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Two Seal Beach PD Officers selected to join Community Oriented Policing team

Two Seal Beach Police Officers were selected to join the Community Oriented Policing (“COP”) Team.

Officers Kendra Owen and Ben Jaipream have been selected as the Seal Beach Police Department’s two newest Community Oriented Policing officers. During the busy summer months this two-officer team will be patrolling throughout the city, Main Street, and the beach area in anticipation of the increased crowds and summer activity. The team will be deployed from Memorial Day through the Labor Day weekend.

The two officers selected for this assignment were chosen because of their proactivity and dedication to the City of Seal Beach. Their primary objective will be to help keep the most trafficked areas of Seal Beach safe by being a uniformed presence and by preventing crimes. The officers will patrol on foot, in cars, on bicycles, and in off-road vehicles.

Officer Kendra Owen began her career in law enforcement with the Los Alamitos Police Department in 2009. She has worked in Patrol, Investigations, as a Field Training Officer and as a Corporal. In 2019 she lateraled to the Seal Beach Police Department where she has been assigned to Patrol Operations.

Officer Ben Jaipream began his law enforcement career with the Westminster Police Department in 2004. He worked various assignments including Patrol, Special Investigations, Narcotics, Gangs, and served on the multi-jurisdictional West County SWAT Team. In 2017, he lateraled to the Seal Beach Police Department. He is currently assigned to Patrol Operations, Field Training Officer, Explorer Advisor, Peer Support, TLO, and Special Enforcement Teams. Officer Jaipream rejoined the West County SWAT Team and is currently a Team Leader on one of the tactical elements.

“Because of our beautiful beaches, popular Main Street, and excellent weather, we normally see a large increase in tourists to our city,” said Seal Beach Police Chief Philip Gonshak. “Unfortunately this increase in population also creates an upward trend in criminal activity. By dedicating these two officers to patrol our busiest areas, our mission will be to drive down crime and improve the quality of life for residents, visitors, and businesses.”

Although the COP Team will deploy from the Police Substation at the base of the pier, they will respond to emergencies throughout the city and address quality of life issues in all neighborhoods. They will also act as liaisons between the Police Department and businesses, and will participate in community education events.

During the non-summer months, the COP Team will be assigned as liaisons to McGaugh Elementary School, conduct directed enforcement for specific Vehicle and Penal Code sections, host community meetings, and to work with the Chamber of Commerce. The COP Team members will also be assigned as Quality of Life officers and will help connect community members in need to various resources.

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This article was released by the Seal Beach Police Department.