Culver City – Council Appoints Manuel Cid as Police Chief

The City Council of the City of Culver City has appointed Manuel Cid to serve in the position of Police Chief.  Cid has served as Acting Police Chief since June 2020. Prior to that he served as the Administration Bureau Commander responsible for Community and Media Relations, Systems Support, Personnel and Training, Budget and Grants, Records, Property, Reserve Officer Corps and Volunteers in Patrol. He has been with the Culver City Police Department since 2005. The City Council made the appointment at its May 24, 2021 meeting.

“Chief Cid has proven his leadership through turbulent times. He is the right person at the right moment, and I look forward to working with him and the community to ensure that public safety in Culver City is a reality for every resident and visitor,” said Mayor Alex Fisch.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be able to continue to serve such an amazing community, as well as lead such a passionate and talented group of women and men at the Police Department. The Culver City community has my commitment that I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the Police Department is a highly professional organization, with a progressive policing approach, and a department all our community members can be proud of,” said Cid.

Chief Cid is a first-generation Cuban-American who grew up in the Long Beach and Downey area. Prior to his career in law enforcement, Chief Cid was a college student-athlete, competing in football and baseball. In 2005, Chief Cid was hired by the Culver City Police Department and attended the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy.  Upon completion of the police academy, Chief Cid spent a few years working patrol before being assigned to the Investigations Bureau, where he became a member of the Department’s Crime Impact Team and later represented the Police Department at the Cal-MMET major narcotics taskforce.

In 2012, Chief Cid was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  As a Sergeant, Chief Cid had the opportunity to supervise the Gang Intelligence Unit, K-9 program, and the Field Training Program, before being assigned to command Group 1 of the LA IMPACT major narcotics taskforce, responsible for investigating large scale narcotics trafficking and money laundering organizations throughout the Southern California region.

In 2015, Chief Cid was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  As a Lieutenant, Chief Cid served as a Watch Commander in Patrol and later the Administrative Lieutenant and Executive Officer working out of the Office of the Chief of Police. 

Chief Cid was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2018 and had the opportunity to lead the Operations Bureau initially, and later the Administrations Bureau.

In early June of 2020, Chief Cid was appointed as the Acting Chief of Police and served in this capacity until his official appointment, by the City Council, to serve as the Police Department’s 26th Chief of Police in May 2021.

Chief Cid possesses his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Whittier College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Organizational Leadership from National University.  He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Point Leadership Program, and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Chief Cid serves as an Executive Board member for the LA IMPACT Taskforce and as a member on the LA County Committee on Alternatives to Crisis Response.  Chief Cid is also a member of the California Police Chief’s Association, LA County Police Chief’s Association, and the FBI’s National Academy Associates.

During his career, Chief Cid has been the recipient of several Department awards, including the Sustained Superiority Award, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the “David Shaby” Career Achievement Award.