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

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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 216 full-time employees (149 sworn officers and 67 civilians) and varying number of part-time or per diem employees, community volunteers, Police Reserves and Chaplains.  The Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Police Department budget is $62,708,994.

The Police Department oversees the Communications Center which receives and processes emergency and non-emergency calls for the Police and Fire Departments. In 2017, the City of Santa Clara Communications Center fielded 167,821 phone calls. Of these, 76,319 resulted in police calls for service (53,865 Police calls for service; 22,454 police officer self-initiated activity) and 10,097 in fire calls for service.

The Department is divided into four Divisions.

Field Operations Division

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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