Desert Hot Springs, California (July 10, 2012) – City Manager Rick Daniels announced today the promotion of Commander Kate Singer as Desert Hot Springs Police Chief-designate who will replace Police Chief Patrick Williams on August 9, 2012.
Chief-designate Singer started her career in law enforcement in 1988 as a Volunteer Police Reserve with the San Rafael Police Department. In 1989, she promoted to Deputy Sheriff I with the Marin County Sheriff’s Department and moved up the ranks to Sergeant. While with the Marin County Sheriff’s Department she worked and supervised in the county jail system and patrol operations. She served as a Field Training Officer, Jail Training Officer, Drug Recognition Expert and Peer Counselor.
In 2000, Chief-designate Singer took a position with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) in Sacramento where she served as a Senior Law Enforcement Consultant in the Basic Training Bureau, Center for Leadership Development Bureau and Training Program Services. While at POST, Chief-designate Singer created the regulations, supporting courses, and publications to enact mandated police officer field training programs statewide. She also created the regulations, supporting courses, and publications to offer the alternative COPS (Community Oriented Policing) Police Training Program (PTO) within California. She initiated the curriculum revision for POST’s premier leadership program , the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SU).
In 2008, Chief-designate Singer took the position as Commander with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department. She has been responsible for managing, directing and supervising both the Patrol Operations and the Support Services Division.
While as a Commander, she re-engineered the annual police officer evaluation process, brought current the Administrative Investigations, served as the Department Liaison for Operation Falling Sun, initiated the 1st Annual Community Policing Initiative (CPI) Town Hall Meeting in 2011 and directed the implementation of the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) through the Community Policing Initiative.
Chief-designate Singer was an Adjunct Faculty and Recruit Training Officer at the Santa Rosa Criminal Justice Training Center where she served as a Recruit Training Officer for academy classes. She was responsible for developing, coaching, disciplining, evaluating and supervising trainees/students throughout their academy experience.
Chief-designate Singer received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Psychology from Houghton College in Houghton, New York and received her Master of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology from San Francisco State University. She also holds a Management POST certificate.
The employment contract is currently being negotiated and will be finalized by next week.