Captain Nick Nicholas has been with the Seal Beach Police Department since 2010. He has served in various assignments, including most recently as the Support Services Bureau Captain, where he oversees Parking and Animal Control Services. He previously served as the City’s Public Information Officer. Captain Nicholas also worked as a patrol watch commander, field training officer, terrorism liaison officer, explorer post advisor, homeless liaison officer, beach/bike patrol officer, and was assigned as the Department's Narcotics Detective. He is recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as a Drug Recognition Expert and is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician. Captain Nicholas holds a master’s degree in Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. He is also the Department’s Police Facility Dog Handler and works every day with his partner K-9 Yosa.
When Captain Nicholas initially joined the police force, he never harbored any aspirations of becoming a part of the City's parking management. However, as Captain Nicholas advanced through his career, a surprising shift occurred, and he developed a profound fascination for the intricacies of parking management. His introduction to the world of parking began with his involvement in SWPTA, an organization that played a pivotal role in shaping his expertise. The connections Captain Nicholas forged within SWPTA, encompassing industry professionals, vendors, and representatives from other municipalities, proved invaluable in his journey to successfully manage the City's parking program. Now, Captain Nicholas is eager to give back to SWPTA, recognizing the importance of this community in his parking industry journey.
Join SWPTA in Durango, Colorado, April 1-3, 2024. The Program provides an overview of best practices established by frontline parking enforcement personnel. The program covers the history of policing and enforcement and explores Routine Activity Theory in relation to parking enforcement. We will delve into the multifaceted role of parking enforcement, encompassing enforcement, community caretaking, and acting as ambassadors for the agency. The importance of meeting community expectations, such as professionalism, courtesy, and adherence to civility principles, is highlighted.