Message from the chief

Jim Copsey

I am proud to be part of the Grover Beach Police Department and to be able to present the public, with the help of the Tribune, a glimpse of what your officers do on a daily basis. There is much more that goes on behind the scenes than what these calls show you. However, I hope you can see that this exemplifies all of the hard and excellent work performed by the employees and volunteers of the Grover Beach Police Department.

The Grover Beach Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality of service and protection to your community by delivering superior police services that meet the needs of your community.

Typically your Dispatchers handle nearly 20,000 calls for service a year. Your police officers arrest over 1,000 people and issue thousands of traffic citations. We conduct DUI checkpoints, participate in the County “Avoid the 14” program, and conduct Tobacco and Alcohol stings involving minors purchasing cigarettes or alcohol at our local businesses. Our Volunteers serve nearly 3,000 hours a year, helping our department and your community.

Community involvement is vital to crime prevention and to the success of fighting crime. We encourage community participation and encourage citizens to report crimes. We need everybody to be the eyes and ears in order to be successful. One element of our mission is to continue to build a reputation as an organization that is supportive of our community but not tolerant of criminal or reckless behavior. To be part of the solution, we ask that you go to our web page at, click on the Police Department page, and click on our new “Community Partnership Program”. We look to continue to increase communication, collaboration and partnerships in order to resolve crime and improve the quality of life.

We look forward to carrying on and building relationships with the community through inclusive collaboration of law enforcement, citizens, local agencies, political leaders, and public information services in order to continue to maintain a safe environment and to fight crime.