Keith Samuel
Keith Samuel is no stranger to complex, high-stress operating environments. Through his experiences with the US Marine Corps and Oakland Police Department, Keith has learned how to lead through these environments with calm, pragmatism, and precision.
Keith believes that training and development is the key to success in any environment. A leader is responsible for developing an organization - giving them the tools they need to be successful. As a police training officer, Keith offered a focused approach to develop young officers that provided them with increased situational awareness and leveled emotional control to keep themselves and their community safe.
Through his Behavioral Analysis training, Keith learned to read people and situations and develop a deeper sense of the big picture. Through his experience as an investigator, Keith learned to ask questions that got him to a deep understanding of a situation quickly and efficiently. These experiences have provided him with a foundation of emotional intelligence to read and lead others through high-stress situations.
As an Officer in the US Marine Corps, Keith demonstrated his capacity to untangle complex challenges and deliver results. His efforts leading one of the largest logistics and supply chain units in the US Marine Corps provisioned domestic and forward operating bases with the supplies needed to keep Marines operating effectively worldwide.
Keith has received awards and recognition for his exceptional service in both the US Marine Corps and Oakland Police Department including:
  • Medal of Merit – Oakland Police Department
  • The Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training: Internal Affairs Investigation
  • The Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training: Advanced Certificate
  • Chief’s Certificate of Commendation – Oakland Police Department
  • Captain’s Certificate of Commendation – Oakland Police Department
Keith earned his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College and graduated with honors from the US Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership School. He served in the US Marine Corps for 22 years (11 years as a Reservist), retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 3. He served with the Oakland Police Department for 22 years. During his time there, Keith served as a Patrol Officer, SWAT team member, Explosive Detection Canine Officer, Recruiting and Training Officer, and Internal Affairs Investigator.