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Office of the Chief of Police
Chief of Police 

The Office of the Chief of Police consists of both sworn and professional employees dedicated to primarily providing internal support services to the Organization.  Led by the Chief of Police, the Division has 28 full-time employees. 


The specific units that make up this division are:
  • Office of Business Services
  • Office of Professional Standards and Accountability
  • Police Chief's Office
  • Media Relations/PIO

Chief of Police Kimberly Petersen

Chief Kimberly Petersen Captain Petersen began her career with the Fremont Police Department in 1996.  Her more than 20 years of experience includes time served in many capacities, most recently serving as the Administrative Operations Division Commander for the Department. 

As an officer, Chief Petersen served as a Field Training Officer, a Firearms and Rifle Instructor, an Arrest Control, Baton and Self-Defense Instructor, and as a Spanish translator.  She was a member of the SWAT team for 11 years, serving as an Operator, a Team Leader, and later as the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Team supervisor.  

In 2012 Chief Petersen was promoted to Police Captain.  For five years she served as the Patrol Division Commander in July of 2017, Captain Petersen transferred to the Administrative Operations Division after serving as the Department's Patrol Division Commander for five years.  As the Patrol Division Commander, she 
had oversight of the day-to-day response to calls for service by uniformed police and community service officers, the Traffic Unit, K9 Unit and the Communications Unit.  One of Captain Petersen's last major accomplishments as the Patrol Division Commander was the implementation of the newly formed Mental Health Evaluation Team.  

In 2017, Chief Petersen rotated to the Administrative Operations Division.  In this role, she had oversight of Animal Services and the Tri-City Animal Shelter, the Detention Facility, CSI Program, Records, Property and Evidence, Training and the Department's Personnel Unit.  She also served as a member of the City of Fremont's Smart Cities Committee.

Chief Petersen has a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University and an M.A. in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. 

Community Service
Prior to life in law enforcement, Chief Petersen played soccer for the Stanford Cardinal, and later in Japan's professional women's soccer league. She currently coaches her kids sports teams. 

Chief Petersen
Kimberly Petersen
Chief of Police

Phone: (510) 790-6811