The San Luis Obispo Police Department consists of 83.5 employees,
60 of which are sworn
police officers. The Department is divided into two bureaus, with a Police
Captain commanding each.
Police Department Organizational
Patrol Services: provides 24-hour emergency and non-emergency response and
service to the community and includes special assignments such as Field Training
Officer, Downtown Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, SWAT, and others. Personnel within
the patrol division work a modified 3/12 week. A typical Watch compliment will include a
Lieutenant Watch Commander, Sergeant Field Supervisor, and several officers.
Traffic Safety Unit: provides
motorcycle assignments and special traffic enforcement. The Traffic
Safety Unit is comprised of four patrol officers supervised by
a Sergeant. The unit is responsible for enforcing traffic laws, investigating traffic
collisions, and other traffic safety duties as assigned.
Special Enforcement Team (SET): The SORT unit consists of two
officers supervised by a Sergeant. SORT provides selective enforcement, and supplements
the investigative and patrol units. SORT is involved in youth crime, alcohol violations,
narcotics, and vice related investigations.
Neighborhood Services: The Neighborhood Services Manager coordinates the
response of City departments to neighborhood issues. In addition, SNAP, Neighborhood
Enhancement Ordinance enforcement, Crime Prevention, Working to Improve Neighborhoods
(WIN), and various other programs originate from this office.
Administrative Services Division:
The Administrative Services Division consists of a Sergeant who is
responsible for programs administration, internal affairs investigation, civil and
permit investigation, training, and special projects.
The Investigative Division is supervised by a Lieutenant and
includes two detectives working property crimes (burglary, grand
theft, fraud etc.) and three detectives working crimes against
persons (robbery, assault, rape, murder). Also working out of the
Investigative division is a School Resource Officer (assigned to the
high school and middle school). In addition,
one detective is assigned to the county-wide Narcotics Task Force unit.
Communications dispatchers receive incoming telephone calls for
service, including 911 calls. Police dispatchers are also
responsible for dispatching fire department personnel and applying
emergency medical dispatch techniques. The dispatch staffing
consists of 10
Communication Technicians managed by 2 Communications Supervisors, answering directly to
the Communications manager.
Records Unit: Records clerks are responsible for
processing and maintaining the large amount of documentation generated by all divisions
within the department. Their work includes meeting state crime reporting standards and
preparing court paperwork to the District Attorney's office. The records
unit consists of
5 records clerks and a records unit supervisor.
with the Police Department
The City of San Luis Obispo only accepts applications for
positions which are currently vacant. For information on current employment opportunities, please visit the Department of
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