Police Chief Sean Washington joined the Fremont Police Department in 1997 and worked several assignments gaining experience as a Detective, Field Training Officer, SWAT Team Member, Arrest Control Instructor, Driving Instructor, and member of the School Resource Officer Unit. Chief Washington was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2007, Lieutenant in 2011, and Captain in 2015 as commander of the Special Operations Division. He was appointed Police Chief on October 1, 2021.
As Police Chief, he is responsible for all aspects of the Fremont Police Department, including emergency services provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Fremont Police Department has 319.5 full-time employees of which 199 are sworn positions. The Department is a full-service law enforcement agency and also provides some services by contract to other agencies.
Chief Washington is committed to ensuring FPD serves our community members with dignity, respect, and fairness. He remains actively involved in Special Olympics Northern California and other community-based events, such as hosting Shop With a Cop and mentoring local children. Previously, he also led one of the nation’s first Electric Patrol Vehicle Pilot Programs in 2019 when Fremont Police Department deployed its first fully electric-powered vehicle, a Tesla Model S 85, as part of its patrol fleet.
Chief Washington earned a Bachelor's degree (Criminal Justice) from California State University, Hayward in 1997 and a Master's degree (Administration of Justice) from San Jose State University in 2007. In 2015, Chief Washington graduated from the Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Command College, Class #57.