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National City Police Department adopts Countywide Crisis Management Philosophy


During the past four years, the National City Police Department has conducted a comprehensive update of all department policies and procedures in an effort to incorporate professional best practices in all areas of our organization. Today, as part of our ongoing effort to evaluate and improve our work, the Department adopted the San Diego Countywide Crisis Management Philosophy. These de-escalation considerations have been approved unanimously by the San Diego County Police Chief’s and Sheriff’s Association. The work was completed by experts from all of the local law enforcement agencies, including the National City Police Department. The philosophy provides guidelines in de-escalation strategies, officer training, and use of force review. While the National City Police Department has current policies on de-escalation, use of force, and use of force reporting and review, the adoption of the countywide guidelines enhances our department’s focus on peaceful resolutions to critical incidents.

Over the past 25 years, community engagement has been the cornerstone of the National City Police Department’s mission. We have a tremendous responsibility to maintain the public’s trust and confidence in all that we do. Our department will continue to provide our officers with essential training in principled policing, implicit bias, and de-escalation to ensure they are best prepared to resolve situations and treat everyone they encounter with dignity and respect.

Countywide Crisis Management Philosophy
Crisis Management Pamphlet

Jose Tellez, Chief of Police
National City Police Department


Effective immediately (June 3, 2020), National City Police Officers will no longer use the carotid control hold as a less lethal option. For more information click here.



A Message From The Chief


On behalf of the dedicated men and women of the City of National City Police Department welcome to our Department’s website. As the second oldest city in San Diego County we have a rich history of a business friendly atmosphere and commitment to the safety and welfare of our residents, employees and visitors.

The sworn and civilian personnel that comprise the National City Police Department are a team of talented, dedicated and caring individuals who serve our community by addressing crime and disorder in a manner that embodies police-community partnerships.

I am honored to serve as Chief of Police for the City of National City. It is our intention this website increases the dialogue and community engagement between our residents, businesses and Department personnel. Please feel free to contact my office at if I can be of assistance.


Jose Tellez
Chief of Police
National City Police Department