Chief Medrano

Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association President:

Chief Ed Medrano, Gardena


Quote from Chief Medrano

“As President of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, representing all 44 municipal police agencies in Los Angeles, I would like to thank you for visiting and I look forward to a productive conference in 2013”

Chief Edward Medrano, City of Gardena.


Chief Edward (Ed) Medrano was born in Florida and moved to the South Bay at a young age. During high school he was a Police Explorer for the City of Manhattan Beach. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served for six years on active duty and the Reserves.

Ed was hired by the Gardena Police Department as a Police Cadet when he was 18 years old. At 20 years old he was hired as a Police Officer. Over his 22 years as a Police Officer, he has worked a wide variety of assignments. These assignments include Patrol, Motors, Training, SWAT, Gangs, Detectives, K-9, Explorer Advisor, Community Policing and Risk Management.

In 2007, Ed was appointed to the position of Police Chief. He proudly leads 165 employees and manages a 22-million dollar budget. As Police Chief, Ed serves as the President of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association (LACPCA), which represents all the municipal police chiefs in Los Angeles County, the largest county in the state. He will be President of the Association through 2012. He also serves as the Executive Director for Los Angeles Criminal Information Clearinghouse (LA CLEAR), which supports intelligence, analysis, deconfliction, wiretaps, and training for Southern California agencies. Ed is a member of the Executive Board of the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Taskforce (LA IMPACT), a regional narcotics and violent crime taskforce. Additionally, Ed is a member of the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (LA HIDTA).   Additionally, Ed is a member of the Executive Board of South Bay Regional Communications Authority, a joint powers authority (JPA) for communications and records management for five municipal police agencies in Los Angeles.

In 2009, Ed also became the Assistant Community Development Director, responsible for the planning, building, and business licensing operations for the City of Gardena. Ed will be serving as the Assistant Community Development Director for the foreseeable future and has implemented a number of programs which has made the Department customer-focused and enhanced Department efficiency.

Ed is also active in the community he lives in and other areas. He serves as Public Safety Commissioner in the City of La Mirada, as a board member for a charitable community foundation and as the chairman of the Board of Directors for a local hospital. He also volunteers his time with the Young Marines, as an adult mentor and instructor.
Ed has a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a Masters degree in Executive Leadership from USC. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and active in many professional organizations. He enjoys spending time with his two children, surfing, running and lifting weights on his off time.