Special Units

Street Crime Unit

The Street Crime Unit is responsible for the suppression of street level crimes, specifically gang and youth violence. Street Crime Unit is also monitors serious habitual offenders and serves as the Special Weapons and Tactics Team. SES conducts monthly in-home visits with those on parole and probation, ensures they are abiding by regulations, and offers referral services to improve their quality of life. As part of the Pasadena/Altadena Parole Re-Integration Council, the Police Department continues to collaborate with nonprofit entities to find employers and innovative programs to increase job opportunities for all citizens including those released from prison.

  • Comprised of the department’s SWAT Team, Neighborhood Action Team (Bicycle Unit), and Gang Unit.
  • Responds to critical incidents including hostage and barricaded suspect(s) situations
  • Monitors and conducts enforcement related to gang activity
  • Responds to street level drug activity

Fugitive Apprehension

  • Works with other law enforcement agencies and the United States Marshall’s Office to apprehend dangerous fugitives at large.

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit conducts investigations that specifically arrests local, State and Federal fugitives with outstanding warrants for crimes of violence, drugs, sex offenses, and other criminal activities. This effort effectively decreases the number of fugitives wanted for crimes in Pasadena. The San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Team is a multiagency taskforce that promotes coordinated law enforcement efforts and addresses emerging criminal justice issues in the San Gabriel Valley as well as other areas that have a nexus to property and career criminal investigations. The goal is toinvestigate and prosecute individuals who organize, direct, finance, or otherwise engage in burglary, robbery, theft and other major crimes throughout the San Gabriel Valley. The team uses short and long-term investigations to focus on eradication of criminal activity related to property and violent crimes. The team also maintains awareness of State of California Assembly Bill (AB) 109 (Early Prisoner Release) individuals on probation.

Special Investigations

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) focuses on the enforcement of narcotics and vice related laws, which includes monitoring and formulating covert enforcement actions in support of this goal. SIU works closely with the Planning and Permitting Division to balance efficient and effective regulatory requirements while maintaining high quality community standards.

  • Conducts major narcotics investigations
  • Investigates Vice/Prostitution complaints


The Special Investigation Unit’s primary focus is on mid-to-major level narcotic dealers and distributors. These are individuals who sell quantities of drugs to others and include the transportation of narcotics in vehicles. Even though most of our resources are used building cases on individuals in this category, we also spend time on smaller street level dealers that require covert surveillance. Sometimes other techniques are needed such as utilizing undercover officers to purchase drugs from problem locations or buying drugs from individuals who sell narcotics at the street level.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I report narcotic or vice related activity in my neighborhood?

For activity that is occurring now, please call the Pasadena Police Department ‘s main phone number at (626) 744-4241.

To provide confidential information for vice or narcotic activity call the SIU direct voice mail at (626) 744-TIPS.

What are some warning signs of possible drug abuse? 

  • Evidence of narcotics and drug paraphernalia (smoking pipes, needles, rolling papers, bongs, etc.)
  • Physical changes (red eyes, rapid weight loss or weight gain, needle marks, and bruising)
  • Disassociation from family and change of friends
  • Depression, aggression and hostility
  • Lack of interest in personal and professional life
  • Change in grooming habits, eating habits and sleeping habits

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