Council appoints Manuel Cid as new police chief

Wave Wire Services

CULVER CITY — A 16-year veteran of the Culver City Police Department has been force appointed as the department’s 26th police chief.

The Culver City Council May 24 appointed Manuel Cid as chief of police, with four council members voting in favor of his appointment and the fifth abstaining, according to a police department statement.

Cid has served as the acting and interim chief of the Culver City Police Department since June 2020 following the departure of former Police Chief Scott Bixby.

Cid holds a 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.

Cid attended the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Academy and joined the Culver City Police Department in 2005. He spent a few years as a patrol officer before he was assigned to the department’s Investigations Bureau, where he became a member of the Crime Impact Team and later represented the department at the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team major narcotics task force.

Cid was promoted to sergeant in 2012 and supervised the Gang Intelligence Unit, K-9 program and the Field Training Program. He was later assigned to command an enforcement group of the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime (L.A. Impact) Task Force, which is responsible for investigating large scale narcotics trafficking and money laundering organizations throughout Southern California.

Cid was promoted to lieutenant in 2015 and served as a watch commander. He later served as and administrative lieutenant and executive officer working out of the Office of the Chief of Police.

He was promoted to captain in 2018 and led the Operations Bureau before switching to the department’s Administrations Bureau.

In addition to his role as police chief, Cid serves as an executive board member for the L.A. Impact Task Force and as a member on the Los Angeles County Committee on Alternatives to Crisis Response. He is also a member of the California Police Chief’s Association, Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association and the FBI’s National Academy Associates.

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