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About the Police Department

Serving the Citizens of Pacific Grove

In 1888 Pacific Grove Police Department opened with one part-time caretaker Edward Rich, with the title Marshal. Our police force has grown from one part-time caretaker to its current level of 22 officers and 10 support professionals. Although the police department is bigger, better equipped, better trained and more professional than its nineteenth century predecessors, its underlying principle has always been “service to the community.”

The Pacific Grove Police Department embraces the principles of “Community Policing.” Community policing is both a philosophy (a way of thinking) and an organizational strategy (a way to carry out the philosophy) that allows the police and the community to work closely together in creative ways to solve the problems of crime, illicit drugs, fear of crime, and neighborhood decay, and improve the overall quality of life in our community. The philosophy of community policing rests on the belief that citizens deserve input into the police process. This partnership between the police and the community they serve is at the heart of community policing. It also rests on the belief that solutions to today’s community problems demand freeing both people and the police to explore creative, new ways to address neighborhood concerns beyond traditional law enforcement.

We are all very fortunate to either live or work in Pacific Grove. We have one of the lowest crime rates in Monterey County. Our natural beauty, our quality of life and the safety and security of our residents and guests are the paramount concern to the dedicated men and women of the Pacific Grove Police Department. We look forward to a close working relationship with you, and we are here to serve.

Vision, Mission, & Values

Vision

Never-ending commitment to integrity, honor, and service through collaborative partnerships between the Pacific Grove Police Department and the individuals and organizations we serve, at a standard by which all others are measured.

Mission

The Pacific Grove Police Department is a professional organization dedicated to Community Policing values and promoting a high quality of life, enhancing public safety, and reducing crime.

Values Statement

Community Partnership: We will engage in collaborative efforts to address the needs of our community by developing solutions specific for the City of Pacific Grove that include our ability to serve our community in the future.

Professionalism: The Pacific Grove Police Department pledges to establish and maintain high performance standards, progressive training, personal commitment and service. We will be receptive to new ideas and encourage creativity and innovation.

Respect: We will treat those we serve in a compassionate, sensitive, courteous, and professional manner.

Integrity: Every member of this department is committed to honesty and to upholding the highest ethical standards in the performance of our duties. Our community and our colleagues will be able to judge our commitment to these values by our individual and collective actions.

Organization

Chief Amy Christey reports directly to the City Manager, is the department head for the Pacific Grove Police Department, and started with the City on August 29, 2016. Chief Christey was the Chief for Morro Bay Police Department starting in 2012 and worked her way up through the ranks with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department prior to that. Chief Christey is the first full-time Police Chief since 2012.

Commander Rory Lakind reports directly to the Chief, serves as Acting Chief in her absence, and manages the Patrol Operations Division. The Division is comprised of Patrol, School Resources, Training, Traffic, Investigations, City Jail, Fleet, and the Citizens Academy. Commander Lakind started with the Pacific Grove Police Department in December 2014.

Administrative Services Manager Jocelyn Francis, reports directly to the Chief and manages the Administrative Services Division. The Division is comprised of Police Records, Property and Evidence, Animal Control, Parking Enforcement, Facilities, Purchasing and the Budget. Manager Francis also started with the Pacific Grove Police Department in December 2014.