2023 School safety assessment
The City of Malibu, in collaboration with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, partnered with Guidepost Solutions LLC to conduct a comprehensive evaluation and thorough physical security program review of the four public school campuses in Malibu, which include Malibu Elementary School, Webster Elementary School, Malibu Middle School, and Malibu High School. The assessment identified opportunities for Malibu public schools to improve, grow, and strengthen its physical security program to better protect and serve its communities through an evaluation of physical security measures, security electronic systems, security staffing, security policies and procedures, stakeholder interviews, and community surveys completed by staff, faculty, students, parents, guardians, and administrators.
The assessment’s findings and recommendations were prioritized to enable SMMUSD to develop a phased approach to implementing improvements based on risk. SMMUSD has already begun addressing the systemic, operational, and facility recommendations.
An Executive Summary of the school safety assessment is available for public viewing.
The City’s Public Safety Department is comprised of in-house public safety and emergency management programs and contract services, including law enforcement, fire, and animal control, which are provided by the County of Los Angeles.
The Public Safety Department oversees emergency management programs including maintaining the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and alert and warning systems, City EOC team training, emergency plan development and maintenance, coordinating with outside agencies to develop and improve interagency response procedures, and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. The Department also oversees neighborhood fire safety and preparedness, including the Home Ignition Zone Assessment program and CAL FIRE and FEMA fire prevention grant program implementation. In addition, the Department also oversees the City’s response to homelessness. Staff manages a contract for homeless outreach services, and coordinates with the Sheriff’s Department and other outside agencies to address homeless encampments.
The general mission of the Public Safety Department is to preserve life and property, protect against fires, reduce the incidence of criminal activity, mitigate traffic accidents and traffic violations, and enhance safety within the community through a variety of public education opportunities.
The Public Safety Director serves as the primary staff liaison to the Public Safety Commission.
Public Safety Agency Reports
The City receives regular activity reports from the Sheriff's Department, Fire Department, and Lifeguards.
LA County Sheriff's Department Reports
LA County Fire Department Reports
LA COUNTY LIFEGUARD REPORTS
Contract Safety Services
The City contracts with the County of Los Angeles for certain public safety services:
The City contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for its law enforcement services, which include:
- General law, traffic, and parking enforcement and administration
- Summer beach enforcement
- Specialized community policing services, including Volunteers on Patrol (VOP) and Malibu Search and Rescue
Parking citation processing and hearings are also contracted.
Owners of residences or businesses in Malibu may authorize the Sheriff's Department to remove or arrest individuals trespassing on their property by submitting a Letter of Agency form to the Malibu/Lost Hills Station. Additional details are found on page two of the form (under "Guidelines").
Fire services within the City of Malibu and the unincorporated Los Angeles County areas around Malibu are provided by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department through four local fire stations.
Fire services provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department include:
- Fire emergency response
- Paramedic services
- Fire prevention and inspections
The City's Fire Safety Liaison also provides assistance to residents and businesses to be prepared for fire season and take steps to protect their homes from fire damage. Visit the Fire Safety page for more information.
Animal services provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DCAC) include:
- Animal rescue
- Pet licensing
- Abuse investigation
- Pet adoptions
The DCAC animal shelter in Agoura provides services to the Malibu community:
Agoura Animal Care Center
29525 Agoura Rd
Agoura, CA 91301
Operating Hours and Directions
Visit the LA County DCAC website for information about licensing, regulations, and shelters, or to submit an Animal Noise Complaint.
The public beaches in Malibu are guarded by the Lifeguard Division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The Lifeguards are responsible for providing ocean lifesaving protection for an estimated 11-12 million beachgoers who visit Malibu beaches each year.
During peak summer months, Lifeguard services are supplemented by the Summer Enforcement Team (commonly known as the Beach Team). The City partners with the Sheriff’s Department each summer to ensure a safe and wholesome beach environment for the residents and visitors of Malibu by adding an extremely motivated team of sworn and non-sworn Sheriff’s Department personnel to provide a strong, visible, pro-active police presence at the beach. From the ground and air, the Beach Team ensures enforcement of all applicable laws and assists with crowd control and parking enforcement.