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El Cajon Police Department (California)

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Kevin LaChapelle

El Cajon Police Department 

The El Cajon Police Department is structured into a number of divisions, covering such areas as Patrol, Traffic Enforcement, Animal Control, Records, Investigations, Reserves and various volunteer groups.


The patrol division provides the fundamental base for all law enforcement services. Officers meet crime face to face in a wide range of situations. Approximately 60 uniformed officers and 10 supervisors work around the clock, seven days a week. A lieutenant watch commander heads each shift.


Officers are typically assigned to be by themselves in a police car but occasionally there will be two officers working together in a vehicle. Officers are assigned to patrol a specific geographic area called a "beat". The city is divided into five beats. The officers work throughout the city but are responsible for handling all crimes within their beat. The officer’s work a particular beat for a period of time in order to become familiar with the area and any concerns specific to the beat


According to the El Cajon Police Department, “The El Cajon Police Department has a history of working with the community to create a safe environment for those who live, work and visit our city.  By teaming with community organizations and proactively addressing current crime trends, the Special Enforcement Division (SED) works on a daily basis to enhance the quality of life for all members of our community.”




Selected book by an El Cajon Police Department police officer.

Please God, Don't Let My Badge Tarnish
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