The Operations Division is managed by a Police Commander who oversees the Patrol Bureau, Range Qualifications, S.W.A.T. Team, Use of Force/Vehicle Pursuit Reviews, Detention Facility, Community Service Technicians, Drone Unit, Tobacco and Alcohol Grants and Special vents Planning. Commander Jim Munro manages the division.
Members of the Grover Beach Police Department’s Patrol Bureau patrol the city’s 2.25 square miles while recognizing the essential product they offer is a high quality of service. There is currently 20 personnel allocated to Patrol, which includes 1 Commander, 4 Sergeants, 14 Police Officers and 1 Community Service Technician. The patrol personnel works four 12-hour shifts that cover 24 hours per day each week. On average, our police officers respond to 60 calls for service each day. Those calls can include social service calls such as homelessness and mental health assistance and crime-related calls such as property crimes and the occasional crime against a person.
GBPD is a partner agency in the San Luis Obispo County Regional Special Operations Team (SWAT). Currently, our department has 2 assigned SWAT operators and 2 Crisis Negotiators. The Team consists of highly trained officers who respond to high risk and specialized incidents within the county. In 2021, Grover Beach added an armored rescue vehicle referred to as a Bearcat to the SWAT team and GBPD's vehicle fleet. The Bearcat is based at the Grover Beach Police Department and provides officers with a safe method of approaching dangerous situations while keeping officer and public safety a top priority.
The GBPD Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) team was established in 2021. GBPD has the largest and most advanced drone fleet on the Central Coast. The team currently has seven FAA 107 pilots and plans to add more in the near future. The pilots train on a frequent basis to maintain and develop their skills. Our UAS drones are used to support patrol and special operations incidents, such as search and rescue, building searches, barricaded persons calls, evidence photography, assisting other agencies, and much more.
Community Service Technicians
Community Service Technicians also referred to as ‘CST’s’, are civilian employees assigned to the operations division. CST’s assist in patrol responding to calls for service that typically don’t require an armed police officer. For example, our CST’s respond to burglaries, thefts, vehicle accidents, code enforcement complaints, and a variety of other calls for service. Additionally, our CST’s are trained in crime scene investigation, accident investigation, and as a drone pilot.
Continuing our commitment to using the best technology on the market, GBPD recently purchased 4 Recon “Interceptor” Power Bikes. These e-bikes are used on special events and patrols throughout the city. Currently, GBPD has 5 trained riders and plans on adding more in the near future.