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Director: Chief Colleen Wilson
Colleen became the Chief of Port of Seattle Police Department in August of 2007. Her nearly forty year law enforcement career includes nine years as Chief of Monroe Police Department, where in 1993 she became the first female police chief in the state of Washington. She is the former chair of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and past President of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC).
Colleen trains and is considered a law enforcement expert in interpersonal violence. Her work includes representing law enforcement on several domestic violence and child abuse task forces, leading to legislative and policy changes for the State. Colleen spear-headed efforts in coordinated, multi-disciplinary response to victims and co-authored two state-wide model policies.
Working with victims of trauma is not new to Chief Wilson. She remembers her first line of duty death in the early days of her career. The fallen officer was a resident of her own community. Notification was not what it is today nor was support to the family. “That death taught me a great deal about how important it is that we care for the families of fallen officers, not only during the days immediately following the death, but in the interminable days that follow. And remembering their sacrifice should be the task of every one of us who continues to wear the uniform.”
Colleen attended Gonzaga University, University of Southern California's Delinquency Control Institute and University of Washington's Cascade Program for Executive Excellence as well as the FBI National Academy. Her husband, Jerry, is a retired schoolteacher. They have two grown children.