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Weaponless Control: For Law Enforcement and Security Personnel
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About the Huntington Beach Police Department

The Huntington Beach Police Department is made up of more than 220 sworn police officers and over 120 civilian employees. Their careers range from Patrol, Detectives, Jail and Parking Control Officers to civilian positions such as Records Clerks, Dispatchers and C.S.I Investigators to name a few.  These individuals are responsible for protecting over 194,000 residents and 11 million visitors to Huntington Beach every year. All 32 square miles of the city and 8.5 miles of beaches are patrolled by the police department using cars, quads, motorcycles, and helicopters. The Huntington Beach Police Department employees are committed to serving the community with honor.


The Huntington Beach Police Department is organized into three divisions: Investigation Division; Uniform Division; and, Administrative Operations Division. Each division is made up of bureaus which have distinct duties to respond to the needs of the citizens and the Department.


The Administrative Operations division is headed by a Captain. This division is responsible for the Communications Bureau, Personnel Bureau, Support Services Bureau, and Budget Bureau. Communications encompasses the 9-1-1 center for the police department. Personnel are responsible for the testing and hiring of employees at the department. Support Services consists of the Training unit, the Alarm office, and the support services unit responsible for vehicle, computer, and building maintenance. The budget bureau involves both payroll and accounting.


The Uniform Division of the Huntington Beach Police Department is headed by a Captain. It, like most municipal and many state and county law enforcement agencies, is the largest of the three divisions and has the greatest number of personnel assigned to it. There are officers assigned to the Uniform Division. Within the Uniform Division is the Patrol Bureau, Traffic/Aero Bureau, and Special Enforcement Bureau. The Patrol Bureau is the most visible unit and consists of the officers seen in police cars, on foot beats, and on the beach quads. Patrol officers are assigned geographical areas known as beats. The city is broken down into 12 beats to allow sufficient coverage 24 hours a day. This assignment is for an entire deployment which allows the officer to become familiar with and address community problems. The Traffic/Aero Bureau consists of motorcycle officers, helicopter operations, parking control officers, and the crossing guard details. The Special Enforcement Bureau is made up of officers assigned to Directed Enforcement, Special Enforcement (such as Downtown Main Street or Bella Terra areas), Neighborhood Enhancement, and the Neighborhood Watch and Volunteer programs.


The Investigations Division of the Huntington Beach Police Department is also headed by a captain.  This division is comprised of General Investigations, Records, Jail, and Narcotics/Vice/Intelligence. The General Investigations Bureau is broken down into three units: Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Property, and Bunco-Forgery. Each unit handles the investigation of crimes relevant to their assignment. The Crimes Against Property unit is also responsible for the Property unit, which maintains control of all evidence and property booked at the department, and the Scientific Investigation Unit, which consists of fingerprint technicians, a criminialist, and the police photo/imaging specialist. The Records unit maintains reports, is responsible for subpoena/warrants, handles word processing/transcription services, and offers counter services, such as vehicle releases, report requests, and fingerprinting. The Jail is responsible for the booking/release of detainees, the housing of pre-trial arrestees, and inmate workers. The Narcotics/Vice/intelligence Bureau is responsible for the investigation of crimes involving narcotics, gangs, prostitution, and terrorism among other duties.




Jeff Cope retired from the Huntington Beach Police Department after 29 years as a Lieutenant in charge of the Investigation Bureau. He is a POST Master Instructor and is Program Manager for the POST Institute of Criminal Investigation Instructor Development Program and is a consultant and expert witness specializing in Force Issues, Police Practices and related topics. He has taught at the Criminal Justice Training Center at Golden West College for 22 years and also teaches in the ICI Instructor Update Workshop  Jeff Cope is the author of Weaponless Control: For Law Enforcement and Security Personnel.

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