Hello everybody, my name is Ramon Batista, and I am the newly appointed Police Chief for the City of Santa Monica. Here’s a little bit about me.

I have spent the majority of my adult life serving in public safety. Becoming a police officer was a childhood dream. I had the opportunity to live that dream starting with the Tucson Police Department where I spent the first ten years of my career as a police officer. During my tenure there, I worked in every major area of operations. And, after 31 years, I retired as an assistant chief of police. On my career path to becoming a police chief, I attended every major law enforcement executive training program in the country.

And, in 2017 I became the chief of the Mesa Arizona Police Department where we accomplished numerous breakthrough achievements, and reinforced community partnerships while keeping both the community and the officers safe.

I am married to my amazing wife, Nina, and we have two great kids and one beautiful grandchild.

It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead the men and women of the Santa Monica Police Department in the mission of providing you unparalleled public safety. The Santa Monica Police Department has a history of dedicated service and collaborative community engagement. My goal is to strengthen and support the ideals of building trust and legitimacy in pursuit of advancing the principles of 21st Century Policing. 

It is my strong belief that we have an outstanding police department. The members of this agency stand ready to grow into the future. We have the internal capacity, our members possess an exceptional, intellectual body of knowledge and understanding. Our goal will be to apply our strengths in conjunction with our community to solve problems.

I will be everyone’s chief. I will fight for justice and safety in our community and I will stand proudly for the officers and professional staff, showcasing and talking about the good work they’re doing. 

The goals of community safety and officer safety are not mutually exclusive; they are two arcs of strength and resilience that are at their best when they are complimentary of each other and moving in the same direction. Put another way, public safety and justice in policing are not mutually exclusive, we can and will do both.

I am excited about our future and I look forward to meeting you and working with you as we, collectively, move forward with our new City Manager and City Council to continue the work of making Santa Monica one of the best places to live and play.

Submitted by: Ramon Batista, Police Chief