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

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

SHOOTING / HOMICIDE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Santa Monica, CA – This morning at about 12:58 a.m., officers responded to Ocean Avenue and Colorado Blvd. regarding possible shots fired. Officers arrived in the area and discovered a shooting had occurred with a victim located on Ocean Avenue. An involved bus drove to the Santa Monica Public Safety Facility (PSF) with additional gunshot victims on board. Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics responded and treated the victims. Three victims were treated and transported to a local hospital for treatment. A fourth victim suffered minor injuries; but was not transported to the hospital. Unfortunately, one of the victims succumbed to her injuries from a gunshot wound. Two additional victims remain hospitalized in stable condition. Officers determined a bus (bus-1) occupied with a large group parked along Ocean Avenue and Colorado Blvd. Several occupants exited the bus (bus-1) onto Ocean Avenue. At some point, the occupants (bus-1) got into an altercation with several subjects that exited another nearby bus (bus-2) parked on Ocean Avenue. A short time later, several suspect(s) fired multiple rounds into the bus (bus-1) striking three victims and a victim on Ocean Avenue. The suspects fled the area westbound in Palisades Park and jumped over a railing towards Pacific Coast Highway. The bus (bus-1) immediately fled the area and drove to the Santa Monica PSF with three gunshot victims on board. The suspects are described as 2-3 black males with no additional information available at this time. This investigation is on-going. We are seeking the public’s assistance in locating witnesses or anyone in the area at the time of this incident. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Leone (310) 458-8949; Detective Cooper (310) 458-8478; or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.

Santa Monica Police Seeks Community Assistance in Stabbing On November 3, 2017 at about 11:25 AM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) officers responded to a radio call for service of an assault with a deadly weapon incident in the area of Fourth Street / Santa Monica Blvd. When officers arrived on scene they located a male victim with multiple stab wounds to his upper body area. Santa Monica Fire Department arrived and treated the victim. The victim was then transported to a local hospital and has been listed in stable but serious condition. Officers on scene learned that the suspect and victim were involved in some type of confrontation prior to the stabbing. The suspect involved immediately fled the area prior to police arrival. The suspect has been described as a Male/White in his 20’s - 30’s, thin build, long light brown hair in a bun/ponytail, wearing all black clothing, and a black backpack. Weapon used was an unknown stabbing instrument. This suspect should be considered armed and dangerous, as the knife or other stabbing instrument is still outstanding. This photograph of the suspect was taken by the victim immediately after the stabbing. We are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this suspect wanted for attempt murder. If the suspect is located we ask the public to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional information as to the identification and whereabouts of this suspect is encouraged to contact Detective Larios (310) 458-8937 or the Santa Monica Police Department (310) 458-8491.

Did you miss Noche de Cuentos at the Pico Branch Library yesterday? Officer Cortez read El oficial Correa y Gloria by Ediciones Ekaré. Would your little ones enjoy meeting an officer? Reach out to your local Santa Monica Public Library and request a read along!

Santa Monica, CA – On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Santa Monica Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 14th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Santa Monica Public Safety Facility, 333 Olympic Drive, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Please note the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website [or add your own information here].

Congratulations to Officers Sanchez and Varak for receiving the American Heart Association's Heart Saver Award for rendering life saving CPR to a jail inmate. Their efforts were instrumental in saving a life. Job well done !!!!.

A big 'thank you' goes out to Virginia Avenue Park - City of Santa Monica, Pico Branch Library, Parent CG, Familias Latinas Unidas, and Treats Frozen Yogurt & Dessert Bar for the amazing event welcoming their new Neighborhood Resource Officer Gus Cortez!

Please join SMPD and other community partners for a Movie at Hotchkiss Park. Residents are invited to meet officers from your local community in addition to enjoying The Book of Life. The Book of Life is the journey of Manolo Sánchez, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, The Book of Life encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future. Event sponsors include the City of Santa Monica Community and Cultural Affairs Office, the Ocean Park Association Neighborhood Council and the Cabreza de Vaca Cultural Dance School. Movie starts at 615pm 2310 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA

Please join us in congratulating Sgt. Michael Graham on his retirement after 30+ years of commitment to law enforcement!

SMPD was honored to be a part of the 2017 Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce New Heroes Celebration. Chief Semko and the Chamber welcomed your new police officers to the community!

Might have been the first time our Community Outreach included meeting Joe the Camel! Great to meet so many little "Police Helpers" too!

We love meeting & getting to know you and your families at neighborhood block parties. Let us know when we can join you next!

It's a beautiful day to head outside! Today is Huck Finn Day at Douglas Park - A @SantaMonicaJaycees event!

ARREST On September 28, 2017, Hector Jehova Bonilla, a 20 year-old male from Santa Monica, was arrested by the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) for his involvement in a carjacking that occurred the previous week in Culver City and was wanted by the Culver City Police Department (CCPD). Bonilla has also been linked to a shooting that occurred in Santa Monica and two robberies in Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) jurisdiction. On October 2, 2017, following a collaborative effort by Detectives from CCPD, LAPD and SMPD, charges were filed against Bonilla at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office-Airport Division Courthouse. On September 20, 2017 at about 3:14 p.m., SMPD received several calls for service regarding a shooting that occurred in the area of 20th Street and Pico Blvd. No victims were struck during the shooting. Witnesses detailed a vehicle driving in the area as the front passenger/suspect exited the vehicle. The suspect got involved in a verbal confrontation with an unidentified victim. During the confrontation, the suspect fired several rounds at the victim and other bystanders. SMPD Detectives were able to identify Bonilla as an involved party in the shooting. Bonilla has been charged with 215(a) P.C. – Carjacking; 211 P.C. Robbery; and 246.3 P.C – Negligent Discharge of a Firearm. Bonilla is being held without bail under the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office pending a preliminary hearing. Anyone with information related to the Santa Monica 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.

Thank you for joining us for #CoffeeWithACop. Keep your eyes open for more opportunities to ask questions and meet the officers in your community! Did we mention it is also #NationalTacoDay? Let's #taco 'bout it!

Join us at #CoastSaMo for a free, engaging, and fun way to explore #SantaMonica! Visit the SMPD booth near Main and Olympic Dr. Don't forget to say congrats to Interim Chief, Kenneth Semko while he's out and about!

On Wednesday October 4, 2017, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will be participating in National Coffee with a Cop Day. Coffee with a Cop was launched in 2011 by the Hawthorne Police Department to encourage community policing. Since the program began, events have been hosted in every state of the United States and has also expanded to Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa. SMPD has previously hosted Coffee with a Cop in the City. The event promotes an environment for the community and officers to interact in a neutral space over a cup of coffee. The key to the event is creating an opportunity for the community and officers to communicate openly outside of a crisis type situation that typically brings officers and the community together. Officers and staff from SMPD’s Community Affairs Unit will be at the following three locations and times throughout the City: Groundwork- 2121 Cloverfield Blvd from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Coffee Bean - 829 Wilshire Blvd from 8:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m. Peet’s Coffee – 2439 Main Street from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

After over 30 years with SMPD and 36+ years in Law Enforcement, Chief Jacqueline A. Seabrooks has retired. EOW 9/28/2017 @ 1310. We appreciate your dedication to growing the Department and wish you all the best! Chief Seabrooks departed with a formal escort by #SMPD motor officers.

City of Santa Monica Leash Law Regulation and Enforcement Yes! You must have your dog on a leash, when you take it for a walk. The City of Santa Monica has a leash law ordinance and you may be subject to a citation if observed with your dog off leash. There are several benefits of walking you dog on a leash, which include: • Protects your dog from other aggressive dogs. • Keeps your dog safe from traffic hazards. • Helps control your dog from picking up or eating hazardous items off the ground. • Prevents your dog from biting another person • Helps keep you and your dog safe from local wildlife The Santa Monica leash ordinance reads: 4.04.155 Dogs on public property. (a) No person having control, charge or custody of any dog shall permit the dog to be upon any public property, unless the dog is in the custody and control of a competent person and either: (1) Confined in an automobile; or (2) Restrained by a chain or leash six feet or less in fixed length. (b) Any person violating this Section shall be guilty of an infraction which shall be punishable by a fine of not less than fifty dollars per violation with each day or partial day of violation counting as a separate offense. (c) Notwithstanding the above, this Section shall not apply to dogs in any area designated by resolution of the City Council for use by dogs if the person having custody or control of the dog is in compliance with posted rules governing the use of the designated area. (Added by Ord. No. 2137CCS § 2, adopted 8/10/04 If you would like to report a dog off leash in your community, please contact Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491, while the incident is occurring. Feel free to Animal Control if you have questions or concerns at (310) 458-8595.

Congrats to Sgt. Glaser who graduated today from the Sherman Block Leadership Institute. The Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) is a nine month program designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making in California law enforcement front-line supervisors. Sgt. Glaser is pictured receiving his certification from the President of the California Police Chiefs Association Chief Medrano with the Gardena Police Department.

Santa Monica, CA - The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence (DUI)-Driver’s License Checkpoint. The operation is scheduled for Friday, September 22, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location within city limits. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints are a proven factor in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and/or drug related collisions. Research shows that accidents involving impaired drivers can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized enforcement checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. Traffic Officers will be looking for objective signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and verify that motorists are in possession of a valid driver’s license. In California 2013, drunk driving led to the tragic deaths of 867 persons and over 23,000 serious injuries. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,076 people were killed by impaired drivers. Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal collisions had traces of one or more drugs in their systems. The study showed that more drivers tested positive for drug impairment (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies. Nearly 90% of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints. 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. The Santa Monica Police Department would like to remind everyone to call 9-1-1 to report drunk drivers. Your call might help us save a life!

The Santa Monica Police Department has been promoting the Meet Your Neighbor program since the beginning of the year so that we could create more “unity within the community.” We noticed over the past few years that many residents do not know their neighbors. This has caused issues within the neighborhoods and a disconnect when reporting incidents in their neighborhoods. By getting to know their neighbors residents create a safer and more united neighborhood. Another benefit is increased and more accurate communication with the police. SMPD had a random drawing from the groups which participated in the Meet Your Neighbor program. The Police Department put on a block party for the winners of the contest, the neighbors of the 1400 block of 24th Street.

Santa Monica Pier has been reopened. Thank you for your patience today. Please sign up for emergency updates:

Update: The Los Angeles Sheriff's Bomb Squad has determined the suspicious vehicle has been rendered safe, however the Pier remains closed. Additional information will be provided shortly.

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