Chief of Police (Ret.)
Seattle Police Department, Washington, United States
Carmen Best, Chief of Police Seattle (Retired) served with the Seattle Police Department for 28 years before retiring in 2020. As Chief of Police was her creation of the Collaborative Police Bureau, encouraging community partnerships and engagement. She received the “Newsmaker of the Year” award from the Seattle Black Press, the “Vision from the Mountain Top” award from Urban Impact for her commitment to justice and community, the “Influential Woman of 2020” award from the Puget Sound Business Journal and the FBI National Executive Institute Associates (NEIA) National Law Enforcement Ethics Award 2020, and the "Woman of the Year 2022" award from the National Police Defense Foundation. She was awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, dedicated to recognizing individuals who selflessly contribute to society and uphold the ideals of America, an award read into the Congressional Record. Additionally, Ms. Best was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on the public safety announcements “Safe in the Sound.”
Ms. Best became a first-time author in late 2021 by releasing, “Black in Blue: Lessons on Leadership, Breaking Barriers and Racial Reconciliation.”
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