Captain Manuel Chavez was born and raised in San Diego, California. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration.
Captain Chavez joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 2001 and worked a variety of patrol, undercover, and investigative assignments, including Harbor Patrol, Juvenile Narcotics-School Investigative Buy Unit, and Hollenbeck Patrol where he was a Field Training Officer and a VICE Investigator.
In 2009, Captain Chavez promoted to Sergeant and served as Patrol Supervisor at Southeast and Wilshire Divisions. As a Sergeant II he served as an Assistant Watch Commander at South Traffic Division and was the Squad Leader at Special Operations Division – Ethics Enforcement Section Undercover Squad.
He was promoted to Lieutenant in November 2016 where he was the Harbor Patrol Watch Commander. He later served as an Officer In Charge at Internal Affairs Division, Deputy Chief’s Adjutant for Operations-Valley Bureau , and the Adjutant to the Director, Office of Support Services.
In March of 2023, he was promoted to the rank of Captain, and assigned as the Rampart Patrol Commanding Officer where he is currently assigned.
Captain Chavez is the proud father of a son and daughter who play competitive baseball and softball. In his free time, Captain Chavez enjoys watching both of his children compete in their sporting events.