Chief Abell became the Chief of Police for the City of Manhattan Beach on January 16, 2018. He began his law enforcement career in 1988 when he was hired by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He transferred to the Manhattan Beach Police Department in 1991.
During his career with the Manhattan Beach Police Department, Chief Abell became heavily involved with the Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. He went on to serve as the team’s Sergeant and Lieutenant, and oversaw critical incidents. Derrick is a certified Drug Awareness and Resistance Education (DARE) Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team Commander.
In May of 2008, Derrick was promoted to the rank of Captain, and in January 2018, he was promoted to the rank of Chief. In his time at the City of Manhattan Beach, Derrick has earned 16 commendations and was awarded "Officer of the Year" in 1999.
Chief Abell currently serves as a member of the California Police Chiefs Association Executive Board and Training Committee.
Chief Abell grew up in Inglewood, California. He attended college at Montana State University, where 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. Abell earned a Masters of Science Degree in Emergency Services Management from Trident International University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. When he is not working, Derrick enjoys coaching football and spending time with his wife and two children.