Chief of Police
Colleen Wilson is the Chief of the Port of Seattle Police Department (POSPD). She became the Chief in August of 2007 where she is honored to serve with the POSPD officers who provide cutting edge professional police service to the unique international community of approximately 100,000 people moving through the airport each day, not to mention the cruise and shipping terminals. The POSPD works closely with other local police agencies on criminal investigations as well as supporting other police in neighboring cities in emergency situations. Our partners include the FBI, the Federal Air Marshalls and the Transportation Security Administration.
Chief Wilson prides herself on her 35 year law enforcement career which began at the Monroe Police Department where she was their first female police officer and came up through the ranks from patrol, investigations, and administrative duties. She specialized as an instructor for sexual assault investigations, providing a 40-hour class for police, and similar classes for civilians. Her career at Monroe also includes nine years as Chief in Monroe, where (in 1993) she became the first female police chief in the state of Washington. She is a strong proponent for community policing and personal safety for women. She has spoken at universities and colleges on these and other topics. After leaving Monroe, she became the Certification Manager for the state of Washington implementing the new statute requiring licensing of Peace Officers, and the Chief of Police for the City of Sumner before coming to the Port of Seattle.
Chief Wilson is the past President of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) and former chair of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. She is a recognized trainer and considered a law enforcement expert in interpersonal violence. Wilson has led efforts in coordinated, multi-disciplinary response to victims and co-authored two state-wide model policies. Appointed by three governors and a Supreme Court Justice as the law enforcement representative to various task forces, she has helped make legislative and policy change for Washington state, most recently in the areas of ethical response by police officers. Chief Wilson attended Gonzaga University, the University of Southern California's Delinquency Control Institute and the University of Washington's Cascade Program for Executive Excellence as well as the FBI National Academy.