Seal Beach Police Department Divisions

The Seal Beach Police Department is a full-service, public safety agency with professional officers and staff assigned to a variety of divisions and roles. Read on to learn more or select from the menu to the left to jump to a specific division.

Patrol Division

The Patrol division consists of the police personnel who patrol and enforce laws throughout the City.

West County SWAT

The City currently has six officers assigned to the West County Special Weapons and Tactical Team (SWAT). While assigned to SWAT, each officer receives specialized training for his/her role on the SWAT Team. The Seal Beach Police Department currently has two crisis negotiators, two snipers, an assistant team leader, and a specialist in the deployment of less than lethal munitions and tear gas.

Serious Traffic Accident Response Team

Seal Beach Police Officers are part of a multi-agency Serious Traffic Accident Response (STAR) team. These officers receive specialized training in traffic collision investigation and the use of specialized equipment that measures and diagrams traffic collision scenes.

Investigations Division

The detectives in the Investigations division handle all basic investigations that are received from the Patrol division. Any and all crimes involving the sales of narcotics are handled by the entire Investigations division.

The Investigations division consists of three separate investigative details:

  • Major Crimes: homicide, robbery, extortion, assault with a deadly weapon, assault/battery, weapons, elder abuse (physical), domestic violence, hate crimes, terrorist threats, arson, stalking, kidnap, missing persons, and runaways.
  • Property Crimes: burglaries, grand theft, petty theft, vandalism, graffiti, sex crimes, child abuse/neglect, juvenile crime, and auto theft.
  • Financial Crimes: forgery, fraud, embezzlement, identity theft, check fraud, elder abuse (financial), wire fraud, annoying/threatening phone calls, restraining order violations, and trespassing.

Traffic Division

The Traffic division enforces Seal Beach parking ordinances and manages meter and parking fees. The Traffic division consists of one full-time Lead Community Services Officer, two full-time Senior Community Services Officers, and three part-time Police Aides.

To register for parking permit online go to :
https://www.citationprocessingcenter.com/citizens/sealbeach/permits

To find information on parking permit requirements:
http://www.sealbeachca.gov/Departments/Finance/Parking-Permits

PARKING Citation Processing

The Seal Beach Police Department currently contracts with Citation Processing Center for all parking related processing and billing. Citation Processing Center can be contacted at:

City of Seal Beach
Citation Processing Center
C/O City of Seal Beach
PO Box 10479
Newport Beach, CA 92658-0479

Customer Service/To Pay:
1-800-989-2058
www.CitationProcessingCenter.com

Paying a PARKING Citation

Parking citations can be paid by mail, phone, online, or in person at the Police Department. Please note that when paying in person at the Police Department, you must pay with exact change (cash) or check only. Parking citations paid by mail should be sent to the above listed address and include the parking citation and your personal check, money order, or cashier's check. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Citation Processing Center using the phone number or via the website provided above.

Contesting a Citation

Parking citations are contested by following the instructions on the back of the parking ticket or through instructions provided by Citation Processing Center (contact information above). You will need to provide your reason for review and include all applicable documentation relating to your appeal.

Notice

All parking citations must be paid or contested within 21 days of issuance. Parking citations unpaid or uncontested after 21 days are subject to penalty increases. Please note that vehicles with five or more parking citations may be impounded.

Impounded Vehicles

The Seal Beach Police Department contracts with three independent towing agencies. Once a vehicle is impounded, a release must be obtained from the Records Division.

Records Release

The Records division is responsible for maintaining and processing all of the information collected daily by the City's law enforcement personnel. This encompasses all crime reports, warrants, traffic accident reports, vehicle reports, and statistical reports.

This division is also responsible for all report releases and public records requests. The Records division handles the release of all stored/impounded vehicles, citation sign-offs, adult and juvenile record sealing, and a myriad of other duties.

Records Requests

Police reports are only released to individuals listed within the requested report. Unassociated parties must provide a notarized letter authorizing them to act on a listed party's behalf. Report Requests must be filed via mail or in-person at the Seal Beach Police Department.

Oversized Vehicle PERMIT Booklet

Oversized vehicle permit booklets are issued in sets of six. There are very specific stipulations associated with the issuance of these permits.

  • All California Vehicle Code and Municipal Code sections are applicable.
  • Permits are issued for loading and unloading purposes only.
  • Permits are only valid for 24 hours and back-to-back use is not permitted.
  • The on-duty Watch Commander must be notified of intent to use a permit.

Impounded Vehicles

The registered owner of an impounded vehicle, once properly identified, can pick up their impounded vehicle. Any issues associated with registration, citations, or any holds must be resolved before a vehicle can be released. For questions regarding an impounded vehicle, contact the on-duty Watch Commander at (562) 799-4100 x1115 or our Dispatch Center at (562) 594-7232.

Detention Center

The Seal Beach Police Department Detention Center's mission is to set the standard as a model police department detention center. We accomplish this by utilizing progressive custodial programs and professionally trained and State certified custodial staff. We effectively utilize the available resources to protect the public, enhance the integrity of the law, and return offenders to society as contributing members of the community.

The Seal Beach Police Department Detention Center is a type 1 facility with 30 beds. The Detention Center takes in street arrests from Seal Beach and Los Alamitos and houses Pay to Stay/Work Furlough inmates. All local arrestees are processed and held, if necessary, at our facility. 600 arrestees are processed at our jail annually. We offer a Pay to Stay/Work Furlough program for people who are allowed by a judge to carry out their sentence in a city/private jail instead of a county jail.

For more information on the Pay to Stay/Work Furlough program, please click here, call either of the phone numbers below, or send an email to the address below.

Steve Bowles, Sergeant
Phone: (562) 799-4100 x1117

Detention Services Officers
Email: sbpdc@sealbeachca.gov
Phone: (562) 799-4100 x1116

Emergency Services Division

The City of Seal Beach Police Department's Emergency Services division works in coordination with all City Departments to strengthen the City's ability to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from any disaster.

Be Prepared

A variety of activities, programs, and projects designed to enhance the City's preparedness are conducted regularly. These include various trainings, drills, and disaster exercises.

Associated Programs & Functions

Some of the programs and functions managed by the Emergency Services division are:

Dispatch

West Cities Police Communications (West-Comm) has provided police dispatch services to the City since 1997. West-Comm is an agency formed by a Joint Powers Agreement between the cities of Cypress, Los Alamitos, and Seal Beach, with contract dispatch service also provided to the Orange County Parks Rangers. The dispatch center is located at the Seal Beach Police Department.

West-Comm is a civilian managed organization committed to providing quality public safety services. West-Comm serves a combined population of approximately 98,000, covering an area of approximately 22 square miles (Cypress - 6.6; Seal Beach - 11.5; Los Alamitos - 4).

Dialing 9-1-1 from a land line in any of the cities served by West-Comm will connect the caller to a professionally trained public safety dispatcher who will determine the nature of the emergency and manage dispatch of the appropriate emergency services response. Calls that require the assistance of paramedics or fire personnel are transferred to the appropriate fire services dispatch center (i.e. Orange County Fire Authority).

When a call for service is received by West-Comm, a dispatcher will enter the pertinent details into the computer aided dispatch (CAD) system and the information is then immediately available to a radio dispatcher. West-Comm service standards are to dispatch Priority 1 emergency calls within 30 seconds. Emergency personnel en route to the call location remain in constant radio contact with West-Comm as additional details are received.

For additional information, please refer to West-Comm's website.

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1
For non-emergency needs, call (562) 594-7232

Crime Analysis Unit

The Crime Analysis unit provides analysis of crimes in an attempt to identify emerging patterns and trends. Staff is held accountable and supervisors work to reallocate resources in response to statistical analysis.

Digital Intel Analysis

This unit assists the Seal Beach Police Department in the handling and deciphering of digital intelligence. This can include the extraction and analysis of surveillance system data, mobile device data, or the numerous other forms of digital media in which officers come in contact.

Statistical Reports

Monthly part 1 crime statistics are compiled, audited, and distributed to the Department of Justice and other agencies. These reports are considered public information/knowledge. For more information on these reports, please visit the Department of Justice website.

Property and Evidence

The Property and Evidence office is responsible for the daily processing and booking of criminal evidence collected by police personnel. The Community Services Officer assigned to Property maintains the daily security of property booked as lost, found, and stolen, and for safekeeping.

Release Procedures

Property is released by appointment only from Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the exception of holidays. Please contact the Community Services Officer to make an appointment or with any questions that you may have. In order to have property released, you will need photo identification and may need to provide proof of ownership.

Found Property

Found property will be maintained for 90 days or until an owner can be located.

Finders: After 60 days, but before 90 days, finders can contact the Community Services Officer to file a claim if no owner can be located. Found firearms cannot be released to a finder.

Safekeeping

Property held for safekeeping must be claimed within 60 days or it will be disposed of as prescribed by law. The owner can designate another person to pick up the property for them; however, the designated person must have a notarized, signed letter authorizing them to pick up the property on the owner's behalf. The designee must present valid identification. Cash will only be returned to the owner, unless otherwise specified by the officer or assigned detective.

Firearms

If you wish to claim your firearm(s), you will need to apply with the Department of Justice (DOJ) for a firearm eligibility clearance. The DOJ will instruct you on how to obtain a clearance and the fees involved.

Evidence

Property held as Evidence will not be released unless the case has been resolved through the court process or a detective assigned to the case has authorized the release. If the detective authorizes the release, you can contact the Property & Evidence office for an appointment. You must have your report number and valid photo ID when picking up your property. (Firearms and Cash held as evidence included.) Evidence can only be claimed by the person named on the release. Letters will NOT be accepted.

Auctions

All property (confiscated and unclaimed) that is eligible for auction is outsourced to a local auction company to be auctioned to the public.

Dominic Sarabia, Community Services Officer
Email: dsarabia@sealbeachca.gov
Phone: (562) 799-4100 x1114