Commander Amy Watkins began her career with the Visalia Police Department and joined the Morro Bay Police Department as Commander in August 2019.
With 20 years of experience, Commander Watkins' career includes assignments in Patrol and Investigations. As an Officer, she served as a Youth Service Officer, Violent Crimes Detective and was a member of the SWAT Team. During her time in Investigations she worked Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Robbery and Homicide. In 2009, Commander Watkins was promoted to Police Sergeant. At the rank of Sergeant she held supervisory positions in Patrol, Investigations and was the Department's Public Information Officer. She was promoted to Police Lieutenant in 2013 where she served as Night Watch Commander and the Special Enforcement Bureau Lieutenant which consisted of the Narcotic and Gang Unit. As a Lieutenant she oversaw the department's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Mobile Field Force Teams.
Commander Watkins is a graduate of the California Department of Justice, Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Sherman Block Leadership Institute and POST Command College.
Prior to her life in law enforcement, Commander Watkins was a three sport athlete and played softball collegiality at Division I University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she participated in the 1995 Women's College World Series.
Commander Watkins has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and an Master's Degree in Public Administration.