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Operations Information
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Nick Davenport
Operations Lieutenant

2745 Walnut Avenue
Signal Hill, CA  90755

Ph: 562-989-7210
Fx: 562-492-5908

Tuesday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Patrol Bureau encompasses the largest group of sworn personnel in the department. The operations captain, who oversees all sworn personnel, commands the Patrol Bureau. Patrol operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is comprised of four shifts, each supervised by a watch commander. The watch commander is in charge of the officers in the field, the communications center, and the jail.


Patrol officers generally work in full uniform and operate marked black and white police vehicles. Officers are responsible for enforcing municipal, state, and federal laws.

Patrol officers are usually the first to respond to public emergency and non-emergency calls for service. The officers conduct proactive criminal law enforcement and are responsible for the initial investigation of crimes. Between calls for service, officers maintain high visibility, conducting preventative patrol, self-initiated activities, and problem solving. They also enforce traffic laws, which helps to reduce traffic collisions.

Community Involvement

Patrol officers are usually the first contact citizens have with the Police Department. The citizens usually get a lasting impression of the department from these initial contacts. The department wishes to make that impression a positive one and desires to provide a high level of service. The men and women of the Patrol Bureau endeavor to provide courteous, professional, and courageous law enforcement service.

Operations Statistics

During 2009, officers responded to 6,515 calls for service, wrote 4,153 reports, and made 313 felony arrests and 1,514 misdemeanor arrests. From January to May 2010, officers responded to 2,518 calls for service, wrote 1,661 reports, and made 130 felony arrests and 626 misdemeanor arrests.

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