The Public Safety Department is comprised of emergency preparedness and public safety programs. Law enforcement, fire, beach lifeguards, and animal control services are provided by the County of Los Angeles on a contract basis.
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 programs.
OUTDOOR EMERGENCY SIREN SYSTEM
Sound Study to Presented in Public Safety Commission - August 5, 2020
The City has prepared a siren sound study, the first step in moving forward with an outdoor emergency siren system, and the results will be presented to the Public Safety Commission during its virtual meeting on August 5, 2020. Outdoor warning siren systems are intended to improve emergency communications when power and communications have been disabled.
The proposed system is part of the City’s overall disaster preparedness efforts, and specifically, part of the Zero Power Plan to increase emergency communication capabilities during widespread power and phone service outages that may occur during high wind, disasters, or Southern California Edison (SCE) Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).
The devastating 2018 Woolsey Fire damaged cell phone, landline phone, electricity, and the internet, creating a virtual communications blackout in the entire City of Malibu, increasing the danger of the fire, and hindering emergency communications and evacuations. For more information, see the press release or read the full study here.
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 2 of the form (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
For information on the proposed prescribed burn in the Big Rock area, go here.
Animal Control services provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control include:
- Animal rescue
- Pet licensing
- Abuse investigation
- Pet adoptions
The County 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 Animal Care and Control 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. 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.