the Costa Mesa Police Department
Costa Mesa Police Department is organized into four divisions: Administration Technical Services; Field Operations; and, Support
Services. The Administration Division is responsible for the department's overall direction and planning with input from other
divisions, provides advice to the City Manager and City Council on public safety issues; directs the department budget and
financial planning; oversees the department's Volunteer Program and Citizens Academy through the Crime Prevention/Community
Relations Bureau; and coordinates press information distribution to the local media.
Technical Services Division is responsible for the support functions in the department, including but not limited to Records,
Crime Scene Investigation, Photographic Services, Training and Recruitment, Property and Evidence, Custody and Court Liaison
Services, Building and Equipment Maintenance. This division is also responsible for all police department 24-hour computer
related activities associated with the city's public safety computer system.
Field Operations Division The Field Operations Division is responsible for Field Area Policing (Patrol) coordinating Community-Oriented
Policing services; Gang and Special Enforcement; Crowd Control; Special Weapons and Tactics Squad; Traffic Enforcement; Contract
and Special Event Policing; provides DARE services to local schools; and Animal Control services.
Animal Control Section is responsible for the regulation, control, and prevention of rabies in the wild and domesticated animal
population of the City. It is further responsible for the impoundment of animals found at large or unlicensed and the enforcement
of those laws and ordinances applying to animals within the City.
Control provides service to the community on a routine basis ten hours a day, with twenty-four-hour emergency service.
Support Services Division is responsible for the Detective Bureau, which conducts follow-up investigations, prepares criminal
matters for prosecution, and processes juvenile offenders. Support Services also provides helicopter patrol through participation
in Airborne Law Enforcement (ABLE), and provides internal investigation services through the Professional Standards Unit.