Assistant Sheriff

Tanzanika Carter

Tanzanika Carter

On January 11, 2021, Sheriff Miyamoto appointed Tanzanika Carter to serve as Assistant Sheriff, the third highest ranking position in the San Francisco Sheriff's Office. Upon her swearing-in, Carter became the first African American female to hold this position. Prior to her role as Assistant Sheriff, Carter served with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department as Zone Commander for the Contra Costa County area. 

As a 27-year-law enforcement veteran, Assistant Sheriff Carter brings extensive leadership and diverse work experience to the Sheriff's Office. She has trained and served in multiple assignments including as Field Training Officer, Detective, Hostage Negotiator, Chaplain Coordinator, Lieutenant, Watch Commander, and Zone Commander. 

Assistant Sheriff Carter brings a distinct perspective to the Sheriff's Office. She believes in 21st Century policing and advocates for procedural and equitable justice in the administration of justice. Carter plays a key role as the Sheriff's Office works to strengthen relationships with the community. She assists with the Sheriff's Office Racial Equity Plan and the newly formed Community Engagement Team. She also chairs the 30x30 Initiative to increase the representation of women in this Office, and to ensure policies and culture intentionally support the success of qualified women deputies throughout their careers.

Assistant Sheriff Carter holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies from California State University, Hayward. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from California Coast University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego. She is a graduate from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute #365 (SBSLI) and the FBI National Academy, Session #282. She is also affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including Cal Poly Pomona Women in Leadership Executive Education Program Advisor, Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Foundation (WLLEF), National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executive (NAWLEE), California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA),  FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and lifetime member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).