the San Jose Police Department
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.
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.
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
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.