National City announced the appointment of Manuel Rodriguez as National City Police Captain. Prior to joining the National City Police Department, Captain Rodriguez spent almost 20 years with the San Diego Police Department, where he served as an Acting Captain in Northern and Mid-City Divisions.
Captain Rodriguez hails from National City, and is a graduate of National City Middle School and of Sweetwater High, class of 1977. On his return to National City Captain Rodriguez had this to say “I consider National City my home town I believe this is a terrific opportunity for me to give back and contribute to this vibrant, growing community.”
Chief Adolfo Gonzales says the new Captain is a great addition to the National City Police Department. “Captain Rodriguez has excellent community policing skills and a commitment to justice. As the former president of the Latino Police Officers Association he understands the needs of officers and as a product of National City, he understands the needs of this particular community.”
While a sergeant, Manuel served as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Police and as a Sergeant in the Criminal Intelligence Unit - among other patrol assignments Captain Rodriguez has worked extensively with the community and in educating neighboring law enforcement agencies. He has been instrumental in the development of an international training program for Mexican law enforcement agencies in Baja California and the states of Mexico on officer safety.
Among his many accomplishments, Captain Rodriguez is a founding member and President of the National Latino Police Officers Association San Diego, Metro Chapter. He has been instrumental in the growth of the local chapter, which is one of the largest California chapters.
Captain Rodriguez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and is currently working on his Master’s degree. Captain Rodriguez is also a San Diego L.E.A.D. (Leadership, education, awareness & development) graduate.
Captain Rodriguez fills a vacant position left open following the retirement of several key individuals Assistant Chief of Police Penu Pauu, and Captain Craig Short.