Manuel Jimenez was born and raised in San Pedro. He is a proud alumnus of 15th Street elementary school, Dana Middle School, and San Pedro High School Police Academy Magnet, where he was elected Senior Class President. Manuel enrolled in the LAPD Harbor Division Cadet program, at the age of 14, and continued in the program till the age of 18. Through the cadet program, Manuel had his first introduction to law enforcement and security. He found a sense of purpose and camaraderie with his fellow cadets. Through his high school years, Manuel was introduced to community service. He fulfilled many hours volunteering and giving back supporting the community that supported him. Taking his level of commitment and support to the next degree, Manuel enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. Manuel was an active Marine for four years and continues to serve as an active member of the reserve component.
Manuel also worked corporate contract security, with Southern California Edison and SpaceX, growing his dexterity in the business of protection and honing his skills as a leader in his industry. Manuel opened Black Knight Patrol in 2015, a private security company based out of San Pedro. Black Knight Patrol services many local businesses and non-profits here in San Pedro, as well as many clients through Los Angeles and Orange County. Through Black Knight Patrol, Manuel has continued to give back, fostering positivity that has built a philanthropic arm of the company, through volunteerism and support, via donated items, meals, money and time, in which he’d eventually like to develop into a foundation. Manuel is so appreciative of the opportunities and mentorship that he has received, it is truly what drives his desire to give back.
Manuel will be fundraising this spring for the title of San Pedro Honorary Mayor, in which the candidate who raises the most funds will be awarded the coveted title for the next two years. Manuel has chosen to support the LAPD Harbor Division Cadet Program, Clean San Pedro, and Sharefest in his fundraising for the title of San Pedro Honorary Mayor. The focus of Manuel's campaign is to support the future leaders of San Pedro, while keeping a safe and engaging community that encourages growth. For Manuel, his future was shaped early on through participation in the LAPD Harbor Division Cadet program, so it was an easy decision to make the program a recipient of his efforts.
To continue Manuel's vision, he chose to support a local charity that works each day to keep our town clean and thriving, he chose Clean San Pedro. Their mission is "to be a leader in making San Pedro the cleanest and safest Port Town in the world by creating a healthy environment to support a livable community and a growing sustainable economy." Clean San Pedro is a grass roots organization that was formed to improve the environment and quality of life in San Pedro. To learn more about this organization and/or to get more involved in their efforts, please visit www.cleansanpedro.net.
Sharefest will be the final recipient of Manuel's Honorary Mayor fundraising efforts. Sharefest's mission ties Manuel's campaign focus together, combining both youth enrichment and improving the community; "building strong South Bay communities by fostering volunteerism and preparing youth to lead positive change." The organization mentor’s youth, connects communities, organizations, and volunteers to transform neglected neighborhoods. Sharefest has their annual workday planned for Saturday, May 4, 2019. To learn more about this organization and/or get involved, please visit www.sharfestinc.org.
Manuel is currently a member of the San Pedro Rotary Club, the American Legion, San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, and Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce. When he is not running his company, training with the Marine Corps, getting POST Certified with the Riverside County Sheriffs Dept., and/or volunteering his time to support local organizations, Manuel likes to travel, workout, or hang out with his dogs, April and Whiskey.