The Office of Operations (OO) oversees five bureaus of the Los Angeles Police Department, 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 First Assistant Chief Michel Moore. Chief Moore is designated as the First Assistant Chief, which means he will assume the duties of Chief of Police Charlie Beck in his absence.
Chief Moore is assisted by Commander Kris Pitcher who is designated as the Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations.
Office of Operations in the Major Crimes Universe Edit
Bureaus and Divisions of the Office of Operations Edit
In the Major Crimes Universe, the Office of Operations oversees the four geographical bureaus of the department as well as some specialized bureaus and divisions.
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, and the Jail Division, which maintains and supervises all of the jails used by the department.
Director of Operations Edit
The Director of Operations holds the rank of Assistant Chief and heads the Office of Operations. The Director of Operations can also be referred to as the Assistant Chief of Operations.
In the Major Crimes Universe, the Director of Operations is also considered the First Assistant Chief, standing in for the Chief of Police when he is absent. This could mean that in the Major Crimes Universe, there are no other Assistant Chiefs like there are in the real LAPD, or that the Director of Operations is chosen to be in that position because he already oversees most of the personnel of the department 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.
- Assistant Chief Russell Taylor is the Director of Operations during Major Crimes until Season 5 episode “White Lies, Part 1” when he was murdered in a courtroom shooting.
- Acting Assistant Chief Fritz Howard is the Acting Director of Operations during Major Crimes, Season 5, from episode “White Lies, Part 1” onward. He returned to lead the Special Operations Bureau after Leo Mason was promoted to Assistant Chief and assigned as Taylor's permanent replacement in “Shockwave, Part 2”.
- Assistant Chief Leo Mason was promoted to replace Taylor as the Director of Operations in Major Crimes, Season 5 finale, “Shockwave, Part 2”.
Deputy Director of Operations Edit
- NOTE: The position of Deputy Director is fictional and only exists in the Major Crimes Universe.
The Deputy Director of Operations holds the rank of Deputy Chief and assists the Director with management of the office. The Deputy Director of Operations can also be referred to as the Deputy Chief of Operations.
During the Director's short absences, the Deputy Director acts as the Director of Operations. The Deputy Director also keeps track of required training exercises and assigns divisions to partake in them when deemed necessary. The Deputy Director also provides oversight for the Jail Division and the RACR Division on behalf of the Director.
Office of Special Operations Edit
In 2010, Chief Charlie Beck reorganized the LAPD after he was sworn in as the new Chief of Police, during which he created the Office of Special Operations (OSO), which began to oversee the departments specialized functions, meaning the Detective Bureau, Special Operations Bureau (SOB), and the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CTCIB). SOB and CTCIB later merged to create the new Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau (CTSOB).
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.
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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