Undercover Cops Issued Thousands of Citations This Summer

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Thousands visiting Malibu's beaches on Labor Day 2004

After a summer that saw Malibu’s beaches filled with out-of-towners looking to escape sweltering city quarantine, Lieutenant James Braden of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, Malibu liaison to the station, reported at the Wednesday, Oct. 7, public safety commission meeting that the sheriff’s department staged 12 undercover operations in Malibu this summer. 

“Enforcement efforts were focused on the most popular of the city’s adjacent county and state beaches, its designated beach parking areas, its main canyon roadways and PCH, the city’s main access artery,” the lieutenant wrote in his report. 

The operations netted 2,575 citations for public intoxication, with the lieutenant mentioning Broad Beach as one of the most popular locations for the misdemeanor. This summer also saw 8,520 parking citations, as well as 680 hazardous traffic citations, 83 nonhazardous traffic citations and 35 smoking citations, according to a Lost Hills Station report.