The City of Palos Verdes Estates is pleased to announce the appointment of Luke Hellinga as the new Chief of Police. Chief Hellinga’s appointment announcement is the result of a thorough recruitment process, conducted with the assistance of  Bob Murray and Associates.

“I am deeply humbled to have been chosen as the Chief of the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department,” said Luke Hellinga. “I eagerly anticipate the future, filled with progress and momentum. The trust that has been placed in me by the men and women of the police department, the City Manager, the elected officials, and the community members is a responsibility I do not take lightly. I am committed to building upon the department’s longstanding foundation of community service and ensuring public safety at the highest level.”

Luke Hellinga’s career with the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department began as a police intern in 2001, later becoming a police dispatcher and jailer. In 2005, he graduated from the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy. Throughout his tenure with the City, Hellinga has held various roles including Patrol Officer, Detective, Supervisor and Captain of both the Support and Patrol divisions. He has also served as Acting Chief of Police.  Luke was born and raised in the South Bay and has deep roots in the community. He is a second-generation police officer, following in the footsteps of his father, who had a long career with the Redondo Beach Police Department.

“Chief Hellinga brings diplomatic leadership to the City of Palos Verdes Estates, as seen through his successful tenure and established relationships with City Council, staff, community members, and neighboring agencies,” shared Interim City Manager Kerry Kallman. “These factors are expected to facilitate a seamless transition in the department and facilitate PVEPD’s continued excellence in service to our community.”

Hellinga’s extensive training includes POST Executive Development Course, Internal Affairs Investigation, Public Information Officer, SWAT School and an FBI course on media management for law enforcement. He has also been a member of the South Bay Regional DUI Task Force and Special Enforcement Team. Academically, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.

“Chief Hellinga has shown unwavering commitment to the department and to the community. Under his leadership, our police force will continue to prioritize safety, comfort and tranquility in our community,” said Mayor Pro Tem Victoria Lozzi.  “With a steadfast commitment to professionalism, integrity and discipline, our City continues to uphold the highest law enforcement standards.”

As Chief of Police, Hellinga will oversee a team of 35 staff members, five reserves, and 10 volunteers, managing a budget of $7.3 million for the fiscal year. This allocation represents the city’s single biggest investment in the community.

Chief Hellinga assumes his new role immediately. A formal ceremony and reception will be held at the June 25 City Council meeting to celebrate his appointment.