The police profession is a noble and honorable calling that requires integrity, honesty, dedication, and a commitment to serve our community. The Laguna Beach Police Department is made up of men and women who encompass these qualities. With a compliment of approximately 96 full-time employees, 52 sworn and 44 civilian positions, the Laguna Beach Police Department handles close to 45,000 calls for service annually. The department also manages approximately 15 Citizens on Patrol, 10 Police Explorers, and over 350 Community Emergency Response Team volunteers.
Under the direction and leadership of Chief Laura Farinella, the Department continues to look at ways to provide the best service to the residents of Laguna Beach. Such innovations as Intelligence-led policing allow officers to utilize data in order to better predict patterns of criminal activity and assign resources accordingly.
The Laguna Beach Police Department is comprised of three divisions; Field Services, Support Services/Investigations, and Civilian Services. Field Services is overseen by Captain Jeff Calvert and Investigations and Support Services is overseen by Captain Rachel Johnson. Civilian Services Administrator Jim Beres oversees the Civilian Services Division. Under their leadership, officers and civilians within the Police Department handle the daily tasks necessary to operate the Department and provide a high level of service to the citizens and visitors of Laguna Beach.
The Laguna Beach Police Department believes in a community-based policing philosophy, which follows the principle that when communities and law enforcement engage in transparent communication and mutual cooperation, the community as a whole is better served. As a result, personnel from the department are involved in all aspects of community, including schools, neighborhoods and community organizations.
For more information about the services we provide, please take a look at our Biennial Report.