We believe that innovation starts with a “What if…” moment. We encourage the strengths of vision, empowerment, and collaboration possessed within each of our Department members. We find that implementing innovative outreaches to our law enforcement mission produces the best results in both public safety and citizen engagement. These endeavors garner yields from national recognition to corporate partnerships.  We strive for one goal - provide the highest service value to our Hawthorne Community.

Here are our signature Programs & Engagements: 

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coffee with a cop

‘Coffee with a Cop' is our signature program, invented by the Hawthorne Police Department at our local McDonald’s in 2011.  Six years later, and the October 7, 2016, proclamation as ‘National Coffee with a Cop Day’ by the US Department of Justice, our program is now being offered by police agencies in every US state, twelve countries internationally, and is formally the most successful “Community Policing” program in the world. Our Department independently supports, trains and coordinates this program for all police departments free of charge.

Ride to live

‘Ride to Live’  is a motorcycle-driver training class, taught by Department Motor Instructors, offering riders of any skill level the ability to improve his/her riding skills, enhance their safety and control, and learn the techniques taught at law enforcement motor schools. The classes are free of charge and now encompass two different skill competencies. The mission is simple - improve the safety of motorcyclists and traffics safety jointly through skilled training and awareness.


Scottie, HPD’s full-time “Facility Dog”, one of the original pioneer law-enforcement service dogs in the U.S., is assigned to our Community Affairs Unit. Scottie comes to work everyday with a specific mission: Increase community communication, ease the tension of crime victims and children, and maintain department morale. Scottie does it all!


tactical medicINE program

[fade]The Hawthorne Police Department TacMed Program oversees the training, equipment and deployment of medical-based offerings for our Officers. We took this SWAT-inspired focus and formatted it for our Patrol Division Officers - those who are most likely to respond to you first, in time of crisis. ’Tactical First Aid’ was born. The positive results are staggering - life supporting and saving acts performed monthly in the streets of our City. But we didn’t stop there…  We offered out this training focus, training free-of-charge, many of our neighboring police agencies in the South Bay and within LA County, passing on this skill-set success. We aren't done yet…  We have now evolved this training to complement the public sector, bringing real life-saving knowledge to citizens who can immediately address medical need when confronted.[/fade]  


[fade]One of our most successful community programs! An elite partnership between the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy, the Chevrolet Corporation, Coaches Across Continents and your HPD.  You will not find another similar alliance anywhere - ‘HPD Police-Youth Futsal’. Our Officers create a “safe space” for positive interaction as they team up with local youth to learn and play Futsal at Hawthorne Memorial Park. The results are fantastic, teens and Officers alike![/fade]  


[fade]The sad reality of today is that schools, businesses or public congregation spots can now be chosen targets for mass-homicidal attacks.  We are training and preparing Hawthorne-based stakeholders for readiness and survival.  Expert Staff teaches and role-plays our school and private sector partners in real-world scenarios, better their prevention, preparedness and survival.[/fade]  


power project

[fade]The Power Project is an adult-volunteer mentoring group for pre-teen and teenage girls from our Community.  The coordinators, both from the Police Department as well as private-sector industry, meet weekly and address topics that build maturity and life-preparedness in the young ladies, coupled with engagement in rigorous activities such as Ice Hockey and CrossFit. These collaborations make this opportunity to learn early and advance future academic and life-experience opportunities unique!  Our girls also earn community service-hours by helping at various charity /  police-supported events throughout Hawthorne.[/fade] 


[fade]Another first, and one-of-a-kind!  This program brings an opportunity for youth ice hockey to be introduced into the lives of youth living within Hawthorne.  The Hawthorne Force Hockey Program was born out of a partnership between the Hawthorne Police Department and the National Hockey League Players Association’s “Goal’s and Dreams” program.  Now touted as a premier example by of youth collaboration by the NHL, the FORCE youth are coached and mentored by volunteering Officers from our PD.  The program remains sustained through selfless work and Community and corporate donations.[/fade]  

air 55

[fade]Hawthorne’s ‘Air-55’ is the only dedicated municipal police helicopter within the South Bay.  Equipped with state of the art lighting, night-vision and downlink technologies, our two-man Hawthorne crew pilot the MD500E, patrolling the skies of Hawthorne weekly, adding a force-multiplier to our law enforcement officers that cannot be achieved in other ways. AIR55 additionally provides routine critical support-services to our neighboring police agencies during the scope of their work, keeping our region safer and our public safety partnership strong. With this kind of air support above, our patrol officers have an added layer of crime prevention and apprehension capabilities that few other cities possess.[/fade]   



[fade]Progression is the key to success. And our emphasis in looking at contemporary ‘branding’ is just another example.  From the smallest to the largest, from our new issued Badge, all the way up to our phenomenal Police Facility building, standing above and apart is preeminent   Our latest police vehicle graphics do such as a unique design, placing the Hawthorne brand in the forefront, body-wrapped in matted traditional colors. These stylings began as “conversation starters”, now Officers are routinely approached by the Community in positive feedback and photo-seeking with the unit.  [/fade]  


[fade]In our continual search for the next better way, the next innovation to reach our Community, we introduce you to the Mobile Police Center.  This mobile “neighborhood-police-station-on-wheels” will bring us directly to you - to your neighborhood! Conceived by our Officers, derived from grant-funding, this platform will allow our deployment around the City, allowing officers and detectives to come to you, to stay, connect and address issues impacting your neighborhoods, for up to a 24-hour period.[/fade]   


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Our mission:  

"To engage with our Community in innovative and creative ways by implementing the core philosophy of community oriented policing in measurable real-world terms."

The Hawthorne Police Department’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) serves as the focal contact point for a multitude of neighborhood organizations, parent groups, and individuals that want to make a difference in the community. Members of the CAU are out in the community doing education, outreach and helping to organize and plant the seeds of change with regards to making Hawthorne a great place to live, work and play. Whether it’s an anti-drug presentation in the morning, a visit from Scottie the dog in the afternoon or a neighborhood watch meeting in the evening, the CAU is there. Members of the CAU serve as the initial point of non-emergency contact for community questions and concerns. CAU members strive to be accessible and able to offer advice and help people to work together as a community to solve problems.