San Leandro Police Chief Honored by Chabot College

City of San Leandro Police Chief Sandra R. Spagnoli is the recipient of the 2012 Defense of Liberty Award. This is the inaugural year for the award which was established by the Administration of Justice program at Chabot College.
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March 15, 2012 - PRLog -- The City of San Leandro is pleased to announce that Police Chief Sandra R. Spagnoli is the recipient of the 2012 Defense of Liberty Award.  This is the inaugural year for the award which was established by the Administration of Justice program at Chabot College.  The Award will be presented at a ceremony today at the College.  The Defense of Liberty Award honors those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of law enforcement and service that improves the safety, security, and quality of life in the community.

“Chief Spagnoli has promoted professionalism and integrity throughout the San Leandro Police Department,” said Mayor Stephen Cassidy.  “She is an outstanding Chief of Police, and we are proud that Chabot College has recognized her leadership with this award.”

The award is given to two members of the Administration of Justice community whose leadership, work, and service exemplifies the role of law enforcement in defense of liberty and democracy.    The second awardee is Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban.

“We congratulate Chief Spagnoli on being one of two recipients for the 1st annual Defense of Liberty award from Chabot College,” said City Manager Chris Zapata.  “Her work and leadership of the men and women of the San Leandro Police Department has helped our community become safer and has been noted on a regional basis.”

“Our 2012 honorees have been trailblazers in their respective careers.  Their professional accomplishments are not only historic but serve as a model for the men and women we are training at Chabot for careers of service, civic engagement, and leadership in the administration of justice,”   said Dr. Susan Sperling, President of Chabot College .

Chief Spagnoli said, “I want to thank Chabot College for their dedication to the law enforcement community and for choosing me as the inaugural recipient of the Defense of Liberty Award.  I am honored for the selection, and I say with great pride that I proudly serve the City of San Leandro and the men and woman of the San Leandro Police Department”.

Chief Spagnoli started her law enforcement career as a police explorer in the City of San Carlos. She was hired as a police officer by San Carlos in 1990 where she promoted through the ranks to Commander.  In 2007, she was hired as the Chief of Police in Benicia and became the Chief of Police for the City of San Leandro in 2011.  Chief Spagnoli currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the California Peace Officer Standards and Training and as the President of the California Peace Officer Association.   Chief Spagnoli holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors degree in Human Services Management.  She has attended the FBI National Academy and POST Command College and has graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Chief Spagnoli and Chief Diane Urban will be recognized today, Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Chabot College.

About San Leandro
A diverse community of nearly 85,000 residents centrally located in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro maintains a safe, small town feel where neighbors care for each other, while offering a wide range of shopping, dining, recreation, miles of shoreline, and easy access to nearby regional parks and nature areas.  Over the past decade the community has invested more than $250 million in renovating and modernizing its public schools and building state-of-the-art facilities for students.  

Possessing a rich manufacturing history, businesses in San Leandro enjoy multiple advantages including a large industrial and commercial zone, close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a large and well-educated workforce in the city and East Bay.  Through a public-private partnership, known as Lit San Leandro, a ten mile fiber optic loop is being constructed in the city, assisting a new set of businesses to leverage San Leandro’s assets and become industry leaders in the data revolution.  Further information about Lit San Leandro can be found at

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