Special Operations Bureau


Captain Pete Hernandez

As the Special Operations Bureau Commander, Captain Hernandez is responsible for the Detectives Unit, Special Victims Unit, the Crime Impact Team, the Special Enforcement Unit, the Emergency Response Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, UAV / Drone Program, Forensics Unit, and the Department’s “Type 1” Jail facility. Captain Hernandez is also responsible for our various Task Forces, and the Traffic Division, which includes Motors, Accident Investigations, Commercial Enforcement, Parking Enforcement, Animal Services and Parking Enforcement.


Pete grew up in San Diego and graduated from Mount Miguel High School. Prior to joining the Department, Pete 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, Pete 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, Pete was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, Pete served as a Field Supervisor and Watch Commander in Patrol, as a Detective Supervisor, and as the Personnel and Training Supervisor.

Pete was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2017. As a Lieutenant, Pete served as a Watch Commander in Patrol before being assigned to manage the Professional Standards Unit (PSU). In this capacity, Pete 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.

Pete 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. Pete 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.

Pete has been the recipient of several department awards, including the Sustained Superiority Award and the Distinguished Service Medal.