Field Operations Division
The Field Operations Division is tasked with providing front-line police services to the community. The primary mission of the Field Operations Division is simply to improve the quality of life in South Pasadena. The Field Operations Division endeavors to improve the quality of life through the reduction of crime utilizing the latest crime prevention strategies including predictive policing, responding to all calls for service in a timely manner, investigating all cases to an appropriate conclusion and applying the three E's traffic philosophy (Education, Engineering and Enforcement) to promote traffic safety.
For reporting purposes, the city is divided into four sections designated as service areas and are numbered 1 through 4.
Service Area One is comprised of the northwest area of the city which borders the cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena. Service Area Two is comprised of the northeast area of the city which borders the cities of San Marino and Pasadena. Service Area Three is comprised of the Monterey Hills area (southwest area) which borders Los Angeles on both sides. Service Area Four comprises the southeast area of the city which borders Alhambra, San Marino and El Sereno. The dividing line between each service area is Meridian Avenue and Monterey Road.
At the beginning of their shift, each patrol officer is assigned at least one service area and is responsible for handling non-emergency calls for service and investigations generated from within that geographic area(s). For patrol purposes utilizing their available time, officers are not restricted to patrolling within their assigned geographic area(s). In the case of an emergency call for service, officers can respond anywhere in the city within a matter of moments.