Field Operations



The Field Operations Bureau, under command of Deputy Chief David Valentin, is the largest and most visible component of the Santa Ana Police Department. The Field Operations Bureau is comprised of the Patrol, Traffic and the Homeland Security Divisions and a number of specialized units who serve the community as first responders to a myriad of field incidents. The men and women assigned to the Field Operations Bureau take pride in serving our residents, businesses and visitors through a Community Oriented Policing philosophy using the Department’s Mission, Vision and Values as guiding principles.


The mission of the Field Operations Bureau is to ensure the safety and security of all people in Santa Ana. Our mission is accomplished by providing responsive and professional public safety services to the community, utilizing a combination of a problem solving approach in partnership with community members through prevention and traditional, suppression and apprehension strategies. These combined strategies complement one another to eliminate or reduce the impact of entrenched community problems. The Field Operations Bureau, which serves as the field services delivery foundation of the Santa Ana Police Department, is committed to providing the highest level of service with dignity and respect. The men and women of the Field Operations Bureau place themselves in harm’s way, potentially each and every day, to keep residents, visitors and businesses safe.

Under operational command of Deputy Chief Valentin, the Bureau is organized into three major divisions: