Sylvia M. Moir
Chief of Police
Chief Sylvia Moir joined the Tempe Police Department as the Chief in March 2016
A California native, Chief Moir has 29 years of local police experience. Her understanding and practice of local law enforcement provided her a comprehensive perspective on the rewards and challenges of modern policing in integrated and progressive communities.
Chief Moir was the Chief of the El Cerrito Police Department from 2010 until her appointment as the Police Chief in Tempe, Arizona. In El Cerrito, Chief Moir strengthened the tactical and operational readiness of the department, enhanced training efforts to include Fair and Impartial Policing and mindfulness in policing, launched intelligence and analytic functions for crime suppression, began a robust social media presence, and initiated regional efforts in a variety of areas.
Chief Moir spent most of her early career with the Sacramento Police Department where she served in every division of the department. In the Sacramento Police Department, Chief Moir served as a patrol officer, field training officer, detective, academy commander, watch commander, and other assignments. She was responsible for racial profiling studies, Incident Command Training, daily safety and service in the Downtown Sacramento Area surrounding the State Capitol, and specialized units serving the entire city. She was the Incident Commander on hundreds of planned and spontaneous events utilizing up to 450 police personnel on single incidents in the safe crowd management of nearly 50,000 demonstrators at an event.
Chief Moir was a member of the Sacramento Police Honor Guard for 14 years. She was part of hundreds of funerals, ceremonial events, and she completed rigorous training with the US Army Old Guard at Fort Myer, VA and Arlington National Cemetery.
Chief Moir has been a facilitator and trainer for in-service and basic academy recruits in a variety of operational and administrative disciplines for over two decades. Chief Moir was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the Commission on California Peace Officer Standards and Training for two terms, she served on the Executive Committee for the California Police Chiefs Association, and as the President of the West Contra Costa County Chiefs. She is currently an Executive Fellow for the Police Foundation, on the Community Policing Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, an advisor for the American Law Institute, and on the Law Enforcement Council for the U.S. Humane Society.
Chief Moir holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management, and a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School- Center for Homeland Defense and Security where she published her thesis titled: FLUID LEADERSHIP: INVITING DIVERSE INPUTS TO ADDRESS COMPLEX PROBLEMS. Chief Moir is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) and LAPD West Point Leadership.
She is married, lives in Tempe, and enjoys reading, competing in full and half marathons, and cheering on the Boston Red Sox.