Shawny K. Williams, Police Chief, VPD

Chief Shawny K. Williams

Chief Shawny K. Williams is a police executive with more than 29 years of public safety experience. Chief Williams was sworn-in as the City of Vallejo’s 11th Police Chief on November 12, 2019, joining during a critical time when our nation and community demanded accountability, transparency, and inclusion.

Chief Williams began his law enforcement career in 1993 with the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) and rose through the ranks while serving in roles from officer to Deputy Chief. During his tenure, Chief Williams worked in a variety of assignments such as Violent Crime Enforcement, Gang Detective, Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs, and the Bureau of Administration. He spent the last 12-years of his career at SJPD as a police executive.

Chief Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Simpson University and a Master of Arts degree from Fort Hays State University in Organizational Leadership. He is also a 2012 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy.

Chief Williams firmly believes in “Relational Policing” through “Servant Leadership”. He believes that community policing begins with two-way communication, active listening, cultural competency, and humility. By working to first understand the unique challenges and needs of the most marginalized in our society, he believes in using a “whole system” equity lens to address the underlining causes of disorder with trauma-informed care services.

Chief Williams hopes to continue building upon the principles of 21st Century Policing, using a balanced approach to public safety that includes prevention, intervention, and enforcement, which he commonly refers to as P.I.E. He also subscribes to an evidence-based and data-driven practice that is well-suited to the policing profession in the 21st Century.

Overall, Chief Williams believes that policing is a sacred trust, as such; all officers must exercise integrity, diligence, compassion, and above all reverence for the letter and spirit of the law.