Mark Matsuda was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Torrance April 2014. His law enforcement career spans over 29 years, and he is the 10th police chief to serve the City of Torrance. Chief Matsuda began his career in law enforcement with the Torrance Police Department in May 1987.
The Torrance Police Department currently has over 350 employees and serves a culturally diverse community of 147,000 people, covering 20.5 square miles. Torrance is the 8th largest city in Los Angeles County with a Police Department budget of over $75 million. It is noted for being one of the safest cities in the country.
Chief Matsuda has worked assignments in Patrol (Field Assignment, Gang Detail and Field Training Officer) and Vice & Narcotics (Crime Impact Team). He was promoted to Sergeant on December 6, 1998 and worked assignments in Patrol (Field Supervisor, Community Lead Officer Detail), and Personnel (Personnel Section Sergeant). He was promoted to Lieutenant in June 2003 and worked assignments in Patrol (SWAT), Traffic & Special Events, and Personnel. He was promoted to Captain in December 2008 and was assigned to the Services, Patrol, and Administrative Bureaus. In 2013 he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police.
Chief Matsuda was born in Los Angeles, raised in the Torrance area, and graduated from Narbonne High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Chapman University, both in Organizational Leadership.