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About the Anaheim Police Department

The 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. 


The 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.


The 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.


Under 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.


The 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 their investigations.




In February of 1974, Harold Bastrup was appointed as the new Chief of the Anaheim Police Department. Hired as an Anaheim Police Patrolman on July 8,1955, Harold Bastrup rose through the ranks of the department to be promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant and Chief. Prior to working for the Anaheim Police Department, Chief Bastrup worked for the Alaska Railroad and the Kenosha Wisconsin Sheriffs' Office.

As Chief of Police, Bastrup brought many changes to the Anaheim Police Department, including the rotating shift system, the organization of the Tactical and Control Team, the end of the use of saps by patrol officers, the establishment of the driver safety award, the start of the annual department Medal of Valor/ Department Awards Program and the implementation of a cautious pursuit policy, a step that brought the Chief a great deal of criticism.

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