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The Police Department is responsible for maintaining law and order in a community of approximately 85,000 people in an area of 7.69 square mile. This is accomplished through the efforts of over two hundred (200) sworn, non-sworn, part-time, and volunteer personnel. The Police Department coordinates with other City Departments to produce outstanding overall service to the community.

The Department is organized for results, presently having two Operational Divisions performing various activities including: 

  • General patrol, traffic enforcement, and investigations
  • Budget and accounting, records keeping, and personnel services
  • Crime prevention, narcotic enforcement, and professional standards


  • BUDGET AND ACCOUNTING - process procurement of goods, services and equipment in addition to prepare payroll, budget, contracts, and administration of state and federal grants.
  • COMMUNITY SAFETY - provide effective and positive police services to solve the problems of crime, illicit drugs, fear of crime, neighborhood decay, and the overall quality of life in the community.
  • CRIME ANALYSIS - collect, analyze, and evaluate crime data and crime trends in the community to determine the most efficient and effective utilization of Departmental resources.
  • CRIME PREVENTION - prevent crime through on-going education and awareness with community partners.
  • DISPATCH - answer 9-1-1 calls, determine the nature of the service request and dispatch appropriate personnel and equipment.
  • INVESTIGATIONS - provide follow-up criminal investigations leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of suspects, recovery of property and the clearance of cases.
  • JAIL SERVICES - process, provide supervision and overall welfare of prisoners in a safe jail environment in accordance with applicable jail regulations.
  • PARKING - enforce parking regulations in the city working in conjunction with the Finance Department and an outsourced private parking enforcement services to assure this compliance.
  • PATROL - answer radio calls for service in their assigned geographic areas and conduct high visibility patrol and community policing activities to prevent and reduce crime, and enforce federal, state, and local statutes.
  • PERSONNEL AND TRAINING - maintain personnel records and identify training needs in compliance with the Commission on Peace Officers Standard and Training (POST).
  • PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS - coordinate all administrative and internal investigations, policy development, and legal liaison.
  • PROPERTY - care and custody of all property booked into the Department. Submit evidence to crime lab for analysis, prepare evidence for court proceedings and coordinated the release of property. In addition, prepare property for destruction in accordance with applicable state and local laws.
  • RECORDS - collect, retain, and disseminate and destroy of all official department arrest and crime reports in addition to prepare and submit statistical reports to local, state, and federal agencies pursuant to applicable laws.
  • SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT - identify, apprehend, and prosecute individuals of drug and vice-related incidents as well as conduct inspections and prepare administrative reports for Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) and city business license applications. Works in joint operations with outside Major Narcotic Task Force to combat the distribution of narcotics in the San Gabriel Valley, to reduce drug distribution and usage in the region.
  • TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT - provide safe and efficient flow of traffic within the city limits utilizing statistical analysis of reported accidents accompanied with a proactive enforcement strategy.

Message from Police Chief Eric Parra

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On behalf of the men and women of the Alhambra Police Department, I want to welcome and thank you for visiting the city and police website. I hope you find the information here to be of help to you and would encourage you to correspond with us if there is specific information you need that is not found here. You will find that there are many ways to reach members of the Alhambra Police Department, and we are particularly fond of our social media programs such as Facebook. Our goal is to provide many forums for community members to interact with us - whether it is social media, email, phone, other messaging services, or even in-person. Community interaction is critical to our success and enhanced public safety in the community.
Creating unique, innovative ways to communicate with the public is part of our mission and values. Great communication techniques provide an enhanced level of service to all of you, while, at the same time helping to build relationships and true community policing. We are in the public safety and service profession and take our roles and responsibilities seriously. Each day, the men and women of the Alhambra Police Department strive to prevent crime, protect lives and property, preserve the peace and order of the community and build positive relationship with the community we serve. Meeting this mission takes a lot of hard work, ethical policing practices, customer service and great community policing partnerships, and we strive daily to meet this mission.
Thank you for visiting, and we look forward to being of service to you.
Eric Parra, Chief of Police  

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