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 of Operations / Assistant Chief of Operations Edit
The Director of Operations holds the rank of Assistant Chief and heads the Office of Operations.
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.
|Assistant Chief William Pope is the Director of Operations during The Closer. In Season 7, Pope was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police but still kept his position as the Director of Operations for budget reasons.|
|Assistant Chief Russell Taylor is the Director of Operations during Major Crimes until “White Lies, Part 1” of Season 5, when he was killed in the line of duty.|
|Acting Assistant Chief Fritz Howard is the Acting Director of Operations during Major Crimes, Season 5, from “White Lies, Part 1” onward. He returned to lead the Special Operations Bureau at the end of “Shockwave, Part 2”.|
|Assistant Chief Leo Mason is the Director of Operations during Major Crimes, Season 6. Mason was promoted to Assistant Chief in Season 5 finale, “Shockwave, Part 2”.|
Deputy Director of Operations / Deputy Chief of Operations 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.
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.
The Deputy Director also provides oversight for the Jail Division and the RACR Division on behalf of the Director of Operations.
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.
|Deputy Chief Winnie Davis is the Deputy Director of Operations during Major Crimes.|
Operations Coordinator Edit
The Operations Coordinator assists 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.
As noted above, 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.
|Commander Russell Taylor is the Operations Coordinator during The Closer, Seasons 4-7.|
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.
- Captain I, Commanding Officer, Patrol Division:
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
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.
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
The Major Crimes Division is an elite investigative unit which investigates cases that are mostly high-profile in nature.
The Counter-Terrorism Division provides counter-terrorism resources to the department, including Explosives Unit (Bomb Squad), 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 acts of terror.
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.
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.
Office of Operations in the real LAPD Edit
In the real LAPD, the Office of Operations oversees five bureaus, these being the four geographical bureaus and the Transit Services Bureau. The geographical bureaus are the Central Bureau, West Bureau, Valley Bureau, and South Bureau. The majority of the departments officers are assigned to these bureaus and the divisions within. The Transit Services Bureau polices all of the bus and rail lines within the city of Los Angeles.
The Office of Operations also oversees the departments COMPSTAT (computer statistics) process.
The Office of Operations is headed by the Director of Operations, currently Assistant Chief Robert Arcos.
The Director of Operations is assisted by Commander Kris Pitcher who is designated as the Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations.
Office of Special Operations Edit
In the real LAPD, when Charlie Beck was appointed as the Chief of Police in 2010, he reorganized the LAPD during which he created the Office of Special Operations (OSO) which began to oversee the departments specialized functions.
The specialized functions which were transferred to the Office of Special Operations were the Detective Bureau, Special Operations Bureau, and the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau. The Detective Bureau and the Special Operations Bureau were transferred to OSO from the Office of Operations while the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau was previously under the direct command of the Chief of Police.
The Special Operations Bureau and the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau later merged to create the new Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau.
The Office of Special Operations is headed by the Director of Special Operations, currently Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala.
Divisions of the Office of Special Operations Edit
Chief Girmala is assisted by Commander Vito Palazzolo who is designated as the Assistant to the Director, Office of Special Operations. Among other duties, Commander Palazzolo has oversight over the departments security and inmate detention. Commander Palazzolo is also the LAPD's Diplomatic Liaison Officer.
Security Services Division Edit
When the Los Angeles General Services Police Department was dissolved by the Los Angeles City Council in July 2012, its personnel and duties were transferred into the Los Angeles Police Department, creating the new Security Services Division.
The Security Services Division (SECSD) provides security to the Historic Los Angeles City Hall, the Los Angeles Central Library, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Los Angeles Convention Center as well as city parks, recreation centers, senior centers, and beaches located in the city of Los Angeles.
Custody Services Division Edit
The Custody Services Division maintains and supervises all of the jails used by the department.
Before the creation of the Office of Special Operations, the Custody Services Division was known as the Jail Division and it was under the command of the Office of Operations.
Property Division Edit
The Property Division maintains and handles all items in the custody of the department including the personal effects of LAPD prisoners.
Before the creation of the Office of Special Operations, the Property Division was under the command of the Office of Support Services' Administrative and Technical Services Bureau.
Office of Special Operations in the Major Crimes Universe Edit
In the Major Crimes Universe, the reorganization that created the Office of Special Operations has not happened, even though it was suggested in Season 7 of The Closer when Tommy Delk was promoted to Chief of Police. Delk created a new organizational chart of the department which would have promoted Russell Taylor to Assistant Chief of the Office of Special Operations.
Before Tommy Delk could make these changes public, he died of a sudden brain aneurysm. After Assistant Chief of Operations Will Pope was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police (and later permanently to Chief of Police), he did not make any changes to the organization of the Major Crimes Universe LAPD, as the recently promoted Assistant Chief Taylor was also appointed as the Assistant Chief of Operations, rather than Assistant Chief of Special Operations.
Because of this, in the Major Crimes Universe's LAPD, the Office of Operations still oversees all specialized functions of the department as the Office of Special Operations has not been created.
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