About Us

Retired Chief of Police - Law Enforcement/Public Safety Consultant

Founded & Managed by Joseph Kreins

Joseph Kreins, Consultant, has over 40 years of public safety and law enforcement experience.His expertiseincludes the full range of policing disciplines based on experience in several smalland mediumsized cities. As a consultant, Joseph provides expert advice on best practices in policing, leadership development, organizational assessments, recruitment and promotional processes, organization and command structures, municipal services, training, and community and media relations.

Joseph began his career in law enforcement when he became a police cadet/intern with the Concord, CA Police Department in 1974. He was hired as a police officer with the City of Sausalito, in 1980. He then returned to the Concord PoliceDepartment in 1985 and rose through the ranks, completing his tenure with Concord PD asa lieutenant/district commander. While in Concord, Joseph also served as the Department’s first-everpublic information officer (a position that held for 4 years). In 2001, Joseph was appointed chief of police for the SausalitoPolice Department. Two years later he was promoted to assistant city manager. Along with his position of police chief, his responsibilities included leadership and management of the city fire department, as well as information technology and city parking services.

In 2004, Joseph left Sausalito and was appointed chief of police for the City of Novato, acommunity of approximately 55,000 residents. He led that department until 2012 when he was recruitedto serve as chief of police for the City of Vallejo, a community of 116,000. He providedleadership in Vallejo during a critical period, following that city’s emergence from bankruptcy.During that time, police staffing levels were significantly reduced due to financial challengesand there were serious concerns about crime in Vallejo. During his tenure in Vallejo, the Department successfully reduced crime across all categories, enhanced community relationships and restored police staffing.

Chief Kreins has served as the interim chief of police in the cities of Vallejo, Benicia, Winters, Novato, Clayton and Suisun City. Joseph has also served as a Special Advisor and public safety consultant to the CEO of the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART). Additionally, he has served as consultant to the Central Marin Police Authority, completing management team building, strategic planning and an organizational audit of that agency. Chief Kreins has also completed comprehensive organizational assessments of the Vacaville and Redlands Police Departments. He is currently a POST certified facilitator/presenter for California law enforcement agencies in team building and strategic planning workshops. Additional clients for recruitments and promotional processes, organizational assessments, team building, and strategic planning have included the following:

  • City of Fairfield – Fairfield PD – Chief Randy Fenn
  • City of Antioch – Antioch PD – Chief Tammany Brooks
  • City of Martinez – Martinez PD – Chief Manjit Sappal
  • City of Novato – Novato PD – Chief Adam McGill
  • City of Winters – Winters PD – Chief John Miller
  • City of Visalia – Visalia PD – Chief Jason Salazar
  • City of Avenal – Avenal PD – Chief Russell Stivers
  • City of Vacaville – Vacaville PD – Chief John Carli
  • City of San Leandro – San Leandro PD – Chief Jeff Tudor
  • City of Redlands – Redlands PD – Chief Chris Catren
  • Central Marin Police Authority – Chief Todd Cusimano

Chief Kreins has become a subject matter expert in managing transitions in law enforcement agencies. Joseph was an outside candidate when he was selected as the Chief of Police in the Sausalito, Novato and Vallejo Police Departments. All three agencies had experienced significant levels of dysfunction prior to Chief Kreins being appointed as the new chief. Chief Kreins was able to stabilize each agency, replace policies and procedures, develop strategic plans, and enhance the morale and professionalism of each agency. In his capacity as the Interim Chief of Police in several police departments, Chief Kreins facilitated the recruitments of the next Chief of Police and provided expertise in building a foundation and paving the way for a seamless transition of leadership.

Joseph holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in human relations management from Golden GateUniversity (magna cum laude). He holds certificates from the California Police OfficerStandards Training (POST), including a certificate in executive management. He has completedthe Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executive Development (LEEDS) program and theSenior Management Institute for Policing (SMIP) sponsored by the Police ExecutiveResearch Forum (PERF). He has also attended many legal update seminars, numerousmanagement and leadership symposiums through the International Association of Chiefs of Police,Police Executive Research Forum, California Peace Officers Association, Federal Bureau of Investigation and California Police Chiefs Association.

Joseph has completed graduate course work in crisis communications, media relations, disaster preparedness and risk management. He is a graduate ofthe Concord Chamber of Commerce Leadership Diablo Program. Joseph is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), has served on theboard of directors for the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), and was president of the SolanoCounty Law Enforcement Administrators Association and the Marin County Police Chiefs Association. He is amember of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and California Peace Officers Association(CPOA). He served on the board of directors of the Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA). He has also held leadership positions in Rotary International, North Marin Community Services – Novato Youth Center, and the Mt. Diablo YMCA board of directors.

For more than 25 years, Joseph has taught a variety of law enforcement training courses including; policemedia relations, crisis communications,community policing, community-oriented government and problem solving, leadership development and developing first line supervisors. These courses were taught through the Peace Officers Standards Training (POST) programs – supervisory and management courses, and the California StateTraining Institute (CSTI) – California Office of Emergency Services (OES).

Chief Kreins founded the firm of Kreins Consulting in 2010 when he became the first law enforcement liaison to the Sonoma Marin Ara Rail Transit Authority (SMART) – a commuter rail system connecting Sonoma and Marin Counties.