About Us


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 MPD 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.

Amazing vista through the tribal lands.

The Manzanita Reservation is a federal Indian reservation located in the southern Laguna Mountains near Boulevard, in southeastern San Diego County, California. It is within ten miles (16 km) north of the US-Mexico Border and is in the Dieguno Region.The reservation is also 67 miles east of the city San Diego on Interstate 8. Through the authority of the Executive Order of 1891, the reservation was built on 640 acres of reserved land in 1893. In 1907 the reserve land was increased. The reservation is now currently 3,579 acres (14.48 km2) large with a population of approximately 67-69 and is held in a trust by the U.S. Government which meant the land is still technically owned by the US Government.

It was established in 1893. In 1973, 6 out of 69 enrolled members lived on the reservation. The reservation lies adjacent to both the Campo Indian Reservation and the La Posta Indian Reservation. The nearest off-reservation communities are Boulevard and Campo.

In the present day there are 13 small Kumeyaay Indian reservations in San Diego County, California; and 4 Kumiai Indio tribal community ranches in northern Baja California state, Mexico.