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California Governor appoints HAPCOA Board Member to Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training

December 16, 2021

Marina Police Chief Tina Nieto has been appointed to the Commission on Peace Officer
Standards and Training (POST).

The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) was established by
the Legislature in 1959 to set minimum selection and training standards for California
law enforcement. The POST Commission forms a balanced group of city and county
administrators, law enforcement professionals, educators, and public members. The
Governor appoints 15 of the Commissioners, with the advice and consent of the Senate,
for three-year overlapping terms.

Two critical pieces of legislation that the POST Commission has been tasked to
implement are SB 2 that creates a system to investigate and revoke or suspend peace
officer certification for serious misconduct; and SB 16 that increases transparency over
peace officer misconduct records.

Prior to joining the City of Marina, Chief Nieto spent over 28 years with the Los Angeles
Police Department (LAPD), including her last 10 years as a Command Officer with that
agency. When she was promoted to Command Level with the LAPD she became the
first Hispanic female in LAPD’s history to do so. Chief Nieto served with the United
States Army Reserve attaining the rank of Captain. She also has an extensive teaching
background in leadership. She was on the original design team for the West
Point Leadership Program, has taught diversity at the LAPD Academy, has been a
guest speaker at Leadership Conferences, and has facilitated at LAPD’s Supervisory
School. She spent ten years as a facilitator for POST’s Supervisory Leadership
Institute. Chief Nieto is the current President of the Monterey County Chief Law
Enforcement Association, and serves on Monterey County’s Restorative Justice
Commission, Emergency Medical Care Committee, EMS Medical Advisory Committee,
and the Medical Operations Subcommittee.

Chief Nieto also is a member of the Marina Rotary Club and the Executive Director for
the Marina Police Activities League. Chief Nieto received her Bachelor of Science in
Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton and her Master’s Degree in
Leadership and Management, from the University of La Verne. She is a graduate of
several Executive Level Law Enforcement Programs. Chief Nieto has been the
recipient of numerous awards both locally, nationally, and internationally for her work
with diverse communities.

Chief Nieto become the first female elected to serve as National President of the
Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) where she served
as President from 2016-2017.

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