The Patrol Division is dedicated to providing prompt and exceptional service during times of emergency or crisis to residents and business operators within the city. Patrol conducts the initial investigation of most crimes, addressing quality of life issues and conducting community outreach through numerous Community Oriented Policing initiatives.
Community Oriented Policing through
the District Policing Model
The West Policing Division is comprised of the Westend and Southcoast policing districts, and the East Policing Division is comprised of the Northeast and Southeast policing districts. Both divisions are overseen by a District Commander. The primary purpose of the District Policing model is to address community concerns through a Community Oriented Policing approach where on-going crime trends, community outreach and quality of life issues are addressed in an efficient and effective manner using resources from throughout the organization as well as collaboration with other government agencies, non-profits and businesses. District Commanders and their staff attend meetings throughout the community and partner with Neighborhood Watch captains to remain engaged with the public to the greatest d egree possible
The Field Operations Bureau maintains two regional substations in an effort to enhance our Community Oriented Policing and outreach to the community. The Westend Office has forged a long-standing relationship with the community as well as the non-profit Westend COP board . Several events are held throughout the year such as National Night Out and other programs.
There is also a substation at the Regional Transportation Center. In addition, the Santa Ana Law Enforcement and Fire Training Centerlocated in Centennial Park provides training opportunities for the Police Department and our regional public safety partners. The Jose Vargas Community Affairs Office located in City Hall is open five days a week and is staffed with a Spanish-speaking volunteer who is available to answer any questions community members may have.
Special Enforcement Teams
Specialized units are an important part of the Field Operations Bureau. The teams are responsible for community outreachandenforcementefforts.
The Special Enforcement Teams are managed by the District Commanders and include a Directed Enforcement Teamfor each side of the City, the Civic Center Patrol and the Post Release Community Supervision Unit.
Over the last few years, Santa Ana’s Downtown has become a vital, fast-growing mixed use of business and entertainment venues. There has been a growth in real estate with the development of Downtown lofts near the Artists Village. Santa Ana’s Mounted Unit works in the Downtown area to provide a visible and more personable interaction with the community.
Other specialized units include Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), the Air SupportTeam, Canine Unit, Animal Services, DUI Enforcement Team out of the Traffic Division, and the Hostage Negotiation Team. The Police Plan Check office islocated in City Hall and is responsible for Crime Prevention programs, special events throughout the City, and working with the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control(ABC).
The Homeland Security Division works in partnership with the Anaheim Police Department administering the UASI (Urban Area Security Initiative) grant program which is designed to establish or enhance the urban areas first responder capabilities. Under this program, the Santa Ana Police Department has overseen the funding of several major projects that have benefited the entire Orange County region and, subsequently, the City of Santa Ana.