Field Services Division

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David Dolphin, Deputy Director of Utilities
(626) 570-3230
111 South First Street
Building Division Counter Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Plan Check Counter Hours: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm


The Field Services Division is staffed by 60% of the Department's  sworn complement, and consists of the following:

  • Patrol Bureau
  • Traffic Bureau
  • Reserve Police Officers Unit
  • Canine Unit
  • Community Policing Bureau including Crime Prevention
  • Volunteer Unit - Citizens on Patrol


  • The Patrol Bureau is responsible for answering radio calls for service in their assigned geographic areas, and conducting preventative patrol and community policing activities to prevent crime and enforce state and federal laws and local ordinances. They are the most visible representatives of the Department. 


  • The Traffic Bureau is responsible for providing the safe and efficient flow of traffic within the City of Alhambra. This is accomplished by providing a proactive enforcement strategy through the statistical analysis of reported accidents. The Bureau utilizes a Community Oriented Policing and multi-agency approach to vehicular and pedestrian safety, enforcement, and education. 


  • 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. 


  • Under the direction of the Field Services Division Commander, the Patrol Bureau has one lieutenant serving as the Canine Unit Commander, one sergeant designated as the Canine Unit Supervisor, and two canine teams, each composed of one police officer and one canine police service dog.
  • The prompt and proper utilization of a trained canine team has proven to be a valuable use of a unique resource in law enforcement. When properly used, a canine team greatly enhances the degree of safety to citizens within a contained search area, enhances individual officer safety, significantly increases the likelihood of a suspect's apprehension and dramatically reduces the time necessary to conduct the search.
  • Proper utilization of a canine search team also reduces the need to resort to deadly force. 


  • Community Policing is both a philosophy and an organizational strategy that allows the police and community to work closely together in new ways to solve the problems of crime, illicit drugs, fear of crime, neighborhood decay, and the overall quality of life in the community.
  • The Community Policing Bureau operates under the supervision of a sergeant, and the section is staffed by one Crime Prevention Specialist, one Community Policing Officer, and two School Resource Officers.
  • The Crime Prevention Specialist participates in community activities, crime prevention fairs, and local festivals which all provide high visibility to the community. The Crime Prevention Specialist of the Alhambra Police Department is dedicated to preventing crime through on-going education and awareness with our community partners.
  • The two School Resource Officers work closely with the Alhambra Unified School District, the Department's youth counselors and detectives on issues involving the prevention of delinquency, child abuse/neglect, and domestic violence. 


  • 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.

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New Century BMW dealership: Many of the Main Street Auto Row dealerships were given financial incentives to locate and/or expand, leading to approximately $3.3 million annually in sales tax revenue to the City.

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