Seaside Police Chief Abdul Pridgen headed to San Leandro

SEASIDE — After more than three years of running the Seaside Police Department, Abdul Pridgen will become the new police chief for the city of San Leandro in Alameda County effective Sept. 13.

“It is an honor to be gifted the chance to serve the dedicated men and women of the San Leandro Police Department and the rich, diverse group of San Leandrans,” Pridgen said in a press release. “Our profession faces many challenges, but we have a tremendous opportunity to set an example for progressive, procedurally just, transparent, accountable, and community-focused policing. I look forward to working closely with all of our internal and external stakeholders to make the San Leandro Police Department a pioneering model of contemporary policing for others to emulate.”

Pridgen became Seaside’s police chief in March 2018 after spending 26 years with the Fort Worth, Texas, police department, where he attained the rank of assistant chief of police. Pridgen was a finalist for Oakland police chief before the city selected LeRonne Armstrong as its top cop earlier this year.

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