La Jolla welcomes new police lieutenant

By Pat Sherman

Mike Hastings has joined San Diego Police’s Northern Division as a service area lieutenant, overseeing the beach areas from La Jolla Shores south to Mission Bay. Hastings, who has been with SDPD for more than 20 years, first served at Northern Division in 1996 as a patrol officer, and later as a detective sergeant covering Clairemont.

“This is actually my third tour at Northern Division,” Hastings told members of the La Jolla Shores Association, during its Sept. 12 meeting. “I just can’t tell you how great it is to be a service area lieutenant in a place where I pushed a police car, because I’ve been able to see things from different perspectives,” he said.

Hastings began his career with SDPD in 1991 as a reserve officer, going on to graduate from the regional police academy in 1994 with officer Omar Sinclair, who also is stationed at Northern Division, servicing La Jolla.

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Hastings also ran a homicide team, and worked in the domestic violence unit and internal affairs.

“I work for all of you,” Hastings said. “Everybody has a boss in life and all of you are my boss, and so your priorities have to be our priorities — and they will be.”

Hastings can be reached at (858) 552-1706 or mhastings@ He said he will do his best to return calls within a 24-hour period.

—Staff reports