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Robin Burcell

About the Lodi Police Department 

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.




Selected books by a Lodi Police Department police officer.

Cold Case
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Every Move She Makes
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