Santa Monica Police Department

  • Agency: Santa Monica Police Department
  • Address: 333 Olympic Drive, Santa Monica, 90401-2200 CA
  • Chief: Timothy Jackman (Chief of Police)
Phone: 310.395.9931
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Santa Monica Police Department is located at 333 Olympic Drive, Santa Monica, 90401-2200 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Timothy Jackman. The Santa Monica Police Department phone number is 310.395.9931.

Santa Monica Police Department News

Today, after 29 years of Neighborhood Watch Meetings, residential security surveys, public meetings, planning National Night Outs, and facilitating Community Police Academies (just to give a small sampling of her job duties), Lauralee Asch, Lead Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Santa Monica Police Department celebrated her retirement with friends and colleagues. We wish her the best as she embarks on a new journey and urge her to smile often, sleep more, play hard and travel far!!

Students in Grant Elementary's CREST Program truly enjoyed a surprise visit from Sgt. Boyd! They learned a little about SMPD's SWAT Team and even more about the importance of teamwork and fitness!

Suspect Arrested for Jewelry Store Theft FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2018 Contact: Saul Rodriguez, Lieutenant (310) 458-2293 saul.rodriguez@smgov.net Santa Monica, CA – Earlier today, Santa Monica Department (SMPD) Detectives filed charges with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office- Airport Division on Lexis Monee Willis, a 23 year-old female from Long Beach, for her involvement in a jewelry store theft in Santa Monica. On January 5, 2018 at about 3:53 p.m., SMPD responded to a radio call for service at L’Oliphant Jewelry Store -1621 Montana Avenue- regarding a strong-armed robbery that just occurred. A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store posturing as a customer. The suspect selected merchandise, two diamond jewelry pieces, from the display cases. At some point, the suspect ran out of the store with the merchandise. The jewelry taken was valued at over $12,000.00. The suspect ran towards the alley and entered the passenger side of a newer model grey 4-door Chrysler. A salesperson gave chase and followed the suspect to the alley. The salesperson stood in front of the vehicle to prevent the vehicle from fleeing. The vehicle accelerated forward causing the salesperson to move out of the way and avoid being struck. The vehicle fled east on Montana Avenue. The driver of the vehicle was described as a black male in his 30’s. Following a thorough investigation, detectives were able to identify Lexis as the suspect that entered the store and stole the merchandise. Detectives entered a “Want” in the system for her arrest. On February 5, 2018, Lexis was arrested in Gardena by the Gardena Police Department for her involvement in the theft. Lexis has been charged with 487(a) P.C. – Grand Theft; and 368(d) PC – Felony Theft from an Elder, Lexis remains in custody with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office on a bail of $145,000.00. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Cooper at (310) 458-8478; Sergeant Skogh at (310) 458-8992; or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of America’s biggest and most entertaining national sporting events for friends and families gathering to socialize and watch the big game. Yet, it has also become one of the Nation’s most dangerous days on the roadways due to impaired driving. Impaired-driving crashes—and fatalities—can be prevented. Designating a sober driver should be on the top of everyone’s Super Bowl party list, but there are other ways you can help save lives, too. If you are attending a Super Bowl Party: Designate your sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys. Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast by pacing yourself – eat enough food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks. If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober. Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired. Remember, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against other impaired drivers.

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations with focused enforcement efforts on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Field enforcement operations are scheduled for Friday February 2, 2018 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Monday February 5, 2018 from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Police Department periodically identifies locations where bike and pedestrian collisions are prevalent, along with the violations that led to those collisions. In an effort to lower deaths and injuries, officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic collisions occur. Officers will be on the lookout for violations by drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians that can potentially lead to life altering injuries. Special enforcement efforts will be directed towards drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks and similar dangerous violations. Additionally, enforcement will occur for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bicyclists will be issued citations when they fail to follow similar traffic laws that also apply to motorists. Bicyclists are encouraged to always wear a helmet; those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the @CaliforniaOTS, the California Office of Traffic Safety and through NHTSA, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on February 2, 2018 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out. Designated Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or "DDVIP," free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Santa Monica Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to 'Report Drunk Driver - Call 9-1-1'.

The Santa Monica Police Department responded approximately 347 calls for service on Monday, January 29, 2018. Remember: Do not leave valuables in your car! #TakeIt #LockIt #KeepIt

Congrats to the Santa Monica Explorers Post #709 for their great showing at the Chandler Tactical Competition hosted by the Chandler Police Cadets in Arizona. Not only did our team take 1st place in Crisis Negotiations they also won the TEMS (Tactical Emergency Medical Support) portion of the competition. Way to go team!!! Interested in learning more about joining the program? Visit https://santamonicapd.org/Content.aspx?id=2709

January 10, 2018 Contact: Saul Rodriguez, Lieutenant (310) 458-2293 saul.rodriguez@smgov.net The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is seeking the public’s assistance with any information or witnesses related to a suspicious death that occurred in Santa Monica. In addition, SMPD is seeking to locate the next of kin or anyone that may have been in communication with the deceased. The decedent has been identified as John Hautz, an 88 year-old male from Santa Monica. On January 1, 2018 at about 1:04 p.m., SMPD Officers responded to a radio call for service in the 2300 block of 34th Street regarding an elderly male who appeared to be unconscious inside of his residence. Officers made entry into the residence and discovered the man was deceased. SMPD Detectives were notified and conducted a thorough investigation of the crime scene. A preliminary investigation revealed possible suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Hautz. Following a medical examination by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, the death has been classified as a homicide. The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8449. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Friday, SMPD officers conducted a #bike and #pedestrian #safety enforcement operation focused on violations by drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians that could potentially lead to life altering injuries. Here are the results.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2018 Contact: Rudy Flores, Sergeant (310) 458-8488 rudy.flores@smgov.net The Santa Monica Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with any information involving a burglary that occurred on December 28th, 2017. Detectives are investigating a commercial burglary of a construction site in the area of the 2300 block of 33rd Street. The suspect was seen by witnesses leaving the location on foot carrying construction tools. The suspect is described as a black male, shaved and/or balding head, 25-30-years-old, 5’11” to 6’0”, 190-200 lbs., wearing a white T-shirt with grey sweatpants and possibly a hooded sweatshirt. This individual is transient in appearance. We are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this described individual who detectives believe may have been loitering and/or casing the area during the New Year’s Eve weekend. Anyone with additional information regarding this individual is encouraged to call Detective Leone at (310) 458-8949; Sgt. Skogh 310-458-8992; or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8491.

Hang in there! The weekend is right around the corner. Happy #HumpDay! Photo: Officers Lashley and Redondo happened upon this beauty in 2017. Never too early to revisit some of the highlights of last year.

Happy New Year!

Earlier this week Sergeant Thruston “pinned” a new officer. Officer Ethan is from #Thailand and is visiting family here in #SantaMonica. Officer Cortez showed him where he would be working and introduced him to Officer Hernandez.

ARREST: Four individuals in connection with a shooting near 1200 Bay Street are in custody. http://smdp.com/man-shot-in-stomach-during-early-morning-walk/163676

Merry Christmas from our #SMPD family to yours!

Our “C Watch” officers, who work the late night/early morning hours, preparing to start their shift on Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays from our “C Watch” crew!

Yesterday's visit to @SantaMonicaPAL was filled with smiles as children received gifts from Santa. Remember, joy is contagious! Happy Holidays.

Thank you Rabbi David for inviting our officers out to participate in the lighting of the Menorah on Monday, December 18th!

A special thank you to Tia Hansen, 6th Grader and artist of our beautiful 2017 Holiday card. Tia won a contest held at the Santa Monica Police Activities League. Well Done Tia !!!!!

Gifting a puppy for the holidays? If you’re planning to get a pet, we can help you rescue one that needs a home and get resources to ensure your pet thrives. Remember, pet ownership is a responsibility not suited for everyone. Learn more at www.facebook.com/SantaMonicaAnimalShelter

Meet our new friends! The Hall-i-day party at Santa Monica's City Hall was amazing. SMPD hosted a s'mores and hot chocolate bar. Happy holidays to all!

The Community Police Academy is a free, 10 - 12 week program designed to give you an inside look at local law enforcement, including an overview of the Santa Monica Police Department's functions, responsibilities, and operational procedures. The Academy class meets one evening per week for a three-hour session. Participants will meet the Chief of Police, and learn about community policing, criminal investigations, forensics, and the effects of driving under the influence. Some of the activities for the participants include mock traffic stops and a ride-along with a patrol officer. In addition, there's a tour of the Santa Monica Bay with our Harbor Unit. The course concludes with a graduation ceremony; the participants receive a certificate of completion. Visit https://www.santamonicapd.org/Content.aspx?id=2711 for more information.