The Police Department provides law enforcement and policing services to the City of Santa Clara. We have an authorized strength of 147 sworn officers, 74 civilian employees and approximately 30 reserves. The Police Department responds to approximately 50,000 calls for service each year. The Police Department has an annual budget of approximately $31M. Our Annual Report is available online.
The department is divided into three divisions. The Field Operations Division (Patrol) responds to the vast majority of calls for service and is made up of patrol teams, a motorcycle traffic unit, traffic and hit-and-run investigators, community service officers, parking control and abandoned vehicle abatement personnel and the Special Enforcement Team. Also under Field Operations is the Reserve Police Officer program, who are sworn volunteer officers who assist the department in our policing duties. The Community Policing sergeant and the Northside Police Facility officers are also assigned to this division.
The Investigations Division (Detective Bureau) is responsible for the majority of follow up investigations, especially for major crimes. Investigators are assigned by type of crime, which includes homicide, assaults, robbery, theft, burglary, financial crimes and juvenile crimes.
The Records Unit is also part of the Investigations Division.
The Administrative Services Division is made up of the Chief’s Office, Evidence, Temporary Holding Facility, Warrants, Communications, and the Community Services Unit (CSU). CSU’s responsibilities include Neighborhood and Business Watch, Crime Prevention, Permits and School Services such as DARE, School Resource Officers and Crossing Guards.
The City has a population of approximately 118,830. For more information on the City, please use the link at the bottom of this page.