The City of Malibu contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for law enforcement services. The Malibu / Lost Hills Sheriff's Station provides law enforcement services to the City of Malibu and surrounding jurisdictions.
Within the Lost Hills Station, the Sheriff's Department has specialized units to address specific issues in the communities it serves, including the Juvenile Intervention Team and Malibu Search and Rescue. Supplemental enforcement on local beaches is provided during peak summer months by the Malibu Beach Team, and the Volunteers on Patrol (VOP), which assists deputies with parking enforcement, traffic control, and disaster response.
The Malibu Beach Team, enhanced law enforcement presence provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, begins its annual summer enforcement on Memorial Day weekend and continues through the weekend after Labor Day. The goal of the Beach Team is to keep the beaches and highways safe for residents and the millions of visitors who come each year to enjoy Malibu's beaches.
A primary focus of the Beach Team is to eliminate the consumption of alcohol at the beaches, which results in a significant reduction in the number of assaults, rescues made by lifeguards, and injury accidents on the highways.
Learn more about laws applicable to local beaches.
The Malibu / Lost Hills Sheriff's Station has a specialized unit to address juvenile-related issues in its policing area. The unit is called the Juvenile Intervention Team, commonly referred to as the J-Team.
The J-Team is involved with juveniles in all aspects of the community, including local schools. The goal is to become familiar with juvenile activities in the community and prevent delinquent behavior before it reaches the criminal level. The success of the J-Team has greatly contributed to the reduced crime rate in Malibu.
For more information on the J-Team and other Sheriff's Department programs, contact the Malibu / Lost Hills Sheriff's Station at 310-456-6652.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
At the Regular City Council meeting on December 13, 2010, the Council approved the establishment of a Volunteers On Patrol (VOP) program in the City of Malibu. The VOP program was created by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to allow civilian volunteers to help the Sheriff's Department achieve its goals, while helping to serve and protect the local community. As 'eyes and ears' for the Department, VOP members provide assistance in identifying suspicious activities, crimes in progress, or other dangerous circumstances, and notifying the authorities for proper handling. The VOP team also helps enforce the City's parking regulations through the issuance of parking citations.
In order to be considered as a volunteer candidate for the VOP program, an individual must:
- Be an adult (18+ years old) resident of the City of Malibu
- Complete an oral interview
- Submit to a background check
- Commit to participate in continual training classes
- Meet minimum driving standards
While VOP members are not law enforcement officers, they act as the Sheriff's Department's "eyes and ears" in the community, requesting assistance from deputies when needed. The VOP receive intense training from the Sheriff's Department to assist with such responsibilities as:
- Traffic control
- Highway safety
- Disaster response
- First aid and CPR
- Parking enforcement
- Vacation and business checks
- Residential patrols
- Monitoring City-sponsored events
Additional criteria can be found in the VOP Program Description. Anyone interested in applying to the VOP program, or seeking more information, can contact the Malibu VOP Team Leader Mark Russo at email@example.com.