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Our mission is to perform our law enforcement duties with innovative leadership, accountable to the people we serve, in order to ensure their safety and improve the quality of life in our diverse community.
The Supportive Services Division provides personnel, training, fiscal affairs, crime prevention, and facility maintenance functions.
The Investigative Services Division investigates and prepares cases for a successful prosecution by the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Each unit focuses on specific types of crimes.
Our most visible personnel, the Field Services Division consists of uniformed personnel who are primary responders when we get calls for service. There are several specialized units, including the Bike Team, Canine Unit, Homeless Engagement Assistance and Resource Team (HEART), SWAT Team, and Traffic Bureau.
Welcome to the Orange Police Department. My name is Tom Kisela and I’m humbled and honored to serve as the 34th Chief of Police for the City of Orange. Our community can be very proud of the men and women who commit themselves to providing the best service while striving to reduce crime and make Orange one of the safest cities in which to live and work.
Orange is one of the most prominent and diverse cities in California. We are the sixth largest city in Orange County, and one of only a few that will experience continued growth and expansion beyond our current geographical size and population. Regardless of our size, our goal is to remain at the forefront of reducing crime while remaining engaged with the community and working together to solve issues. I want to build upon the strategic partnerships already developed with our residents and businesses while enhancing our communication through various platforms.
The Orange Police Department takes pride in our strong community relationship. Our mission is to perform our law enforcement duties with innovative leadership, accountable to the people we serve, in order to ensure their safety and improve the quality of life in our diverse community. To ensure we maintain that relationship and hire quality professionals, we go beyond the POST (Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training) hiring guidelines to select quality men and women reflective of our community.
The Orange Police Department serves a diverse and growing community with a present population of approximately 139,000 residents. Our jurisdiction covers nearly 27 square miles and is bordered by Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim, and Santiago Canyon. Orange is easily accessed by the 91, 55, 57, 22, and 5 freeways. In addition, the Eastern Transportation Corridor runs along the city's eastern boundary.
Our 60,000 square foot facility is situated in the center of the city. This facility was first occupied in November 1990 and has since seen its share of changes. We have acquired state-of-the-art technology with the goal of providing our employees with the tools needed to effectively and efficiently perform their jobs. We are continually evaluating new technology and tools to help us provide the community with the best service possible.
In August 2004, we implemented a strategy to encourage every employee to pursue excellence in law enforcement.
This is the foundation of our efforts to make Orange the safest city in the county.
The COMPSTAT model of crime reduction was introduced to the Orange Police Department in 2005 to assist in achieving our goal of becoming the safest city in Orange County. While COMPSTAT was developed in New York City, our use of this process has been tailored to satisfy the needs of our department and community. The full benefit of COMPSTAT will take several years to achieve, however we are already beginning to realize the success of this crime fighting strategy and organizational approach. Our ultimate goal is to make Orange, already a wonderful place to live and work, an even safer city.
The department's management staff attends monthly COMPSTAT meetings where crime trends are analyzed. Based on the information presented, we develop plans and rapidly deploy resources. The COMPSTAT process enhances communication between divisions of the department and increases accountability.