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 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 2015, there were 94,644 calls for service (56,757 Police; 27,583 Self-Initiated Police Calls for Service; 10,304 Fire) dispatched through the Communications Center.

The Department is divided into three 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. 

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. The Special Events and Homeland Security Unit 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.

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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