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The Office of Operations (OO) of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has functional control of all field law enforcement and detective operations throughout the city, overseeing the four geographical bureaus of the department as well as some specialized bureaus and divisions.

The bureaus overseen by the Office of Operations are the Central Bureau, West Bureau, Valley Bureau, South Bureau, Detective Bureau, and the Special Operations Bureau.

The specialized divisions that are overseen by the Office of Operations are the Major Crimes Division, Counter-Terrorism Division, Criminal Intelligence Division, Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response Division, COMPSTAT Division, and the Jail Division.

Personnel of the Office of Operations Edit

Director / Assistant Chief Edit

The Director of Operations holds the rank of Assistant Chief and heads the Office of Operations.

Duties Edit

The Director of Operations is responsible for managing and coordinating all matters related to field law enforcement and detective operations throughout the city.

In the Major Crimes Universe, the Director of Operations is also considered the First Assistant Chief, standing in for the Chief of Police when necessary. The Director of Operations is most likely chosen to be in that position because he already oversees most of the department's personnel and therefore is the most qualified to lead the department during the Chief's short absences.

Deputy Director / Deputy Chief Edit

The Deputy Director of Operations holds the rank of Deputy Chief and assists the Director with management and coordination of the office. During the Director's short absences, the Deputy Director heads the Office of Operations.

Duties Edit

The Deputy Director is responsible for:

  • Monitoring significant planned or spontaneous events, when appropriate or at the request of the Chief of Police or Director of Operations;
  • Making recommendations to the Director of Operations regarding personnel deployment to ensure the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Evaluating practices and preparing reports regarding personnel deployment citywide;
  • Auditing department wide operations, including field deployment and administrative procedures;
  • Coordinating budget requests for the Office of Operations;
  • Coordinating with Training Division, Office of Support Services, to ensure the completion of required training exercises for all organizational units assigned to the Office of Operations; and
  • Conducting follow-up evaluations to ensure that standard procedures and policies are followed by all organizational units assigned to the Office of Operations.

Evaluation and Administration Section Edit

The Evaluation and Administration Section, under the direction of the Deputy Director of Operations, is responsible for conducting research and preparing correspondence, as needed, for the Deputy Director and the Director as well as assisting the Deputy Director in the discharge of their duties.

Some of the specific duties of the Evaluation and Administration Section include: evaluating the performance of employees assigned to the Office; researching and developing operational standards for the Office; conducting studies and making surveys of field-related problems; and providing training to LAPD personnel on the topic of community policing.

Labor Liaison Section Edit

The Labor Liaison Section, under the direction of the Deputy Director of Operations, is responsible for establishing and maintaining liaison with labor and management groups and monitoring possible disputes; investigating crimes arising from labor disputes (except homicides, kidnappings, bombings, attempted bombings, and bomb threats); and gathering, correlating and disseminating information related to labor disputes.

Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response Division Edit

The Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response (RACR) Division, under the direction of the Deputy Director of Operations, analyzes crime city-wide on a real-time basis to look for patterns and make deployment recommendations. RACR also tracks the state of the city, including tracking all uniformed resources, the state of radio calls, and other indicators.

Jail Division Edit

The Jail Division, under the direction of the Deputy Director of Operations, is responsible for the care and custody of all arrested person within the LAPD. The Jail Division also physically maintains and supervises all of the jails used by the department.

Deputy Director - History Edit

It appears that the position of Deputy Director of Operations was created to replace the Operations Coordinator. The position of Operations Coordinator was abolished in 2012 when Russell Taylor was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations for the beginning of Major Crimes.

NOTE: The position of Deputy Director is fictional and only exists in the Major Crimes Universe. The position is based heavily on the real position of Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations.

Bureaus of the Office of Operations Edit

Geographical bureaus Edit

Geographic operations bureaus are responsible for providing primary uniformed, traffic, and investigative activities within their jurisdictions.

Every geographical bureau consists of multiple geographical areas, commonly referred to as divisions, and a dedicated traffic division.

Organization of a geographical bureau and area:

  • Deputy Chief, Commanding Officer — Geographical Bureau
  • Commander, Assistant Commanding Officer — Geographical Bureau
  • Captain III, Commanding Officer — Geographical Area
    • Captain I, Commanding Officer — Patrol Division:
      • The Patrol Division is responsible for providing uniformed law enforcement to their jurisdiction.
    • Lieutenant II, Commanding Officer — Detective Division:
      • The Detective Division is responsible for investigating felony and misdemeanor crimes which are not solved by an arrest by patrol or which do not fall under the jurisdiction of another specialized division.
    • Lieutenant II, Officer-in-Charge — Gang Impact Team (GIT):
      • The Gang Enforcement Detail (GED) is the GIT's primary uniformed component focusing on gang members and associated crimes.
      • The Narcotics Enforcement Detail (NED) shall address street sales, illegal use, and covert trafficking of narcotics.
      • The Investigation Detail is responsible for investigating gang-related crimes, with the exception of homicides and sex crimes. The Investigation Detail is staffed by detectives from the Area Detective Division.
      • The Gang Crime Analysis Detail (G-CAD) shall review all Area crime, arrest and follow-up reports that are completed for identified gang crimes, and review all crime, arrest and follow-up reports to determine gang involvement using the gang-related indicators.

Central Bureau Edit

The Central Bureau is responsible for downtown Los Angeles and Eastern Los Angeles, and it's the most densely populated of the four patrol bureaus.

The Central Bureau is currently comprised of the Central Area, Rampart Area, Hollenbeck Area, Northeast Area, Newton Area, and the Central Traffic Division.

South Bureau Edit

The South Bureau oversees South Los Angeles with the exception of Inglewood and Compton, which are both separate cities that maintain their own law enforcement agencies.

The South Bureau is currently comprised of the 77th Street Area, Southwest Area, Harbor Area, Southeast Area, and the South Traffic Division.

Valley Bureau Edit

The Valley Bureau oversees operations within the San Fernando Valley.

The Valley Bureau is currently comprised of the Van Nuys Area, Mission Area, North Hollywood Area, Foothill Area, Devonshire Area, West Valley Area, Topanga Area, and the Valley Traffic Division.

West Bureau Edit

The West Bureau's operations cover most of the well-known areas of Los Angeles, including Hollywood, Westwood, the Hollywood Hills area, the UCLA campus and Venice. This does not include Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, which are both separate cities that maintain their own law enforcement agencies.

The West Bureau is currently comprised of the Wilshire Area, Hollywood Area, West Los Angeles Area, Olympic Area, Pacific Area, LAX Field Services Division, and the West Traffic Division.

Specialized bureaus Edit

Detective Bureau Edit

The Detective Bureau provides functional leadership for detective operations citywide, which accounts for approximately 1800 assigned detectives. This includes all specialized detective functions assigned to the Detective Bureau and the 21 geographic detective divisions throughout the city.

Special Operations Bureau Edit

The Special Operations Bureau provides specialized tactical resources in support of daily field activities, unusual occurrences, and during serious disturbances and elevated threat conditions.

Divisions of the Office of Operations Edit

Major Crimes Division Edit

The Major Crimes Division investigates homicides that involve multiple or high-profile victims and/or high-profile suspects; all cases involving missing, kidnapped or murdered LAPD officers; select sexual assault investigations and kidnappings; and select missing person cases including "critical missing" cases, involving children who are under 14 years old and/or have mental illnesses or disabilities.

Counter-Terrorism Division Edit

The Counter-Terrorism Division provides counter-terrorism resources to the department, including the Bomb Squad Unit, the LAX Bomb Detection K-9 Unit, and the Hazardous Materials Unit (HAZMAT). The Counter-Terrorism Division is also responsible for investigating acts of terror and person(s)/group(s) who plan on committing or financing acts of terror.

Criminal Intelligence Division Edit

The Criminal Intelligence Division is responsible for gathering intelligence on criminal organizations, investigating organized crime, and developing new surveillance technology.

COMPSTAT Division Edit

The COMPSTAT (computer statistics) Division reports directly to the Director of Operations, and is responsible for analyzing, monitoring and auditing the production and dissemination of all crime analysis information relating to crime series, patterns, hot spots, trends, clusters, spikes, and victim/offender information for the purpose of identifying, arresting and prosecuting criminals.

Abolished positions Edit

Operations Coordinator Edit

The Operations Coordinator assisted the Director of Operations with coordinating between bureaus and divisions to ensure that all commands throughout the city are notified of any major events and that major investigations are shared across geographic boundaries if it is needed for investigative purposes.

The Operations Coordinator also provided supervision for the Department Command Post and the Labor Liaison Section.

The position of Operations Coordinator was most likely replaced by the Deputy Director of Operations after Russell Taylor was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations in 2012, although in the real LAPD, the position was abolished long before that.

See also Edit

LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT (LAPD)
Major Crimes Universe
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD): Organizational chart
Ranks of the Los Angeles Police DepartmentAwards of the Los Angeles Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police: Professional Standards Bureau
Office of Operations: Major Crimes DivisionDetective BureauSpecial Operations BureauCounter-Terrorism DivisionCriminal Intelligence DivisionRACR Division
Office of Support Services