Prior to joining the Manhattan Beach Police Department, Chief Irvine worked for the Inglewood Police Department. Chief Irvine began her career with the Inglewood Police Department in 1982 as a Police Cadet. In 1984, she was appointed to the position of Police Officer and attended the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Police Academy. In 1989, she was appointed to the position of D.A.R.E. Officer and promoted to Detective in 1990. As a Detective, Chief Irvine became a nationally recognized expert in the area of Domestic Violence and worked assignments in Sex Crimes/Child Abuse, Assaults and Robbery. In 1993, she attended the highly acclaimed Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California. She was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1994. As a Sergeant, Chief Irvine worked in the Patrol Bureau as a Field Supervisor and Watch Commander. In 1995, Chief Irvine was transferred to the Administrative Bureau, as supervisor over Police Training and Personnel.
In 1997, Chief Irvine was appointed to the position of Acting Lieutenant and transferred to the Patrol Bureau as a Watch Commander. In 1999, she was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and transferred to the Office of the Chief of Police, where she served as Adjutant to the Chief of Police. In addition to Adjutant duties, she commanded the Community Affairs Section and Internal Affairs. She also served as Press Information Officer for the Department. In 2003, she was promoted to the rank of Police Captain.
Chief Irvine has received the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Business and Management from the University of Redlands and Master of Business Administration from the University of La Verne. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and California’s POST Command College. She is also a recognized expert in the field of Media Relations.