Letter: Small Town Sheriff

Malibu Times - 02-18

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I’m writing about my unhappiness regarding Lt. Jim Royal’s sudden departure from Malibu. I served on the Malibu Public Safety Commission for 16 years and was witness to the keen knowledge and focus Lt. Royal provided our commission when asked a myriad of questions. Along with his vast expertise on every aspect of law enforcement, he was also extremely knowledgeable about Malibu’s numerous and varying issues that were crime- and public safety-related. Lt. Royal didn’t just listen to our concerns—he found out-of-the-box solutions, something we hadn’t experienced before. It’s not easy to replace someone who was so readily approachable and who knows a community as well as he knows Malibu. For a lieutenant that comes from the largest sheriff’s department in the country, you would never know it, because his demeanor was that of a small town sheriff.