Chief’s Community Ambassador Team


Thank you for applying for the next cohort of Chief John Cregan’s Community Ambassador Team (C-CAT). The City Manager's Office is currently reviewing applications. Questions about the C-CAT program or application process can be directed to Lt. Dan Hackett at [email protected] or (707) 543-3630. 


The Chief’s Community Ambassador Team (C-CAT) is designed to be a bridge between the community and the Santa Rosa Police Department. It will facilitate and enhance communication and the relationship between the Police Department and the community. The Team will assist in informing the Police Chief of the broader community’s concerns and views regarding public safety, thus guiding the focus of law enforcement services.

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    Gabriel Albavera

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    Annette Arnold

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    Nelly Burton

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    Karina Calderon Robles

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    Arthur Deicke

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    Eddie Estrada

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    Felecia Ford

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    Willie Gin

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    George Gittleman

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    Jim Gray

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    Sonya McVay-Straub

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    Evette Minor

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    Shawntel Reece

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    Nancy Rogers

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    Sandra Wandel


What is the C-CAT?

C-CAT is a group of community members who will serve and lend their insight to strengthen the police department’s relationship with the community through constructive feedback and discussion.

How many members are on C-CAT?

Approximately 15 to 20 members

What are the ideal qualities of a C-CAT member?

Ideal candidates will represent stakeholders in the community and be residents, employed in, or have a “sphere of influence” within the City of Santa Rosa.

How are members selected?

The City Manager will review applications and make C-CAT new member selections based on responses to questions on the application.

What do C-CAT members do? How long do they serve?

Members will provide a two-way conduit of information to the community and the police department. They will provide input and information to the police chief regarding issues concerning the community and the police department, and likewise share information from the police department back to the community. Members will serve either a one or two-year term on a rotating basis.

How many hours per month are members expected to volunteer?

There is no volunteer time expectation, just required attendance to monthly meetings that will not exceed two hours. The date and time for meetings will be determined based on the availability of selected members. If more than 3 meetings per year are missed, members will be excused (extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration). 

Are there any prerequisites to joining C-CAT?

Potential C-CAT members are expected to participate in a Community Policing Experience at the Santa Rosa Police Department. Members selected for C-CAT will be expected to attend the CPE in April 2023, exact dates will be announced soon.

What is the difference between this group and the Community Advisory Board (CAB)?

The primary difference between the C-CAT and the CAB is that while the C-CAT is focused solely on issues pertaining to law enforcement and the Santa Rosa Police Department, the CAB’s focus is more broad-based and includes other issues of concern of Santa Rosa residents. The CAB’s mission is to connect city government and residents so the public can have a voice in decisions that impact their lives and build a stronger, more resilient community.

How often does C-CAT meet?

C-CAT will meet once per month at SRPD. The first meeting will be scheduled soon.

Are meetings open to the public?

Meeting notes will be made available to the public on this webpage.

Where will the meetings be held?

Meetings will be held in the Public Safety Building at 965 Sonoma Ave.

I am not a C-CAT member but would like to provide input. How may I do so?

Input can be provided through email to [email protected] with the subject “C-CAT Input” or directly to an existing C-CAT member.