About the Lodi
The Lodi Police Department has 125 full-time employees, including 78 sworn officers, 47 non-sworn
personnel and four part-time officers. Additionally, the department has 108 volunteers in the form of 85 Partners, 15 cadets
and eight chaplains. The Lodi Police Department subscribes to the community policing philosophy and works closely with neighborhood
groups and business owners to promote a safer community. This approach builds on basic policing practices and emphasizes prevention.
The city is divided into three districts that encompass
five patrol beats. This allows Police Officers assigned to a particular district, the ability to get to
know the citizens living there and address crime-related problems by the use of preventative measures.
The General Investigations Unit is responsible for the
thorough investigation of major crimes, including homicide, robbery, rape, child abuse, elder abuse, burglary, forgery, embezzlement,
identity theft, and grand theft. There are four full-time detectives and one part-time detective assigned to G.I.U. along
with a sergeant supervisor.
These specific crimes are assigned to individual detectives who then, working solely or as a team, collect
evidence, secure statements from the involved parties, and then bring the investigation to a close. Detectives
work very closely with the prosecutor’s office.
All of the detectives have ten or more year’s experience as police officers.
The detective special-assignment is rotated amongst the police officer staff with each individual assignment lasting
about five years in duration. Detectives attend specialized schools of instruction dealing with subjects
such as homicide investigation, robbery investigation, sexual assault investigation, etc.
Investigating dirty and unhealthy homes, often times the homes
of drug abusers, has come to the forefront in criminal investigations. The parents of the children living
in these conditions are charged with various forms of neglect, and often receive more sentence time than they receive for
the drug charges.