BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills City Council presented a proclamation to retiring Police Chief David Snowden in honor of 11 years of service to the city and nearly 50 years in law enforcement on Tuesday, June 16 during the latest City Council meeting.

Prior to joining the Beverly Hills Police Department, Chief Snowden served as Chief of the Costa Mesa Police Department and Chief of the Baldwin Park Police Department.

During his tenure, the police department opened an Emergency Operations Center, built citywide security cameras as well as automated license plate readers and maintained its average emergency call response time of under three minutes.

“I couldn’t have been prouder to worn the badge of the Beverly Hills Police Department,” said Chief Snowden. “You have the best badge wearing officers on planet earth working here.”

Several councilmembers praised the outgoing police chief for his ability to maintain a positive relationship between the department and local residents.

“Beverly Hills is a very unique community in many ways,” said Vice Mayor John Mirisch. “One of them is how we look at our police which I feel should be a model for so many other cities not just in California but throughout the United States.”

Councilmember Lili Bosse alluded to the large crowd in attendance for the ceremony as a symbol of Chief Snowden’s work in the city.

“I want you to look in this room and see this packed house and all the people outside in the hallway,” Bosse said. “This is the respect and the honor that everybody in this community feels for you.”