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Subject :Mark Fronterotta Selected to Lead Inglewood Police Dept.
Contact :Michael D. Falkow, PMP, Asst. City Manager    (310) 412-5301

Inglewood, CA (January 28, 2013) - The City of Inglewood announces that Interim Chief Mark Fronterotta has been selected by the City Council to become Inglewood's 17th Police Chief.  Fronterotta was appointed Interim Chief of Police in June 2012, and he has been running the agency during the selection process.  Following a nationwide recruitment process in an effort to attract top candidates that lasted several months, Fronterotta's selection was confirmed during a City Council meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

Mark Fronterotta was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and graduated from Lowell University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.  He began his law enforcement career in September 1981, and he has been with the Inglewood Police Department for more than 31 years.  His tenure as the Commander of the Office of Patrol Services included a restructuring of patrol to focus on the use of new technology and community collaboration.  Chief Fronterotta was instrumental in developing a concept of directed patrols, specifically addressing quality of life issues, crime prevention, violent crime, and reducing the fear of crime in the City of Inglewood. 

Fronterotta served much of his career in the Office of Special Operations.  His experience in this capacity included gang enforcement, narcotics, vice, and the Metro team.  In 2001, following a decade of service to the Inglewood Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Fronterotta was selected as the Department's SWAT Commander.  Fronterotta was promoted to the rank of Captain in August 2008 and assigned to the newly recreated, Office of Special Enforcement where he commanded the Anti-Crime Team, Narcotics Division, Traffic Division, Vice/Intelligence Unit, and Gang Intelligence Unit.  In May 2011, Fronterotta was selected by the South Bay Police Chiefs as the Area-G Platoon Commander.  Fronterotta directed three strategic deployments with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, which significantly reduced gang-related crime in the community.  While serving as Interim Chief, Fronterotta led his department during the movement of Space Shuttle Endeavour to its new home at the California Science Center.

When asked about Fronterotta's appointment, Mayor James T. Butts, Jr., said, "I've known Mark for over 30 years, and his integrity is beyond reproach.  I was his first supervisor when he went to patrol after graduating from the police academy.  He has served the citizens of Inglewood with dedication and valor for over 3 decades, and he is one of the brightest and most capable police executives I have worked with in my 40 years of public service."

Chief Fronterotta is committed to reducing crime and the fear of crime in our community.  He supports strong community connectivity and cohesiveness where everyone, including the business community, enjoys a sense of security and safety as they go about their daily lives.