Update: Private Security Patrol Research Findings

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18 months ago, a number of South Shores residents made a request to the South Shores Community Association (previously known as the South Shores Homeow
ners Association) to determine whether a private security patrol program for South Shores could be a feasible and sustainable concept.

As a non-profit organization, SSCA has neither promoted nor endorsed a private security patrol program. Instead, the objective and impartial research of SSCA’s ad hoc committee sought to gather the facts to answer such fundamental questions as:

  1. To what extent are South Shores residents in favor of such a program?
  2. What is involved in installing such a program?
  3. What are the costs and how many residents are willing to pay for this service?

SSCA studied a similar private security patrol service operating in a 2,000 home area in Santa Monica since 1984. This model is still in operation under the direction of the Santa Monica Protective Association. SMPA’s President and Operations Manager Derek Johnson has been an invaluable resource in providing information for this research.

SSCA also met, traveled with and obtained bids from 3 private security patrol companies, Black Knight Patrol from San Pedro, ADT Patrol Service in Torrance, and Southwest Patrol based in Diamond Bar.

Last spring, SSCA conducted a community focus group meeting, followed by a well-attended Towne Hall meeting in March and the formation of a volunteer group in May.

SSCA’s ad hoc committee has completed its fact-finding mission and presents the following conclusions to its members. A private security patrol service can be a viable and sustainable concept under certain conditions:

  1. A new volunteer organization, operating separately from SSCA, would need to be established for this program to be pursued further. This step is necessary in order for SSCA, a non-profit organization, to maintain its neutrality and focus on its central mission of improving South Shores’ quality of life in a broader sense. This mission includes expansion of SSCA’s activities in the social-informational sphere, CyberWatch, and community advocacy.
  2. SSCA would not be involved in any future oversight or functional role as it relates to the new organization. SSCA has completed its fact finding mission and must now return to its central mission described above.
  3. The new security patrol organization of South Shores volunteers, under the direction of Derek Johnson as Operations Manager, would need to establish itself as a legal 501(c)4 non-profit entity and form a Board of Directors to administer all aspects of the private security patrol program for South Shores. These include a Board of Directors oversight, including a Treasurer responsible for administration of funds through dues collected and expenses incurred.

patrol vehicle at night

To test the potential willingness of South Shores residents to fund the security patrol program through payment of annual dues, Mr. Derek Johnson has formed a group of South Shores volunteers to advance this effort.

At this stage, Derek and his team have been conducting a door-to-door campaign obtaining pledges from residents willing to finance this program. To date, the team is a few dozen pledges short of the participation threshold needed to start the patrol program.

Mr. Johnson informs us that the volunteer team is working on a mailer to reach out to the remaining 900 South Shores households and obtain a more complete picture of South Shores willingness to participate. The cost of this mailing would be funded by those residents who have voiced strong support for the program and are willing to underwrite this part of the effort.

All further questions about the security patrol program and its future may be directed to Mr. Derek Johnson at southshorespatrol@gmail.com.


SSCA 15th Annual Reception Scrapbook
Record attendance!

  • Early morning planning for the event.
  • Michelle, Lucrecia, and Mike set up tables.
  • Greeters Vern and Joyce.
  • Lucrecia, JoAnn, Michelle, and Rose.
  • Michelle and Annette with bruschetta.
  • Preparing the pizza oven with hot flames.
  • Chef John loads the oven.
  • Our host, John Jacobson, assists at the oven.
  • Sr. Lead Officer Winter is shown the fine art of pizza making by chef John.
  • Jerry and Dave serving beverages.
  • Neighbors enjoying wood-fired pizza at table.
  • Neighbors getting to know neighbors.
  • Music by The Rumble.
  • Rich Scandaliato addresses group.
  • Door prize winner picks the next winner's ticket.
  • Rich Welsh congratulates another door prize winner.
  • Neighbors enjoying neighbors.
  • President Scandaliato addresses guests.
  • Board members
  • Our hostess, Lucrecia, bids us farewell.

Dear South Shores residents,

I’m pleased to announce that the South Shores Community Association’s Annual Members Reception was an outstanding success.

A record number of 165 SSCA members were in attendance. Most seemed to agree this year’s event was the best of the past 15.

Many thanks to our hosts John and Lucrecia Jacobson for so graciously providing their beautiful home and spectacular ocean view grounds for this remarkable occasion.

Chef John Lang’s unique pizza menu combinations of potatoes, figs, tomatoes, olives and delectable cheeses were all a big hit. Host John Jacobson assisted at the wonderful outdoor oven. Other tasty dishes and desserts were prepared by JoAnn Scandaliato, Michelle Sheridan, Annette Brodsky, Rose Zatz, and Terri Poste. Wine, beer and other beverages were served up by Dave Billings and Jerry Gaines.

Music from the 5 piece band, “The Rumble” added perfect atmosphere to this very special day. This same talented group performs at the Corner Store each Saturday afternoon.

Among our guests were LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn and South Shores new Senior Lead Officer Paul Winter. Officer Winter and SSCA VP Bob Genest spoke about CyberWatch and its impact on crime prevention in South Shores.

Thanks to all those who worked on planning and helping making this event successful. Specifically, these include SSCA Board Members Richard Welsh, our Social Chair, John Lang, Annette Brodsky, Vern and Joyce Hall, Mike Harper, Dave Billings, Jerry Gaines, and Bob Genest, whose photos of the reception appear here.

If you attended and had as great a time as we all did, tell your neighbors about your South Shores Community Association. Tell them how SSCA works to preserve South Shores quality of life through advocacy, security and information.

And, of course, tell them how SSCA brings neighbors together at events like this Annual Members Reception. Show them the pictures on this website.

Maybe we’ll see them AND you next year!


Richard Scandaliato
President, South Shores Community Association.