In addition to protection services, the 40-officer El Cerrito Police Department provides a cadet program for college students and a Police Explorer program for teens ages 14-18. It actively supports the city's participation in National Night Out and neighborhood watch efforts. Its bicycle patrol is a regional model and offers training to other Bay Area police agencies. The city's former police chief, Scott Kirkland, retired June 31, 2010 after 31 years with the department, the last 10 of which as chief. He was replaced by Sylvia Moir, who was serving as commander of operations for the Menlo Park police department.