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About Chief of Police Sean Whent
Chief Sean Whent joined the Oakland Police Department in 1994 as a Police Cadet. He graduated from the 136th Recruit Academy in 1996. During his career, he worked in the Patrol Division, Support Operations Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Internal Affairs Division and the Office of Inspector General. He has also served as a Field Training Officer and an instructor in the Police Academy.
In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief and assigned to the Bureau of Risk Management. In May of 2013, he was appointed as the Interim Police Chief upon the sudden retirement of Chief Jordan. On May 14, 2014 he was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Oakland Police Department.
Chief Whent has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from California State University East Bay and a Master's Degree in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California Irvine. He is married and has three daughters.
Chief Whent in the Media
- Interim Chief Whent on KGO live radio (Tim Ontemayor, KGO, May 16, 2013)
- Interim Chief Sean Whent: The Mission of the Police Department Doesn't Change (KTVU - May 2013)