Pismo Beach police chief to retire this summer

mfountain@thetribunenews.comFebruary 18, 2014 

Pismo Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Norton

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After more than 30 years in law enforcement, Pismo Beach police Chief Jeffrey Norton announced Tuesday that he will retire effective July 29.

“Chief Norton has served this community with distinction and while we are sorry to see him retire we celebrate this milestone with him and honor the many things he has accomplished in his career with Pismo Beach,” City Manager Jim Lewis wrote in a news release.

Norton oversees a staff of 34, including 23 sworn police officers, and manages a budget of more than $5 million, according to the city.

In addition, he has worked to retain the department’s accreditation from the national Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Pismo Beach is only the fifth municipal police department in the state, and the only department in San Luis Obispo County, to earn such accreditation.

Norton began his career with the Grover Beach Police Department in 1983, transferring to Pismo Beach in 1992 as a sergeant. Norton has worked as a field training officer, detective, administrative sergeant and SWAT commander.

He was also an instructor at the Allan Hancock College Police Academy for more than 20 years and trained more than a thousand police officers in arrest and control tactics, according to the city.

In a statement, Norton said, “I will be forever thankful for the support the community has shown me and the police department. At the end of the day, a police department can only be as effective as the strong community support it receives. While I am proud of our many accomplishments as a department, I am most proud of the outstanding reputation this agency has in the community.”

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