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    Community Services Section

    Community Affairs Unit

    The Community Affairs Section works as a liaison between the public and the Police Department to resolve quality of life issues. Led by a Sergeant, the unit is comprised of four (4) Crime Prevention Coordinators and four (4) Neighborhood Resource Officers.

    Community Affairs Unit

    Neighborhood Resource Officers

    The Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO) program exemplifies community oriented policing in its truest form. The City is divided into four distinct patrol areas (beats), each with a dedicated officer assigned to the beat to address community livability issues. The goal of the NRO program is to quickly identify community issues, concerns, problems and crime trends which have long term quality of life issues. The NRO coordinates resources to help solve these problems. Among their responsibilities:

    • Liaison with the patrol beat officers to impact crime trends
    • Engage in community outreach
    • Host/attend community meetings
    • Interact with other divisions in the department to address community concerns; work collaboratively with other City Departments 

    Crime Prevention Coordinators

    A Crime Prevention Coordinator (CPC) works collaboratively with a Neighborhood Resource Officer in a respective beat. They apply principles and methods of crime prevention by developing, implementing, and coordinating a variety of police programs in the community. Among their responsibilities:

    • Engage in community outreach by collaborating with schools, organizations, residents, community leaders and businesses
    • Coordinate crime prevention programs and meetings including Neighborhood Watch Meetings
    • Make professional public presentations throughout the City of Santa Monica on police and community safety programs
    • Organize special events including National Night Out
    • Host Community Police Academy for Santa Monica stakeholders
    • Conduct Residential and Commercial Security Surveys

    You may contact our Community Affairs unit at (310) 458-8474.  Meet our dedicated teams of Neighborhood Resource Officers or Crime Prevention Coordinators.

    Event Planning Unit

    The Event Planning Section, led by a Sergeant, is responsible for coordination of police services involving all special events and film permits. The City of Santa Monica hosts many high profile events each year including the Los Angeles Marathon, Twilight Concert Series, and many commercial filming permits. These require operational event planning and staffing by the police department. We continually collaborate with the Community Events Office in the Community and Cultural Services Department, to review event permit applications and establish acceptable requirements in accordance with the City's Events Ordinance.

    To apply for an event permit contact the Community Events Office at (310) 458-8300.

    For questions regarding police services for permitted events, please contact Sergeant Mike Braaten at (310) 458-8443.

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