the Anaheim Police Department
Anaheim Police Department dates back to 1870 when David “Dye” Davies was elected as the first City Marshal. The
population of Anaheim was less then 1,000. Today the city has over 300,000 residents. The Anaheim Police Department employs
400 sworn officers, a support staff of over 173. Currently, the Anaheim Police
Department is organized into four divisions: Investigations Division; Operations Support Division; Operations Division; and,
Special Operations Division.
Detective Division of the Anaheim Police Department is divided into two separate Bureaus: Crimes Persons and Crimes Property.
The specialized Details in the Crimes Persons Bureau consist of Juvenile/Sex Crimes; Robbery/Homicide; Assaults and Forensic
Services. The Crimes Property Bureau handles Residential and Commercial Burglaries, Thefts, Auto Thefts, Economic Crimes and
the service of Arrest Warrants. The Crimes Property Bureau also handles Computer Crimes. Investigators also process crime
scenes forensically, and serve outstanding arrest warrants. In recent years the Forensic Detail has been civilianized. Sworn
Police Investigators no longer process crime scenes; civilian employees have assumed these duties.
personnel detail of the Anaheim Police Department is charged with the responsibility of overseeing and controlling all aspects
of the personnel processing system, including the recruiting, conducting background investigations and processing of applicants
who are seeking to be employed by the Department. The detail acts as a liaison between the City of Anaheim Human Resources
Department and the Police Department.
the direction of the Deputy Chief, and a part of the Bureau of Professional Standards, the detail consists of a Lieutenant,
a Personnel Sergeant, Four Background Investigators, and a Polygraph examiner who are all sworn officers. The detail also
has a Reserve Police Officer who does Background Investigations and an Officer who maintains the web page for the Police Department.
There are also civilian staff members who work alongside the Officers in the detail to screen and hire the most qualified
candidates for the many positions of employment with the Anaheim Police department.
Anaheim Police Polygraph Examiner conducts hundreds of polygraph (or lie detector) examinations each year. In addition to
pre-employment exams, the examiner also assists in criminal investigations, and assists other Orange County Agencies with