Captain Peter Hernandez
As the Patrol Bureau Commander, Captain Hernandez is responsible for all uniformed patrol personnel who respond to calls for service and critical incidents, as well as the Department’s canine (K-9) officers, Mental Health Evaluation Team, and the Department’s Partnerships in Policing (PIP) Team.
Maintaining the best emergency response time possible to the Culver City community is the paramount goal of the Patrol Bureau. In working to sustain that high level of service, each patrol shift has officers assigned to each of the City’s five patrol districts, which helps the Culver City Police Department maintain an impressive emergency response time.
Captain Hernandez acts as the appointing authority for all personnel under his command and reports directly to the Assistant Chief of Police.
Captain Pete Hernandez grew up in San Diego and graduated from Mount Miguel High School. Prior to joining the Department, Captain Hernandez served in the United States Marine Corps as a Heavy Machine-gunner in an infantry battalion, promoting to the rank of Sergeant.
He has been a member of the Culver City Police Department since 1998 when he was hired as a Police Officer. During his time as a Police Officer, Captain Hernandez worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, an investigator with our Crime Impact Team, a Burglary Detective with our Property Crimes Section, and as the Training Manager in our Personnel and Training Section.
In 2012, Captain Hernandez was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, Captain Hernandez served as a Field Supervisor and Watch Commander in Patrol, as a Detective Supervisor, and as the Personnel and Training Supervisor.
Captain Hernandez was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2017. As a Lieutenant, Captain Hernandez served as a Watch Commander in Patrol before being assigned to manage the Professional Standards Unit (PSU). In this capacity, Captain Hernandez was responsible for maintaining the integrity and professionalism of the Police Department and its employees through investigation of alleged employee misconduct. He was also responsible for the management of Department policy, as well as the revision or creation of new Department policy resulting from emerging case law and legislation.
Captain Hernandez holds a master’s degree from the University of San Diego in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership. He also stays connected to contemporary law enforcement issues and the education and development of future law enforcement leaders. Captain Hernandez is an instructor for the Center for Criminal Justice at the California State University, of Long Beach. He teaches several courses in the POST Police Management Course to newly promoted lieutenants from across the State of California.
Captain Hernandez has been the recipient of several department awards, including the Sustained Superiority Award and the Distinguished Service Medal.