MBPD Chief Abell To Speak to African American Teens
Feb 25, 2020 12:29PM
By Jeanne Fratello
Manhattan Beach Police Department Chief Derrick Abell will provide a keynote address to approximately 60 African-American male students from local high schools at Kinecta Federal Credit Union's "Defying The Odds" Black History event on Thursday.
The second annual event will address the unique challenges that African-American boys face while transitioning from high school to college or into full-time employment.
Topics will include job etiquette, how to deal with law enforcement, financial preparation for college, goal setting and resiliency. Additionally, a panel of African-American professionals will share their stories about overcoming adversity to achieve professional success.
The students will then have the opportunity to have an open dialogue with the professionals as they share their own stories and goals.
The teens will come from Mira Costa High School, Centinela Valley Union High School District, and Compton Unified School District.
Chief Abell became the Chief of Police for the City of Manhattan Beach on in January 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.
He is the first African-American police chief in Manhattan Beach, and among the Beach Cities.