Public Safety

2023 School safety assessment

The City of Malibu, in collaboration with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, partnered with Guidepost Solutions LLC to conduct a comprehensive evaluation and thorough physical security program review of the four public school campuses in Malibu, which include Malibu Elementary School, Webster Elementary School, Malibu Middle School, and Malibu High School. The assessment identified opportunities for Malibu public schools to improve, grow, and strengthen its physical security program to better protect and serve its communities through an evaluation of physical security measures, security electronic systems, security staffing, security policies and procedures, stakeholder interviews, and community surveys completed by staff, faculty, students, parents, guardians, and administrators.

The assessment’s findings and recommendations were prioritized to enable SMMUSD to develop a phased approach to implementing improvements based on risk. SMMUSD has already begun addressing the systemic, operational, and facility recommendations.

An Executive Summary of the school safety assessment is available for public viewing.


The City’s Public Safety Department is comprised of in-house public safety and emergency management programs and contract services, including law enforcement, fire, and animal control, which are provided by the County of Los Angeles.

The Public Safety Department oversees emergency management programs including maintaining the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and alert and warning systems, City EOC team training, emergency plan development and maintenance, coordinating with outside agencies to develop and improve interagency response procedures, and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. The Department also oversees neighborhood fire safety and preparedness, including the Home Ignition Zone Assessment program and CAL FIRE and FEMA fire prevention grant program implementation. In addition, the Department also oversees the City’s response to homelessness. Staff manages a contract for homeless outreach services, and coordinates with the Sheriff’s Department and other outside agencies to address homeless encampments. 

The general mission of the Public Safety Department is to preserve life and property, protect against fires, reduce the incidence of criminal activity, mitigate traffic accidents and traffic violations, and enhance safety within the community through a variety of public education opportunities.

The Public Safety Director serves as the primary staff liaison to the Public Safety Commission.

Public Safety Agency Reports

The City receives regular activity reports from the Sheriff's Department, Fire Department, and Lifeguards.

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Contract Safety Services

The City contracts with the County of Los Angeles for certain public safety services:

  1. Sheriff
  2. Fire
  3. Animal Control
  4. Lifeguards


The City contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for its law enforcement services, which include:

  • General law, traffic, and parking enforcement and administration
  • Summer beach enforcement
  • Specialized community policing services, including Volunteers on Patrol (VOP) and Malibu Search and Rescue

Parking citation processing and hearings are also contracted. 


Owners of residences or businesses in Malibu may authorize the Sheriff's Department to remove or arrest individuals trespassing on their property by submitting a Letter of Agency form to the Malibu/Lost Hills Station. Additional details are found on page two of the form (under "Guidelines").

Malibu / Lost Hills Sheriff's Station
27050 Agoura Rd
Agoura, CA 91301
310-456-6652 or