The Manzanita Police Department (MPD) has been serving the community since 2010. The Department continues to provide general law enforcement services within the Reservation and maintains close ties with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept., the US Border Patrol and other Federal, State and local agencies. The MPD maintains close ties with other tribal agencies throughout Southern California and throughout the United States. MPD tribal police officers must be knowledgeable in tribal ordinances, California State law as well as Federal law. While the MPD primary mission is to protect and serve the community of the Manzanita Reservation, we assist our partner agencies upon request. MPD police officers may find themselves investigating crimes ranging from domestic violence, narcotics, homicide, human smuggling and money laundering. This is because the Manzanita Reservation is situated directly adjacent to the Interstate 8 Freeway, a major corridor for human and narcotics trafficking.
All Manzanita Police Department officers are required to be trained under California P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards & Training) guidelines and additionally trained under Federal Law Enforcement guidelines. Our unique challenges require us to provide much more comprehensive training for our officers beyond what most California municipal or state agencies require. Most of our officers have decades of experience working for various California law enforcement agencies as well as the US Military. The depth of our cadre expertise allows us the flexibility to provide comprehensive ongoing training for our challenging environment. All Manzanita PD tribal police officers are appointed and commissioned as fully authorized police officers by the Manzanita Police Department and its Chief of Police.