Divisions and Sections

The Department provides law enforcement services throughout the Pasadena community. Through ’Community Service Policing’ each division in the Department is focused on providing: (1) Emergency Response, (2) Assuring the Quality of Life in Pasadena Neighborhoods, including Crime Reduction, and (3) Service to Youth. By using such diverse resources as the Patrol Section, Air Operations Section, K-9 Officers, Homeless Outreach and Psychiatric Evaluation (HOPE) Team, Park Safety, the Safe Schools Team (SST) and the Anti-Crime Team, the Department has the ability to respond to myriad calls for service. As a result, each Section provides distinct services in support of this community policing effort and plays a vital role in the City’s continued economic stability and security.

The Department consists of the following divisions & sections:


The Administration Division (Chief’s Office, Administration Services, and Event Planning) coordinates the activities of all divisions within the Police Department.

Air Operations

Air Operations (Air Ops) provides aerial patrol response to emergency calls for service and traffic monitoring by assisting officers on the ground from its airborne platform.

Community Relations

The Pasadena Police Department’s Community Relations Section is committed to providing the public with an array of annual programs, presentations, and special events intended to serve our diverse community.

Criminal Investigation

The Criminal Investigation Division is responsible for investigations of initial police reports, the investigation of illegal narcotics networks, and combating other prohibited activities.

Field Operations

Field Operations is responsible for responding to calls for service and neighborhood crime prevention. Patrol utilizes a ’Community Service Area’ policing model and specialized units, including Park Safety Specialists, HOPE team, and K-9s, work to support the division’s overall mission.

Support Services

Support Services is responsible for citywide 9-1-1 services, monitoring all radio communication, managing evidence, crime analysis, fleet management, and non-emergency support services.