Miriam Foxx is the Strategic Operations Lieutenant overseeing long-term strategic operations and development at the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) in California. Additionally, she manages the CVPD UAS Program which includes the first of its kind DFR (Drone as First Responder) program.
Her collateral duties include being the Commander of the Crisis Negotiations Team and the Honor Guard Teams, and California Police Officers Association (CPOA) Region IX Chair.
Lieutenant (ret) Miriam Foxx retired from the U.S. Navy on Oct 1, 2012 after completing 22 years of service to our country.
Foxx joined the Navy in July 1990 when she went to boot camp in Orlando, Florida. Following boot camp, she attended Signalman “A” school and subsequently was assigned to the U.S.S. McKee (AS-41) for 5 years home ported at the Submarine Base Point Loma, California. While stationed on the USS McKee Lieutenant Foxx earned her Enlisted Surface Warfare (ESWS) qualification as a third class petty officer and later promoted to Second Class Petty Officer.
In 1995, Foxx attended the 9545 Law Enforcement training school at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Upon completion of training she reported to the Security department at Naval Base San Diego (32nd Street). Foxx completed a lateral conversion package and became a Master-at-Arms second class and soon after promoted to First Class Petty Officer. Foxx remained at Naval Base San Diego for a total of three years.
In November 1998, Foxx left active duty to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. In April 1999, Foxx re-affiliated with the Navy Reserves as a Master-at-Arms First Class Petty Officer assigned to the Chinhae Security unit, Navy Reserve Center San Diego. During this time, Foxx was assigned to Law Enforcement Physical Security (LEPSU) Unit 0194 at NAS North Island and later Navy Security Force San Diego Detachment one.
Following the tragic events on September 11 2021; on September 21, 2001 Foxx was recalled to active duty and was stationed at Naval Air Facility El Centro where she completed a year of mobilization.
In 2003, She was promoted to Chief Petty Officer becoming a department heads for training and administrative departments.
In 2004, Foxx applied for a Limited Duty Officer program as a Security Officer and was selected in 2005. Foxx held Commanding Officer positions for Navy Reserve Navy Security Force San Clemente Island and Navy Reserve Navy Security Force Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.
In July 2011, Foxx was again recalled to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as Assistant Officer in Charge of Detention Facility Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Her personnel Medals/awards include the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement medal (4), Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Battle “E” ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal (2), Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal (2), Southwest Asia Service Medal w/bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service deployment ribbon, Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/”M” device & bronze hourglass and Navy Expert Pistol Medal, Surface Warfare Specialist.
Since November 1998 Foxx has been employed by the CVPD. During her tenure she has worked in the patrol division as a patrol officer and Street Team Gang Suppression Unit, in the Investigations division as a detective in the Family Protection Unit, in the Robbery/Homicide Units and a supervisor in the Property Crimes, and in the Administrations division as the supervisor of the Professional Standards Units. As a Lieutenant, she has held the positions of Patrol Watch Commander Professional Standards Unit Lieutenant, Criminal Investigations Division and Special Operations Division Lieutenant.
Foxx holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix. Foxx is currently a doctoral student pursuing her PhD in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Leadership from Liberty University.
In her spare time, Lieutenant Foxx is an Adjunct Professor with Azusa Pacific University teaching undergraduate Criminal Justice Management courses.
A few things people may not know about you:
- I am a retired Naval Officer with a combined 22 years (Active /Reserve duty). One of my last deployments was to Joint Terrorism Taskforce Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as an AOIC overseeing detainee operations.
- I am an Adjunct Professor with Azusa Pacific University teaching Undergraduate Criminal Justice Management courses.
- I am a doctoral student pursuing my PhD in Criminal Justice with an emphasize in Leadership from Liberty University.
- When I was 15 years old my siblings and I helped deliver my younger sister at home; our mother went into labor early and did not make it to the hospital in time. One of the greatest moments of my life and through the grace of God; my little sister was born with no complications.
A few fun facts about yourself:
- I was born and raised in Queens New York so I am a huge NY Giants fan.
- I love anything SyFy; from Star Trek to Star Wars and everything in between.
- In 2019 I completed the California POST Command College program which is a 14-month program designed to prepare law enforcement leaders of today for the challenges of the future. As a result I published an article in Police1 magazine.
What’s a favorite book you would like to recommend?
- Colin Powell’s memoir, “It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership” is definitely my favorite book. I am originally from Queens NY and joined the military and later got my commission in the United States Navy. I really identified with Colin Powell’s upbringing and his love for the military. I too loved my military service and the United States Navy. When I was enlisted I was a Master-at-Arms (Navy’s military police) and when I transitioned to a civilian law enforcement career; I remained in the Navy Reserves because of my love of service. I have personally learned from and utilized many of the leadership lessons Retired General Powell talks about in his book. It has made me a better leader in every way possible.
What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders?
- Be fair, firm and consistent
- Remember your personnel; their success is your success
- Choose your words wisely; as leaders we tend to forget what we say and how we say it can really impact our employees in both good and bad ways
- Don’t be the junior person with the secret; lack of communication is never a good thing
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