Captain Jason Kravetz is a 27 year law enforcement veteran who began his career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department before transferring to the Laguna Beach Police Department in 1989. During his tenure in Laguna Beach, Captain Kravetz has worked a variety of assignments which have included; Patrol, Field Training Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. As one of two Police Captains within the organization, Jason leads the Field Services Division.
Captain Kravetz was born and raised in Southern California. He possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is also a graduate of POST Command College, the FBI National Academy and the International Police Chief’s “Leadership in Police Organizations.” From 2006-2011, he was an instructor for the prestigious Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and traveled the state facilitating an eight month leadership development course for Police Sergeants.
Professionally, he is involved in several community organizations which include the Laguna Beach Business Club, Board of Realtors, and the City of Laguna Beach HIV Advisory Committee. He currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Community Services Project (Laguna Beach Youth Shelter) and the Nominations and Communications Boards for the California Peace Officers Association. He is also an active member of the FBI National Associates and the International Police Chiefs Organization.
He has been awarded the Medal of Life Saving, Medal of Courage and Medal of Merit, but he is most proud to have been honored by his peers as the Police Officer of the Year.
Jim Beres started his law enforcement career with the Orange Police Department as a Police Cadet in 1987, and promoted to Police Services Officer from 1989 to 1990. From 1990 to 1994 Jim worked for the City of Stanton as a Parking Enforcement Officer, also assisting with code enforcement. Jim started working for the City of El Monte in 1994 as a Code Enforcement Officer, and promoted to Senior Code Enforcement Officer, Code Enforcement Supervisor, and Neighborhood Services Manager with the El Monte Police Department.
As the Neighborhood Services Manager he was responsible for managing code enforcement, parking enforcement, animal control, police permits, taxicab regulation and inspections, CPTED projects, and working with the problem oriented policing team to reduce crime and public nuisances. In 2010 Jim joined the Laguna Beach Police Department as the Civilian Services Administrator. Jim is responsible for managing the Civilian Services Division which includes parking enforcement, animal control, the animal shelter, beach patrol, the police traffic control aides and police cadets, and the police volunteer program. Jim also assists with various special projects and events that occur throughout the year, and is the Police Department’s staff liaison for the Parking, Traffic, and Circulation Committee. Jim was honored to be chosen by his fellow employees as the Civilian Employee of the Year in 2012.