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The Department

The Manteca Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency. You may have heard of the phrase "Community Oriented Policing. Well our department has practiced community based policing for many years before it become a popular buzzword. The Department is organized into two division, Operations and Services. A Captain commands each division and they report to the Chief of Police. Also reporting to the Chief of Police is the Public Affairs Officer who coordinates the Public Affairs Unit.

Operations Division
The Operations Division is the largest division of the Department. It includes all uniformed officers and their support teams. The units included in the Operations Division are patrol, traffic, community service officers, SWAT, crisis response team, mounted patrol, canine, and bomb squad.

Services Division
The Services Division includes all the teams and units that support the line police function of the Department. These teams include Dispatch, Records, Property and Evidence, Crime Analysis, and Animal Services.  Also part of the Services Division are Detectives, School Resource Officers, Gang Unit, and Mantecaís Street Crimes Unit (SCU), which is the departmentís proactive narcotic and street crime suppression unit.

The Manteca Police Department also has several very active volunteer groups. The Police Explorers, Citizenís Police Academy graduates, Police Reserves, and the SHARPs allow members of our community of all ages and experience to give back to their community through volunteering. In total, the Manteca Police Department has over 200 volunteers working with its officers and employees.

Public Affairs Unit
The departmentís Public Affairs Officer works directly with the Chief of Police on issues that effect the police department and community. In addition to being a community liaison, the PAO works with the public in providing them current information regarding issues effecting Manteca. This is done by working with local news media outlets, issuing information bulletins and conducting neighborhood meetings, and by using the local government channel for a program called StreetBeat. In addition to assisting the Chief of Police, the PAO also coordinates several crime prevention programs to include the Citizen Police Academy, Drug Awareness Education, and various workplace-training programs such as Workplace Violence prevention. The PAO also coordinates with other city offices special projects and does site plan reviews for new commercial and residential projects using a process called CPTED. (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design).