601 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 615-4700

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Police Department

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Policemen outside Police StationThe Police Department provides law enforcement and policing services to the City of Santa Clara. We have an authorized strength of 239 full-time employees (159 sworn officers and 80 civilians) and varying number of part-time or per diem employees, community volunteers, Police Reserves and Chaplains. The Fiscal Year 2018/19 Police Department budget is $68.6 million.

"The Mission of the Santa Clara Police Department is to always provide quality police service to the public. Working together, and in partnership with the community, we will identify and resolve problems utilizing all available resources. We will perform this service professionally and with integrity."

The Police Department oversees the Communications Center which receives and processes emergency and non-emergency called for the Police and Fire Departments. In 2018, the City of Santa Clara Communications Center fielded 177,881 phone calls. Of these, 83,781 resulted in police calls for service (58,912 Police calls for service; 24,869 police officer self-initiated activity) and 9,238 in fire calls for service.


The Department is divided into four Divisions. The Field Operations Division (Patrol) responds to the vast majority of calls for service and is made up of patrol teams, a motorcycle traffic unit, traffic and hit-and-run investigators and parking control and abandoned vehicle abatement personnel. The Reserve Police Officer program and the Temporary Holding Facility is also managed by the Field Operations Division.

Investigations Division

The Investigations Division (Detective Bureau) is responsible for the majority of follow up investigations, especially for major crimes. Investigators are assigned by type of crime, which includes homicide, assaults, robbery, theft, burglary, financial crimes, arson and juvenile crimes. The Records Unit is also part of the Investigations Division.

Special Operations Division

The Special Operations Division serves as the liaison between the City and outside agencies for special event permits (e.g. walk/run, parade, festival, etc.), provides security support for dignitary visits and demonstrations, and develops operational orders for the law enforcement, traffic and neighborhood protection needs associated with Levi's Stadium.

Administrative Services Division

The Administrative Services Division is made up of the Chief’s Office, Property and Evidence, the Communications Center and the Community Services Unit (CSU). CSU’s responsibilities include Neighborhood and Business Watch, Crime Prevention, Permits and School Services such as DARE, School Resource Officers and Crossing Guards.

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