Field Services Division
The Orange Police Department's 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 Field Services Division consists of Patrol, Traffic Bureau, Communications Center, Crime Analysis, Bike Unit and H.E.A.R.T (Homeless Education and Resource Team). The Four C's; Character, Commitment, Competency and Communication are the foundation of the Department's guiding principles known as the Five Pillars of Success; Technology, Reduce Crime, Contact Repeat Offenders, Leadership and Professionalism.
The Orange Police Department utilizes the COMPSTAT philosophy to reduce crime by utilizing data to identify crime trends in order to deploy resources in the City of Orange. To learn more about this system, click here.
The Orange Bike Team is assigned to Field Operations with its primary purpose centered around Neighborhood Enhancement. They ride high-performance Specialized mountain bicycles and have a full-time civilian Code Enforcement Officer assigned to their team.
Part of the Bike Team's salary is reimbursed through the Community Development Block Grant Program. This grant provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Officers receive specialized training that allows them to go where cars are unable to travel, allowing them to deal with issues and contact people in hard to reach locations.
In June 2013, the department formed H.E.A.R.T, the Homeless, Engagement, Assistance & Resource Team. The team, with a sergeant, two officers and a clinician from the Orange County Centralized Assessment Team, is meant to develop and implement innovative strategies to effectively respond to transient related calls.
The benefits of a flexible team were apparent right from the start. After the first week's deployment, the team realized that a majority of the homeless contacts involved mentally ill persons. Officers knew they needed additional resources, and so partnered with representatives from Orange County Mental Health and the Centralized Assessment Team to find long term solutions for these individuals.
Part of the H.E.A.R.T. officers’ success involves reuniting the mentally ill/homeless with their families, enabling them to access treatment centers. Collaboration with organizations such as Veteran’s Administration, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Salvation Army and various non-profit and faith- based organizations makes these successes possible.
The Traffic Bureau's is responsible for providing safe and professional service to the community through Education, Enforcement and Engineering. Our Motor Officers ride BMW Motorcycles while performing their duties.
The Traffic Bureau's duties include the investigation of traffic collisions, enforcing traffic laws, parking enforcement, street sweeping compliance and impounded vehicles. In addition to traffic investigations, the Traffic Bureau participates in the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) Grant program. The OTS Grant is designed to educate drivers on the dangers of driving while impaired through Driver's License and Sobriety Checkpoints.
In addition to their normal duties, Motor Officers have the ancillary responsibility of being part o the Major Accident Investigation Team, commonly referred to as M.A.I.T. M.A.I.T. Officers receive specialized training and certification in the investigation and scene reconstruction involving traffic fatalities.
Dispatch answers all incoming 9-1-1 and business calls for police service. They are responsible for correctly routing and prioritizing emergency and routine calls, as well as disseminating vital information to police employees and other appropriate agencies. Dispatch provides support for field officers by coordinating activities and providing information through a complex network of computerized systems.
The Orange Police Department Reserve Officer Program allows individuals to become involved in police work without being full-time police officers. Many of our Reserve Officers have full-time jobs outside of law enforcement.
After completing a Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) academy and a field training program, Level 1 Reserve Officers may perform the same duties as a full-time police officer.
Level 2 and 3 Reserve Officer assignments can include assisting officers in our detention facility. Duties include searching, fingerprinting, photographing, monitoring prisoners, and transporting prisoners to Orange County Jail. Reserve Officers work many special events throughout the year and may work with fill-time officers in the field.
All Reserve are provided with necessary equipment to perform their duties as Reserve Police Officers. Reserve Officers are required to work a minimum of 16 hours per month. Many of our full-time police officers began their careers as Reserve Police Officers. Whether your goal is to become a full-time officer or to serve the community as a Reserve Police Officer, the Reserve Program is a good way to begin.