Deanna Cantrell

Deanna Cantrell

Deanna Cantrell started with the San Luis Obispo California Police Department as the Chief of Police in 2016.  Prior to this appointment, she was with the Mesa, Arizona Police Department for 21 years.

Deanna believes the police exist to make lives better.  Because of that, she has developed a deep-rooted history of engagement with the community and developing employee wellness both in Mesa and in San Luis Obispo.  For their efforts, she and her team recently received an award from the Anti-Defamation League for combatting hate.  Deanna has always supported the recruitment, retention, development, and promotion of deserving women in law enforcement, previously serving as the Chair of the Arizona Women’s Initiative Network (AZ-WIN), and currently as a Co-Chair for the California Women Leaders in Law Enforcement.  Deanna serves on several local boards, as well as internationally on the Professional Standards Ethics and Image Committee with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and as the 2nd VP for the California Police Chiefs Association.   Deanna was also selected in 2018 as the 24th District, California Congressional Woman of the year.

Deanna holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University. She is a graduate of Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School and is an adjunct faculty member for Northwestern University.

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