SEAL BEACH, CA – Seal Beach Police Chief Phil Gonshak has released his department’s 2022 vision statement, and it’s called “FOCUSED” – each letter representing a department priority.
Police said this year they would focus on “the community at large and how the SBPD will continue to FOCUS on protecting the community of Seal Beach.”
Gonshak said his department was looking forward to this year and thanked its members, Seal Beach City Council and City Manager Jill Ingram for their “continued support and guidance.”
Ingram called the FOCUSED campaign a clear way to understand ministry priorities.
“An understanding, quick and educated police force is what residents want from their police service,” Ingram said. “It is evident that Chief Gonshak and every member of the SBPD cares about this community and strives to provide service in a professional and compassionate manner.”
Each mission statement letter and description can be found below, courtesy of the Seal Beach Police Department:
F: First on stage
The Seal Beach Police Department is committed to responding to every emergency call to make service as quick and as safe as possible. We pride ourselves on having the fastest response times available. We will continue to help reduce response times by ensuring that our police officers are physically on the ground and on the streets as much as possible. We will do this by strategically placing our staff across town when they are not dealing with a service call.
We are not naive that we do not know everything. We want to learn from the community on how we can better serve our residents, businesses and visitors to Seal Beach. We appreciate all contributions from our community and encourage anyone with questions to send them to [email protected] or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and / or Facebook via @SealBeachPolice.
C: Customer / community service
Just like traditional businesses, we always focus on customer service. Also, in our case, we want to focus on both our customers and our community. This means that all Seal Beach Police Department personnel will be held to the highest standards. It is our promise to present ourselves with honor, integrity, professionalism, respect, and we will do all of this without bias.
Over the past few years, we have seen calls for nationwide police reform. While not everyone agrees on everything, at a minimum we will strive to understand different points of view, different cultures and different life choices. In return, we hope residents, businesses and visitors understand us.
S: Safety at school
The safety of our children at JH McGaugh Elementary School will ALWAYS be one of our highest priorities. In 2022, we will be holding a town hall on Safe Schools and will continue to work closely with Dr. Gates and his McGaugh staff to keep our students safe while they are away from home. We will continue to attend monthly PTA meetings, attend quarterly Los Alamitos Unified School District task force meetings, and continue to staff on-campus police officers when available. Finally, we will conduct realistic emergency drills on school grounds, to ensure staff and students know what to do when a public safety emergency response is required on campus.
We believe in increasing our level of education for all Seal Beach Police Department personnel. This includes encouraging staff to continue their formal education, in addition to regularly sending all staff to a variety of law enforcement-based professional development and specialty courses, such as de-escalation training. strength, training on best policing practices, the most recent case law, policing tactics, and policies and procedures.
D: Reduce crime and improve the quality of life for all residents, businesses and visitors
It’s our mission statement, and we stick to it every day. Reducing crime and making people feel safe in this community is the guiding principle of all our actions and decisions.
Last year’s Seal Beach police campaign was titled “CARES” with the department focusing on how to “continue (d) CARING for the Seal Beach community”.