Police Divisions and Services
The patrol division provides the fundamental base for the City of Carlsbad Police Department’s law enforcement services. Responding to more than 90,000 calls for service annually, the patrol division serves the community and meets crime face-to-face in a wide range of situations 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Although street patrols are the majority of the division’s activity, other special details and services include canine units, bicycle patrol, crisis negotiations, bilingual services, the tactical response team and mental health assistance teams.
The goal of the traffic division is to help reduce the number of collisions citywide through an aggressive enforcement program, educational efforts and in cooperation with the City of Carlsbad Traffic Engineering Department. Additionally, members provide parking enforcement, abandoned vehicle abatement and coordination of special events.
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With almost 10,000 cases reported every year, the Investigations Division is responsible for the follow-up on a variety of crimes such as violent crimes, property crimes, fraud and financial crimes, auto theft, juvenile crime, elder abuse and child abuse. Each criminal case is reviewed through a case screening process and assigned to a detective in General Investigations, Family Services, Violent Crimes or Vice Narcotics.
After the initial investigation by a patrol officer, case screening utilizes pre-determined solvability factors such as the presence of witnesses or physical evidence to help decide whether further investigation is justified. A case may be assigned to a detective for additional investigation if sufficient evidence and information are present. If a case is not assigned to a detective, a report will be kept on file as a resource for similar crimes in the future.