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Division & Units

Operations Division

The Modesto Police Department Operations Division is the largest of the three divisions that make up the Modesto Police Department. The Operations Division is responsible for the delivery of police services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Operations Division is staffed by approximately 158 sworn employees consisting of police officers, sergeants, lieutenants and a captain. Support staff is also vital to the Operations Division and includes approximately 40 non-sworn employees comprised of community service officers, police clerks, police assistants, interns, volunteers and an administrative office assistant.

The Operations Division is represented by the dedicated men and women in uniform. They are seen operating patrol cars, police motorcycles, community service trucks, bicycles and horses. When a community member dials 911 seeking help, the members of the Operations Division are the first to respond. The Operations Division responded to over 150,000 calls for service during 2010.



In these challenging economic times, with diminished resources, the Operations Division strives to provide the best service possible. Although it may take longer for a non-emergency response, we have still been able to keep our in-progress priority call response time under the bench mark of five (5) minutes.

Once again Modesto finished in first place in the State of California (fourth place in the nation) in the National Night Out Program. Additionally, our Traffic Safety program continues to excel, the Beat Health Unit continues to work on drug houses and vacant properties, and the Modesto Community Emergency Response Team continues to tackle mental heath issues as they relate to policing.

The Operations Division is the home of many full time and collateral specialized units and programs, including: Patrol, Traffic, Crime Prevention, Beat Health, Crime Free Multi-Housing, Weed and Seed, Restorative Policing, Community Liaisons, Bicycle Patrol, Downtown Entertainment District Enforcement (DED), Special Multi Agency Response Team (SMART), Crisis Response Unit (CRU), Critical Incident Team (CIT), Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Equestrian Unit, Canine (K9) Unit, Mental Issues Team (MIT), Modesto Community Emergency Response Team (MCERT), Urban Rifle Operators (URO), Field Training Program (FTO), Air Support Unit (ASU) and many others.

The Operations Division pledges to continue serving the community with professionalism and excellence in 2013 and beyond.

Captain Rick Armendariz