About The Pasadena Police
Pasadena Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency located in the foothills of Southern California. In
addition to having traditional field operations and conducting criminal investigations, the Pasadena Police Department also
has innovative units such as Neighborhood Action Teams and Air Support.
According to the Pasadena Police Department,
“Under the Community Service Policing Program, personnel assigned to the Patrol Section are responsible for responding
to calls for service and working with the community to develop solutions to problems that impact the quality of life in their
respective neighborhoods. In addition to Patrol functions, these duties include the Park Safety Specialists
(PSS), Neighborhood Action Team (NAT), the Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Evaluation Team (HOPE) and the K-9's.
The Pasadena Police Detective
Section is comprised of 50 persons and is supervised by 1 lieutenant, 4 sergeants, and 1 forensic supervisor. There are currently
27 detectives from the Pasadena Police Department assigned to the unit, one arson investigator from the Pasadena Fire Department
and one investigator from the Pasadena Unified School Police augment the Detective Section, as well as 9 forensic specialists.
5 full time staff assistants, one part-time employee and one civilian volunteer are also assigned to the Detective
Section. The Detective Section is responsible for effectively identifying, apprehending, and assisting
in the prosecution of those responsible for crimes. They also analyze crime tends and patterns so as to
proactively intervene with appropriate resources. Detectives are normally assigned to specific types of crimes to investigate.
This allows each Detective to develop an area of expertise, become very proficient and knowledgeable, well developing
professional associations with other Law Enforcement agencies.
The Pasadena Police Department created
a Helicopter Section in 1969. Since that historic day, the department has established itself as a leader in the law enforcement
and aviation community.
The Neighborhood Action Team (NAT)
is a problem-oriented bicycle-policing unit that solves neighborhood problems. The Neighborhood Action
Team strives to be world class and engages the community to mutually solve neighborhood problems and work in partnership with
all the diverse residential and business communities of the city, wherever people live, work, or visit, to enhance public
safety and to reduce the fear and incidence of crime.”