations and support services commands for the county of roughly 278,000 people.

Hawkins will make $140,000 as Fayetteville’s police chief. She will manage 433 sworn and 187 non-sworn employees and a $53.9 million budget.

Two other candidates were in the running for the job, including Anthony Kelly, who has been interim chief since Medlock’s retirement. The other was James Hinson Jr., a deputy chief in the Greensboro Police Department.

Hewett said Kelly has pledged his “100 percent” support to make Hawkins’ tenure a success. Hewett said he holds Kelly in high regard and praised the interim chief for how he has led the department.

“I really felt that Chief Hawkins’ experience, skills and abilities are what we need to move us even further,” he said.

Hawkins said in the statement that she looks forward to working with Kelly. She said he has done an excellent job as interim chief and that she expects to learn many great things from him.

“Fayetteville is a great city heading in the right direction, and I am excited to serve and work with its residents,” she said.

In the interview, Hawkins said she sees Kelly’s service to the department as a bonus.

“He’s still the assistant chief,” she said. “He’s still part of the community.”

Hawkins said she and Kelly are friends. She said she doesn’t see the support he has as a problem.

“They just need to get to know me,” she said.

Hawkins said she is proud to be first minority to serve as Fayetteville’s police chief. Her father, who served in the Air Force and was a Golden Gloves boxer, was black. Her mother is Panamanian.

Hawkins said she realizes that she is representing a lot of female law enforcement officers.

“I don’t want to let them down, but I also won’t let down my brothers,” she said.

Hawkins said she doesn’t want to diminish the significance of being the first female, but also doesn’t to overemphasize the issue.

“Remember, I’ve been a female all my life,” she said. “I’ve worked hard.”

Steve DeVane Staff writer @WriterDeVane


PASADENA'S RICHARD BELL TO BE SWORN IN AS WEST COVINA PD CHIEF
On Monday July 3, Pasadena native and John Muir alum Richard Bell will be sworn in as the first African-American Chief of Police for the City of West Covina.

An outstanding athlete, Richard played football at John Muir and was All-Pacific League and All-Southern Section quarterback and he went on to play slot back at the University of Nebraska. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 12th round and played a season with them. He went to the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent the next season and was released during training camp. The next year he went to Spain to play for the Barcalona Dragons but was severely injured and his career came to an end.

A law enforcer for over twenty years, Richard has been breaking down barriers his whole life. When he first African-American male hired in the City of San Marino in the '90s. Richard told the Pasadena Black Pages that when he got to San Marino he didn't know he was the first Black male to work there, simply because the city is so close to Pasadena and Pasadena is such a diverse community. He had no idea that things were so different right down the street.

Richard followed the chief from San Marino to West Covina and he has been there ever since.
West Covina just got a good man to run things, even if its just for a little while. Still young by police standards, Richard will be sworn in Monday as the interim chief and the buck will stop with him, but the city is currently looking for a permanent replacement. So even though the intern label will be off and Richard will wear the stripes of the chief, he feels like he will be the chief somewhere someday.

We could use a local guy who really understands the community here in Pasadena. it's a beautiful thing the see progression in a city like West Covina, but it brings us back to the lack of progression here in Pasadena, a very diverse city that hasn't had an African-American police chief since James M. Robenson in the 80s.

West Covina has Richard Bell now, but if they don't want to keep him, we think he would be the best Chief of Police Pasadena could ever have. Things have to change and Richard Bell could straighten out a lot of things here in Pasadena.



Retired LAPD Lieutenant and SCC NOBLE Member on Dr. Phil this week. He will also have a workshop on Human Trafficking at NOBLE National Conference in Atlanta!   Click Here



Police Chief Kenton W. Rainey
Veteran Police Chief Kenton W. Rainey has been named the new chief of police for the University of Chicago Police Department, effective July 1.

As chief, Rainey will oversee the approximately 100 members of the full-service, professionally accredited police department and serve as the department’s representative on campus and in the neighboring communities. Rainey also will direct the UCPD’s policing initiatives, develop innovative crime prevention strategies and implement effective community policing programs.

Rainey will report to Eric M. Heath, associate vice president for the University’s Department of Safety & Security.

“One of the many valuable areas of expertise Kenton brings to the University of Chicago is his involvement with creating innovative, community-based policing strategies,” said Heath. “Throughout his law enforcement career, Kenton has worked in diverse communities, where he built strong and positive relationships with community members and successfully implemented new policing programs, resulting in effective policing efforts.”

Most recently Rainey served as the chief of police for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department until his retirement from the role at the end of last year. Rainey also has served as chief of police for the Fairfield, Calif. Police Department and commander of the airport police for the San Antonio Police Department, in addition to leadership roles with several other law enforcement agencies in California and Ohio.

"The University of Chicago is a world-class organization, and it is an honor and privilege for me to have been selected for this position,” said Rainey. “I’m excited to work with the members of the University’s police department, the University’s students, faculty and staff, and area community members so that together we can achieve our public safety mission.”

Rainey, who is originally from Chicago, is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and the University of Phoenix with a master’s degree in organizational management.