Annette Spicuzza - The Risling Group


Annette is with Stanford University’s Department of Public Safety as a civilian manager overseeing their Support Services Division. Chief Spicuzza has worked in five different police departments ranging from a major municipality, to a small town, to building a department from the ground up, to university law enforcement,  in three states across the country. Annette’s law enforcement experience spanned 27 years beginning with the Chicago Police Department.  Her career began in 1985 where she served 6 years as a police officer; and she later spent 14 years working with the Kennewick, Federal Way, and the University of Washington Police Departments in Washington State. She was the first woman to hold the position of Chief of Police for the University of California-Davis Police Department and served seven years in the post. Her law enforcement expertise encompasses the areas of patrol, investigations, training, and administration.  Currently, Annette is with Stanford University’s Department of Public Safety as a civilian manager overseeing their Support Services Division. 

Annette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern Illinois University; and a Master of Public Administration degree from City University of Seattle.  Moreover, she is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command and the Northwest Law Enforcement Executive Command College.  

Her public speaking has included the following annual conferences: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), the California College and University Police Chiefs Association (CCUPCA), Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command Re-Trainer Seminar, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Campus Public Order Focus Group Meeting, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Connecticut, and at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) national conference.  She, also participated in Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Conferences as a ‘Mentor’.  Additionally, Chief Spicuzza was chosen as the “2008 Campus Safety Director of the Year,” a national award presented by the publication, Campus Security.