Employment/Volunteer with the Police Department

Alhambra Police Department
Timothy Vu, Chief of Police
211 South First Street, Alhambra, CA 91801



Under general supervision, performs law enforcement and crime prevention work; upholds and enforces municipal and penal codes, state and local ordinances; maintains order; protects life and property; apprehends and arrests criminals; issues traffic and other citations; recognizes, assesses and handles emergencies; inspects premises; investigates and interviews victims, suspects, witnesses and other individuals; collects, preserves, packages and labels evidence at a crime scene; patrols an assigned beat; conducts crowd and traffic control; assists outside agencies; writes reports; testifies in court; renders first aid; meets with and provides information to the community; and performs related work as required.



The Alhambra Police Department's Reserve Police Officers are a group of highly trained and motivated volunteers, who meet the State of California's Peace Officer Standards and Training. They must meet stringent standards to act as police officers.  Their responsibilities are to supplement patrol deployment, police special events, provide special services, and serve the public. They are on call for emergencies and details as needed.



This section answers 911 emergency calls and police-related business calls. It dispatches Police employees to calls for service, and answers radio traffic from police officers who are working those calls for service. Dispatchers are highly trained in order to perform the level of multi-tasking necessary to perform the job. They will typically answer over 15,000 phone calls per month. The dispatchers assist officers in the field by checking to see if those subjects being contacted have outstanding warrants for their arrest, or if the vehicle that was just stopped is a reported stolen vehicle. They are also responsible for monitoring building security and control numerous alarm boards--and keep records and logs of the police department's daily activities.



The Police Explorer Program enables young men and women, ages 14 to 20, to determine through actual experience and training if they would like to pursue a career in law enforcement. Teens learn through lecture and practical experience about the day-to-day operations of the Alhambra Police Department, and the skills and education necessary to be a law enforcement officer. After completing the Police Explorer "Academy," Explorers may continue their relationship with the Alhambra Police Department by performing non-hazardous duties around the police station, and participating in ride-alongs with a police officer on a regular tour of duty. For more information or to obtain a Police Explorer application form, call 626-300-1551.



The Citizens on Patrol Program is a volunteer-based program. The goal of the Citizens on Patrol is to assist the Police Department with non-enforcement duties and tasks.  Citizens on Patrol members are graduates of the Department's Citizens Police Academy.  They perform vehicle and foot patrols in business/commercial areas, City parks, and any area of the City where specific crime problems have been identified.  They serve as "eyes and ears" of the Police Department without placing themselves into dangerous situations.

Relevant Permits, Licenses, & Applications

No items found.

More Information

No items found.

No items found.

Sign Up to receive City Council Agenda Packets