Former San Diego Harbor Police Department Chief Mark Stainbrook was sworn in Tuesday as the new chief of the Beverly Hills Police Department.

Stainbrook took the oath of office during a City Hall ceremony featuring the mayor, City Council members and other dignitaries. He replaces interim Chief Dominick Rivetti, who has headed the department since May 2020.

“I’ve learned very quickly that this is a highly engaged and super supportive community, and I’m very excited about that,” Stainbrook said after being administered the oath. “I’m sure that the current state of American law enforcement is on the minds of everyone here. Certainly these have been challenging times, but there are things that remain constant. We want safe neighborhoods. We want our world-renowned business district to be safe and thriving.

“… We will be trusted stewards of your homes, your businesses, your schools and your places of worship,” he said. “But this mission can never be successful without members of the community. Together we’ll maintain the high standards of safety and security expected by the city and we’ll foster robust relationships within our community, and we will continue to uphold the Beverly Hills community quality of life.”

Stainbrook began his career as a Los Angeles Police Department officer in 1995. He rose to the rank of lieutenant before joining the San Diego Harbor Police Department as assistant chief in 2011.

Stainbrook became chief of the San Diego Harbor Police Department in 2018. He was selected as the San Diego Crime Commission’s County Law Enforcement Official of the Year in 2019.

Stainbrook recently retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, where he was assigned a variety of duties including military police, civil affairs and information operations over a 32-year career, according to the city. While serving in Iraq in 2003, Stainbrook was tasked to reconstitute Iraqi police units in Baghdad.

Beverly Hills City Manager George Chavez said Stainbrook’s “international credentials, experience in high-profile agencies and collaborative approach will bring new energy and valuable insight to our community and the department.”

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