The Public Safety Department is comprised of emergency preparedness and public safety programs. Law enforcement, fire, beach lifeguards, and animal control services are provided by the County of Los Angeles on a contract basis.
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.
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 2 of the form (Guidelines).
Fire services within the City of Malibu and the unincorporated Los Angeles County areas around Malibu are provided by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department through four local fire stations:
Fire services provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department include:
- Fire emergency response
- Paramedic services
- Fire prevention and inspections
The City's Fire Safety Liaison also provides assistance to residents and businesses to be prepared for fire season and take steps to protect their homes from fire damage. Visit the Fire Safety page for more information.
Animal Control services provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control include:
- Animal rescue
- Pet licensing
- Abuse investigation
- Pet adoptions
The County animal shelter in Agoura provides services to the Malibu community:
Agoura Animal Care Center
29525 Agoura Rd
Agoura, CA 91301
Operating Hours and Directions
Visit the LA County Animal Care and Control website for information about licensing, regulations, and shelters, or to submit an Animal Noise Complaint.
The public beaches in Malibu are guarded by the Lifeguard Division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The Lifeguards are responsible for providing ocean lifesaving protection for an estimated 11-12 million beachgoers who visit Malibu beaches each year.
During peak summer months, Lifeguard services are supplemented by the Summer Enforcement Team. The City partners with the Sheriff’s Department each summer to ensure a safe and wholesome beach environment for the residents and visitors of Malibu by adding an extremely motivated team of sworn and non-sworn Sheriff’s Department personnel to provide a strong, visible, pro-active police presence at the beach. From the ground and air, the Beach Team ensures enforcement of all applicable laws and assists with crowd control and parking enforcement.