Captain Renee Pagano was born and raised in Sunnyvale, California. She joined the San Francisco Police Department in 2000.
Captain Pagano did her field training at Ingleside Station and her probation at Southern Station. In 2002, she was assigned to her permanent patrol assignment at Tenderloin Station. Captain Pagano was promoted to Sergeant/Inspector in 2008 and was assigned to Taraval Station where she worked as a patrol Sergeant. In 2009, Captain Pagano was assigned to the Burglary Detail as an Inspector investigating various types of burglary related crimes. After approximately a year in Burglary, Captain Pagano was assigned to the Airport Bureau where she was a patrol Sergeant and then the Sergeant in charge of the Ground Transportation Unit. The Ground Transportation Unit consisted of both uniform and plainclothes Officers. The Ground Transportation Unit’s primary responsibility was to enforcement San Francisco Airport Rules and Regulations involving Taxis, Limousines and other vehicles for hire.
In 2012, Captain Pagano was promoted to Lieutenant and worked at both Southern Station and Tenderloin Station as a Patrol Lieutenant.After several years on patrol, Captain Pagano was assigned back to the Airport Bureau. While assigned to the Airport Bureau, she worked in patrol and then was the Officer in Charge of the Special Services Unit. This unit consisted of the Dignitary Protection Team, the Cargo Task Force and the EOD Canine Unit.
In 2017, Captain Pagano was assigned to Taraval Station as a patrol Lieutenant. In 2018, she was promoted to Captain. Captain Pagano served as the Night Captain for a year while overseeing the San Francisco Police Department night watch. Captain Pagano was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Park Station in November, 2019.