The Hermosa Beach Police Department has three Divisions--click the yellow and white bars below to expand or contract division description and contact information sections for:
- Community Services - Parking & Animal Control
- Investigative & Administrative Services
The Community Services Division is responsible for the enforcement of Municipal and California Vehicle Codes, patrolling the city to locate violations, issuing citations to violators, marking vehicles in timed zones, advanced enforcement on street sweeper routes to facilitate sweeper access, PCH commuter lane enforcement including towing vehicles to allow lane access, responding to traffic hazard complaints, servicing parking complaints including administrative citation reviews and hearings, assisting in directing traffic, operational maintenance of parking meters, servicing animal problems throughout the City, responding to complaints, caring for injured animals, patrolling for potential problems (i.e. prevent animal nuisance), and enforcement of Municipal and State laws. In addition to parking enforcement and animal control, the division also manages the following services:
- Crossing guard contract management.
- Dial-a-Taxi contract management ($1 rides for seniors and disabled individuals).
- House Check Programs - Alzheimers, Vacation and You Are Not Alone (for seniors).
- Neighborhood Watch
- Oversized vehicle permits - 24-hour permits issued with a valid oversized vehicle registration obtained from the City's Finance Cashier office.
- Special event coordination - Coffee with a Cop, Community Safety Fair, National Night Out, Rabies Clinic, etc. - check the City's calendar of events for details.
- Volunteers In Policing (VIP) Program - A volunteer program that supports the Hermosa Beach Police Department.
- Animal Control & Parking Enforcement (dispatch) (310) 524-2750
- Community Services General Line (310) 318-0209
The Investigative & Administrative Services Division provides the following services:
- Detective Bureau - processes approximately 4,000 cases per year including abuse, assault, auto theft, burglary, fraud, homicide, narcotics, robbery, sex crime and theft investigations.
- Police Records / Business Office (540 Pier Avenue) - manages police records and public counter services including issuance of permits (e.g. amplified sound, block party, drone, residential special event and security alarm), citation sign-offs and release of towed or impounded vehicles (pay at Finance Cashier office or may bring exact change after hours and on weekends).
- Property / Evidence / Court Liaison - manages property and evidence; and provides court liaison services.
The division may also assist with various police administrative functions including accreditation, budgeting, contract management (dispatch, radio, software, supplemental private security, systems, etc.), grants management, procurement, reporting, training, vehicle replacement and other items.
- Court Liaison / Property and Evidence (310) 318-0344
- Police Records / Business Office (310) 318-0360 | fax (310) 798-8926
- Division Commander - Lieutenant Dorothy Scheid (310) 318-0342
- Administrative Sergeant - Sergeant Mick Gaglia (310) 318-0310
- Court Liaison / Property and Evidence - Starla Smith (310) 318-0344
- Detective Sergeant - Jamie Ramirez (310) 318-0330
- Burglary / Theft - Detective Matthew Franco (310) 318-0332
- Fraud / Theft / Auto Theft - Detective Guy Dove (310) 318-0348
- Robbery / Narcotics / Assault - Detective George Brunn (310) 318-0351
- Sex Crimes / Abuse - Detective Wayne Lewis (310) 318-0334
- Fax (310) 318-0350
The Operations Division is comprised of the Narcotics / K-9 Unit, Patrol, Reserve Unit and Traffic Bureau. Key services include:
- Jail management
- K-9 Unit - established in 2009 to help fight crime and drugs in our community and in concert with surrounding agencies, this unit was funded by public donations and money generated from asset seizures and forfeitures. "Keef" was our narcotics K-9 from January 2010 until his retirement in January 2018. The Police Department's new K-9, Charlie, finished explosives detection training and began patrolling in November 2019.
- Patrol - patrol units provide general law enforcement services throughout the City.
- Reserve Unit - Reserve Police Officers are citizen volunteers meeting certain requirements (police academy, POST, background check, etc.) who supplement the Police Department as required (special events, general law enforcement, patrols, etc.).
- Traffic Bureau - Motor Officers provide traffic management services, respond to traffic collisions, issue citations, sign-off on fix-it tickets and provide other related services.
The division also provides special event support and security including interfacing with external agencies.