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About the San Angelo Police Department

The San Angelo Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency with an authorized strength of 159 sworn officers.  As of February 12, 2003, the San Angelo Police Department employed 147 sworn officers.  The two major components of the San Angelo Police Department are the Field Operations and Investigations. 


According to the San Angelo Police Department, “The function of Patrol Division [Field Operations] is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of San Angelo and maintain the public peace. Uniformed officers proactively prevent and deter crime and respond to citizens calls for service. As first responders, the preservation of life and the prevention of injury is the highest priority of the patrol officer. In addition, the patrol officer is responsible for the protections of property, maintenance of public order, prevention of crime, enforcement of laws and ordinances and arrest of law violators. The patrol officer will attend to any complaint, call for service or other duty with courtesy and without unnecessary loss of time.”


The Criminal Investigation Division of the San Angelo Police Department is divided into three units: General Assignment; Fraud/Family; and, Support Services. The Criminal Investigation Division is staffed by a Lieutenant, three Sergeants, seventeen Detectives, four Crime Scene Technicians, two Evidence Technicians and one Crimestoppers Coordinator along with clerical support.  Also assigned to the Criminal Investigations is the Gang Unit.  According to the the San Angelo Police Department, the “Gang Unit has been in existence since the early 1990's, when it was formed to address a growing problem with street gangs. The unit under the control and direction of CID and is staffed by two investigators who are responsible for the investigation of gang related offenses, street level suppression of gang activities, investigations and tracking of known prison gang members and providing training for area law enforcement and citizen groups, such as schools churches and businesses.”




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