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Peace Officer's Guide to Criminal Law: Revised
George T. Payton  More Info
One Thousand Police Questions and Answers
Charles W. and George T.Payton Fricke  More Info
Concepts of California criminal law
George T Payton  More Info
Peace Officer's Promotional Manual
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California criminal law, for the community college student,
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Patrol Procedure and Enforcement Concepts
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Patrol Operations & Enforcement Tactics
George T. Payton  More Info

About the San Jose Police Department

The City of San Jose was incorporated on March 27, 1850 and was selected as the State of California’s first state capital. Shortly after the incorporation, a City Marshal was established.  Today, the San Jose Police Department is a modern police department that employs over 1300 police officers organized in four bureaus, eleven division and more than 35 specialized units. The San Jose Police Department is administered by a command staff including the Chief, Assistant Chief and four Deputy Chiefs, presiding over an Operations Command divided into four Bureaus.


The San Jose Police Department refers to its Patrol Division as “The Bureau of Field Operations” (BFO). BFO is the primary provider of police services for the residents of San Jose. BFO deploys over 1,000 officers to 178 square miles of the City on a 24-hour basis. BFO personnel are prepared to respond to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service in each of the City's sixteen patrol districts, which are further broken down into police “beats.” The sixteen patrol districts comprise four divisions, each containing four districts. Each division is commanded by a Police Captain, who oversees six lieutenants, 24 sergeants, and many officers.


BFO of the San Jose Police Department provides continuous availability of field units to respond to calls for service, provides visible patrol throughout the City, detects and apprehends persons actively involved in criminal activity, recovers and returns lost and stolen property, provides for the safe movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, performs the initial investigation of criminal offenses, and attempts to reduce both immediate and potentially hazardous situations to the community. In addition, The San Jose Police Department BFO provides field narcotics enforcement, downtown (Entertainment Zone) enforcement, gang abatement, youth-oriented services, cruise management, field training of recruit officers, air support, and tactical incident containment and resolution.


BFO staffs three Community Policing Centers, placed in strategic areas of the City, in order to provide additional services to outlying neighborhoods. All BFO programs are continuously analyzed and refined to provide quality police services to the City of San Jose.




George T. Payton Is a former Patrol Sergeant with the San Jose Police Department. He has a B.A. and M.A. from San Jose State University and an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California.  When he left the police department to become Department Chair at a local college, Dr. Payton transferred to the San Jose Police Reserves in order to keep abreast of new developments in the field; he is a lieutenant in that organization. He also organized the first regional Criminal Justice Training Academy in Santa Clara County and established the first Campus Police in San Jose City College.


Dr. George Payton is a veteran of two wars.  He served first in the U.S. Navy and was later commissioned in the military police.  His is the author or co-author of seven books: Peace Officer's Guide to Criminal Law; One Thousand Police Questions and Answers: Concepts of California Criminal law; Peace Officer's Promotional Manual; California Criminal Law, for the Community College Student; Patrol Procedure and Enforcement Concepts; and, Patrol Operations & Enforcement Tactics.


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