The Detective Bureau is comprised of detective and support staff and is supervised by a police sergeant. Detectives are assigned specific caseloads under one of two general categories:
- Crimes Against Persons caseloads include Robbery/Homicide; Domestic Violence; Elder/Child Abuse; Sex Crimes; Assaults; Weapons Violations.
- Crimes Against Property caseloads include Forgery/Fraud; Identity Theft; Elder Financial Abuse; Grand Theft Auto; Residential/Commercial Burglary; Grand Theft.
The complexity of modern criminality requires detectives be trained and knowledgeable in all the specific types of criminal activities in each category. Investigative Services personnel conduct all aspects of criminal investigations.
OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES HANDLED BY THE DETECTIVE BUREAU - Civilian, non-sworn support personnel
(a Police Service Officer and Police Cadet) also handle a variety of matters including Misdemeanor Adult Crimes;
Alhambra Municipal Code Violations; Annoying & Harassing Telephone Calls; Vandalism.
Additional tasks include: Subpoena Service, Photo Lab Duties and Court Liaison. An assigned uniform patrol officer
will conduct an initial investigation, write a report on the crime circumstances, pertinent facts, witness statements and
list physical evidence at the scene. Cases are prioritized for investigative follow-up based on the severity and nature
of the crime and the presence or absence of workable leads. Current investigative skills, techniques and technical
resources are used to identify, locate and apprehend criminal suspects, recover stolen property and provide prosecutors with criminal cases that will culminate in successful prosecutions.
SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT (S.E.U.):
- The S.E.U. unit is comprised of detectives assigned to specific caseloads involving all gang-related criminal activity, vice, narcotics, criminal intelligence and alcohol-related crimes and is supervised by a police sergeant. The unit works with county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
- Gang enforcement officers assigned to the Field Services Division work in partnership with SEU conducting monthly enforcement operations focusing on criminal gang activity, parolees, and those on active probation. One S.E.U. detective is assigned to the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Taskforce (L.A. IMPACT).
- The detective works with sworn law enforcement personnel from county, state and federal agencies investigating and apprehending criminal suspects involved in narcotics trafficking.
- The Property Unit, staffed by a Property Clerk, annually processes on average 5,000 items of property and evidence booked into the property system. Items are logged, inventoried. Tens of thousands of pieces of property are maintained in the Property Unit. The Property Clerk is also responsible for releasing and disposing of items pursuant to applicable law.
- Persons seeking the return of any item(s) booked into the Police Department's Property Unit should contact the Property Clerk at 626-570-5148 to make an appointment for pick up. Pick-up times are: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- The Alhambra Police Department is one of only a very small number of law enforcement agencies of comparable size to offer professional counseling services to its community. Counseling services are offered to those who have been victims of criminal activity or to those whom it might benefit.
Professionally-trained counselors provide referral services and counseling on issues such as substance
abuse, delinquency, parenting skills, child physical/sexual abuse and domestic violence.