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Police Chief Appointment

Post Date:10/25/2017 5:30 PM


Download the press release - City of Manhattan Beach Promotes 27-Year Manhattan Beach Police Department Employee, Derrick Abell to Police Chief


Mark Danaj, City Manager
City of Manhattan Beach
(310) 802-5050

City of Manhattan Beach Promotes 27-Year Manhattan Beach Police Department Employee,
Derrick Abell to Police Chief

Manhattan Beach, CA (November 29, 2017) – Following the departure of Police Chief Eve Irvine, the City of Manhattan Beach announces the promotion and appointment of Police Captain Derrick Abell to Police Chief. Police Captain Derrick Abell has served the City of Manhattan Beach’s Police Department for 27 years, starting as a Patrol Officer in 1991 and most recently as Field Operations Division Captain since 2015.

“I am honored to lead the men and women of the Manhattan Beach Police Department and serve the residents of Manhattan Beach. As Police Chief, I will be committed to leading by example, establishing thriving community relationships, and maintaining a priority on performance excellence,” said Police Captain Derrick Abell.Abell

Captain Abell has been responsible for implementing goals of the Manhattan Beach Police Department’s Strategic Plan by improving customer service, promoting career development and training, increasing personal accountability, developing City youth, and recognizing underrepresented portions of the community. Additionally, Captain Abell has developed the less lethal flexible baton round shotgun policy and managed public safety for large-scale special events such as the Hometown Fair and the AVP Manhattan Beach Volleyball Tournament.

“Captain Abell is not only a 27 year veteran of the Manhattan Beach Police Department, he is also football coach at Mira Costa High School and is dedicated to our community. I know that his calm, intelligent leadership style will benefit the men and women of our Police Department, as well as every resident in Manhattan Beach. I am so proud of him and happy that we had a terrific succession plan in place, for which I thank outgoing Chief Eve Irvine,” said Mayor Amy Howorth.

In his time at the City, Captain Abell has held numerous positions with the Manhattan Beach Police Department that include: Acting Police Chief, Acting Human Resources Director, Administrative Division Commander, Police Lieutenant, Police Sergeant, SWAT Team Commander, and Narcotics Detective - earning him 16 commendations with the Police Department.

“I appoint Captain Derrick Abell without any hesitation. Throughout his career, he has consistently showcased himself as a proven leader amongst his peers in law enforcement and within the community,” said City Manager Mark Danaj. “I am confident Captain Abell will continue the high level of service the Manhattan Beach Police Department provides and uphold the high standards our community expects as Police Chief.”

Captain Abell has proven to be a community leader by mentoring and developing youth as a high school football coach at Torrance and Mira Costa High School during the last decade. Captain Abell is a graduate of Leadership Manhattan Beach Class 2010 and regularly conducts physical fitness training classes for City staff members.

Captain Abell was born in Los Angeles and grew up in a single parent household with his mother in Inglewood California. During an early period of his youth, Captain Abell was relocated to Dhahran Saudi Arabia with his family for two years. Captain Abell earned an athletic football scholarship to attend Montana State University. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations, and serve as a member of the school’s 1984 National Championship Football Team. Captain Abell earned a Masters of Science Degree in Emergency Services Management from Trident International University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Captain Abell began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in December of 1988, and after completion of training worked the Inmate Reception Center at Men’s Central Jail, and eventually was assigned to train new Deputies. Captain Abell was selected by his peers and subordinates as the “Officer of the Year” in 1999 for his hard work, dedication and accomplishments. Captain Abell currently serves as a member of the California Police Chiefs Association Executive Board and Training Committee.


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