Richard Twiss is the former Chief of Police for the Indio, CA Police Department. He has served as a Subject Matter Expert for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) and the Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center. He has over 32 years combined law enforcement and military experience, which began as a police officer with the Indio Police Department. He also served with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Investigation the California Department of Justice, Firearms Division, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Under Chief Twiss’ leadership the Indio Police Department was selected as one of fifteen agencies nationwide to participate in the President’s Advancing 21st Century Policing Project a one-year study of agencies implementing the Task Force recommendations. Chief Twiss participated in the President’s National Committee on 21st Century Policing and served as a member of the California Attorney General’s Community Oriented Policing Subcommittee. He was also appointed to the California Police Chiefs Association Homelessness and Mental Health working group. He holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Chapman University.