Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date September 24, 2002
Contact Lieutenant John Wallace
Phone (909) 826-5836
Fax (909) 826-5699


Deputy Chief of Police Audrey L. Wilson
Announces retirement from Riverside Police Department

Riverside, Ca-  The highest ranking, and most celebrated female police officer in the history of the Riverside Police Department, has announced her retirement effective October 17, 2002 culminating a 26-year career in law enforcement.

Chief Wilson has been a resident of Riverside County since 1963. After graduating from   the University of California, Riverside, she started her law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1976.  She transferred to the Riverside Police Department as an officer in 1978. Chief Wilson excelled as a patrol officer and was selected as a Field Training Officer that led to her promotion as Special Agent (Detective) in 1982. She achieved a reputation throughout the department as a tenacious investigator and was promoted to Sergeant in 1987. She worked a variety of assignments that included Internal Affairs, Economic Crimes, Homicide, Narcotics, Gangs, Traffic and Community Policing.

Deputy Chief Audrey Wilson - Click image for larger format.In April of 1993, Audrey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  Subsequent promotions included Captain in July 1999 and her current position of Deputy Chief in January 2001. As the Deputy Chief of Police Operations, her command included Field Operations (Patrol); Special Operations; and Investigations Division. 

Chief Wilson is well known and respected within the law enforcement community for her knowledge in law enforcement. She is a graduate of the California POST (Police Officer Standards and Training) Command College and the prestigious Senior Management Institute for Police sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum.  Audrey has been recognized within the Police Department for consistently mentoring her subordinates both sworn and civilian. She is a member of the California Peace Officers Association, the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chief’s of Police and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. Her numerous accomplishments in law enforcement have been recognized by the Women Police Officers Association of California.

Audrey’s commitment to excellence in the Riverside community has been evident not only in her personal life, but in her dedication to community outreach.  She is a 1993 Leadership Riverside Alumnus and a past Leadership Riverside Steering Committee member. She was a recipient of the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in 1997.  She also served as a member of the YWCA Board of Directors and was the former Chair of the annual Women of Achievement Luncheon. She served as past President of the Riverside Sunrise Rotary Club and still maintains her commitment as an active member. As a Rotarian, she has mentored youth and supported club projects at both Liberty Elementary and Lincoln High Schools. She served as past Chair for the City of Riverside’s annual United Way campaign. In 1999, the Business Press honored her with the  “Woman of Distinction” award.

Audrey looks forward to spending more time with her family. Husband Mike Wilson is a retired Riverside Police Department Sergeant. Audrey and Mike have five grown children, three daughters and two sons, along with six grandchildren.