Field Operations Division is the largest division of the Police Department.
The Field Operations Division provides first response to all emergencies,
performs preliminary investigations, and provides basic patrol services to
the City of Riverside.
Field Operations has the responsibility to:
- Provide the first police response to emergencies
- Perform preliminary investigations and provide
basic police patrol services
- Inform and educate civic neighborhood groups on
safety and crime prevention
Provide on-duty availability of Canine Units for
searches and assistance in detecting the location of suspects, missing
persons, evidence or contraband
- Deploy Bicycle Patrol Units to perform routine
patrol duties in an aggressive/pro-active manner
- Administer the Police Cadet Program, the Police
Reserve Team, the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, Traffic
Enforcement (Motorcycle Patrol), Accident Investigation, Parking
Control, Explosive Ordinance Detail, Problem Oriented Policing (POP),
School Crossing Guards
- Provide limited police services at Store Front
Service Centers throughout the city, the Galleria
- Provide cooperative law enforcement service for the
University neighborhood Enhancement Team (UNET).
Division has undergone a number of changes in the past year from upgrades in
facilities and technology to increased equipment and training for its
personnel. All of these changes are directed at increasing the knowledge,
skill and productivity of our uniformed personnel so they can perform their
duties with the highest level of enthusiasm and professionalism.
The following accomplishments in Field Operations
during 2000 were the result of a cooperative effort between all City
departments, Federal, State, and County agencies:
- Implemented Phase I of Laptop computer deployment
for field officers. The purchase of Rocky II laptop computers replaced
the older Mobile Data Terminals (MDC's) in the patrol cars and allows
officers to write police reports, access valuable resources such as
mapping, Legal Source Book, Penal Codes and e-mail.
- Implementation of a 24 hour Watch Commander system
to ensure availability on all shifts.
to a proper ratio of officers to supervisors to ensure public safety.
- Continuation of the Neighborhood Beat Officer
Program (NBO) program. This program involves officers who are
voluntarily assigned to a specific neighborhood and act as a liaison.
The officers help citizens with problem solving in their neighborhood.
- Purchase and deployment of Less Lethal Munitions.
The entire division has undergone training and approximately 20 less
lethal shotguns have been issued to designated officers. Further
deployment and training is planned.
- Purchase and deployment of digital cameras for
field officers. The Evidence Unit provided training and issued digital
cameras to designated officers. The cameras will be used in the field to
document evidence. The officers will download the pictures into a
database located at the Lincoln Street Station.
of upgraded technology in the Roll Call Room. Installation of a ceiling
projector, TV monitors, VCR, DVD, Document Camera, Cassette player,
electronic whiteboard, and Video Conferencing capabilities.
- Implemented a Mobile Field Force that consists of
40 officers, 4 sergeants, and 1 lieutenant. The Mobile Field Force is
equipped and trained to respond to crowd control or riot situations.
- Revised the Field Training Officer Program by
implementing a training block on Community Oriented Policing.
- Implemented the Safe Parks Program. This program
provides problem solving and enforcement to ensure a safe environment in
our city parks.
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