Jim Cervera is the Chief of Police of the Virginia Beach Police Department, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s largest city police force. He supervises nearly 1,000 employees, both sworn and non-sworn, and has responsibility for a budget of $100 million. His career in law enforcement spans over 39 years, beginning in Montclair, New Jersey in 1976. Since his arrival in Virginia in 1978, he steadily moved through the ranks of the Virginia Beach Police Department to his current position to which he was appointed September 1, 2010. Chief Cervera has served in a wide variety of leadership roles, including serving as SWAT Team Leader, Community Policing Program Director, and Second Precinct Commanding Officer. He also served as the Operations Plans Officer for the FEMA Virginia Task Force Two: Urban Search and Rescue. He is recognized in particular for his innovative efforts and leadership in the areas of race relations, community policing, DUI enforcement and gang strategies and awareness. He served on Governor Bob McDonnell’s Transition Team.
Active in the community, Chief Cervera currently serves on the Virginia Beach Foundation Board, the Board of Trustees of Project Lifesaver International, and as a Board Member of the Chesapeake Bay Alcohol Safety Action Program. His service to the community has been recognized with the 1994 Inaugural Human Rights Award from the City of Virginia Beach. He received a proclamation from Governor Gilmore and the City Council of Virginia Beach in 1998 for efforts in community oriented policing and the Department of the Army Award of Recognition for rescue/recovery efforts at the Pentagon in 2001. He was presented the LEAD Hampton Roads’ Class of 2002 “Exemplary Leadership Award” and the “Board Partnership Excellence Award” in 2005. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Chief Cervera to the Governor’s Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse Task Force in 2014.
Chief Cervera holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration from Old Dominion University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy; Police Executive Leadership School, University of Richmond; Senior Executive Institute, University of Virginia; Senior Management Institute for Police, Boston University; and the National Executive Institute of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Chief Mike Brown has served in the Salt Lake City Police Department since 1991. He was appointed Chief of Police on May 3, 2016, and prior to that was the Interim Police Chief, appointed on June 11, 2015. He has held many positions throughout the department during his 25-year career, and most recently was the Commander for the Special Operations Bureau. As the Interim Police Chief, he implemented a Civilian Advisory Board (CAB).
Chief Jennifer Evans began her career with Peel Regional Police in 1983. She worked in Uniform Patrol for several years and has an extensive criminal investigative background having worked over eight years in the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau. In 1996 she assisted Justice Archie Campbell in the Review involving serial rapist and murderer Paul Bernardo and later that year she accepted a two year secondment to work as a Violent Crime Analyst at the Provincial ViCLAS Centre in Orillia. In 1998 she was transferred to work at the Office of the Chief Coroner and conducted several in-custody death investigations of individuals who died in police custody.
In the years following she worked in various areas including the Homicide & Missing Persons Bureau, Uniform Patrol, the Duty Inspector’s Office, and Information Services. In April of 2008 she was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police.
In October 2010 she was asked to conduct a review of the Missing Women Investigations in lower mainland British Columbia and the police investigation into Serial Murderer Robert Pickton prior to his arrest in February 2002. Chief Evans reviewed thousands of documents and conducted numerous interviews with police officers involved in the initial investigations. In January 2012 she testified at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry regarding her report and provided her opinion as to the results of her Review.
In October 2012 she was sworn in as the 6th Peel Regional Police Chief. Peel Regional Police serves the 1,250,000 people residing in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton, as well as 36 million travellers who pass annually through Pearson International Airport.
Peel Regional Police is the third largest municipal police service in Canada with 2000 sworn officers and over 800 civilian support staff. Chief Evans is currently on the Executive for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police is the Chair of the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement Advisory Council.
Chief Harteau joined the MPD in 1987 and worked her way through the ranks beginning as a patrol officer on the street until December of 2012 when she was sworn in as the 52nd and first female chief of police in the department’s history.
In 2006 as the Inspector of the First Precinct, she worked to formalize the SafeZone collaborative and served as the first president of its board of directors until July of 2009. As the First Precinct Inspector she was a longtime proponent of strong public/private partnerships to strengthen public safety downtown. Among those partnerships was the creation of the Block E station, the Fusion Center and the Downtown Courtwatch program for which the MPD won an international community policing award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).