The members of your Los Alamitos Police Department are dedicated to providing the highest degree of professional police services in partnership with the community to make Los Alamitos a better place to live, visit, and conduct business.
The Los Alamitos Police Department values and practices principles embodied in the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing. The members of the Police Department work to create police-community partnerships that proactively address causes of crime as well as other community issues. Basic life principles of respect, trust, courage, honor and loyalty provide the foundation for the service philosophy in Los Alamitos. The Los Alamitos Police Department has a staff of 29 full-time employees, of which 25 are sworn police officers. One of the sworn, a motor officer, fills a grant funded overfill position. Part-time employees include three reserve officers, three police service aides, and ten crossing guards.
The Department is organized into two major divisions: Operations and Support Services. The Operations Division is overseen by a Police Captain and is comprised of patrol and those activities that are directly related to enforcement. In addition to the patrol function, this division encompasses the traffic unit, which includes the motor officer the department received as part of a multi-jurisdictional Office of Traffic Safety Grant. It also includes personnel issues, training, the Reserve Officer Program, Press Releases, and the Detective Bureau, which is responsible for the investigation and follow-up of criminal activities.
The Support Services Division is overseen by a civilian manager and encompasses specific programs and various areas of police functions that are not directly related to regular patrol. This Division includes the Records Bureau, Property and Evidence, Facilities, Emergency Preparedness, administration of the Police Department’s grants and budget, and the Community Outreach Program. The Community Outreach Program, or COP Team, utilizes multi-dimensional and geographical approaches to crime prevention and other issues. Among the specialties incorporated into this program are various neighborhood, school and youth programs, Women’s Self-Defense classes, the Citizens’ Academy, and the Police Bicycle Patrol Unit.