Carmen Best

Deputy Chief

Seattle Police Department

As deputy chief of the Seattle Police Department, Carmen Best oversees patrol operations, criminal investigations, the special operations bureau, and community outreach section.

Since joining the police department in 1992, her assignments have included uniformed patrol, school safety, department spokeswomen, patrol supervisor, media relations supervisor, watch commander, operations lieutenant, narcotics proactive commander, robbery/gangs/fugitive commander, community outreach commander, south precinct commander, and assistant chief of the criminal investigations bureau and deputy chief of police.

Carmen has a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, a certificate in police management from the University of Washington, and a certificate in criminal justice education from the University of Virginia. She completed the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2006, the FBI National Academy in 2010, and the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Academy in 2013 and the Major City Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute. She received the 2015 Newsmaker of the Year award from the Seattle Black Press.

She is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Latino Police Officers Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the FBI National Academy Associates. She is also on the trustee board for Lakeside School.

Carmen is married and has two daughters.

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