Malibu is a unique land and marine environment and residential community whose citizens have historically evidenced a commitment to sacrifice urban and suburban conveniences in order to protect that environment and lifestyle, and to preserve unaltered natural resources and rural characteristics. The people of Malibu are a responsible custodian of the area’s natural resources for present and future generations. The Public Safety Department is comprised of emergency preparedness and public safety programs. Law enforcement, fire, beach lifeguards, and animal control services are provided by the County of Los Angeles on a contract basis. The general mission of the Public Safety Department is to preserve life and property, protect against fires, reduce the incidence of criminal activity, mitigate traffic accidents and traffic violations, and enhance safety within the community. Public schools in Malibu are part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. In addition to the high school and middle school which share a campus, Malibu has three public elementary schools.