Office of the Chief of Police

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Chief Manuel Cid 

Chief Cid serves as the Police Chief for the Culver City Police Department.  As the Police Chief, he is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, efficiency, and direction of all Department staff and operations.  The Police Department is comprised of the following bureaus: The Office of the Chief of Police, the Patrol Bureau, the Special Operations Bureau, and the Administrations Bureau.  The Police Chief is appointed by and reports directly to the City Council.


Chief Manuel Cid serves as the 26th Chief of Police in the Culver City Police Department’s history, assuming the office on June 11th, 2020, after successfully working his way up the ranks of the Police Department.

He graduated from Whittier College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and also holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and Organizational Leadership from National University.

Chief Cid is a graduate of several advanced law enforcement development and training courses, including the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, LAPD’s West Point Leadership Program, the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Executive Development Course, and the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

During his career, Chief Cid has been the recipient of several Department awards, including the Sustained Superiority Award, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Police Department’s Career Achievement Award.

Chief Cid holds executive leadership positions at the local, county, and state levels, including currently serving as an Executive Board member for the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT), as well as a member on the California Police Chief’s Association, LA County Police Chief’s Association, and the FBI’s National Academy Associates.

During his tenure as Chief of Police, the Culver City Police Department has developed into a modern and forward-thinking policing organization, utilizing technology, data, and innovative strategies to provide a high-level of professional policing and public safety services to the community. The Department has also enhanced its accountability and transparency measures, ensuring the Department continues to foster and preserve the public’s trust and partnership.