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Jun 17

Brea Police Department Patrol Services

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 2:01 p.m. by johnb johnb

Police patrol services are the core of any municipal police agency, the “cop on the beat” being the first line of response to emergency situations, suspicious activity, disturbances, or other crimes in progress. Patrol officers are also responsible for proactive enforcement of criminal and traffic laws, and provide preventative, visible patrol to discourage criminal activity.

Brea patrol officers are responsible for these missions within the 12 square miles of area and 117 miles of roadway in Brea. The Patrol unit of the police department falls within the Uniform Division, which I am proud to command. Currently, there are 23 Police Officers, 5 Police Sergeants, and 4 Police Lieutenants assigned to patrol. These 32 men and women provide services 24/7, 365, divided among two shifts. Day shift officers work 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM and night shift officers work 6:00 PM to 6:30 AM. During any given shift each day, there are four to six patrol officers deployed in addition to two supervisory officers. These numbers do not include any Traffic Officers (motorcycles), Detectives, or other officers who may be on duty. The department’s emergency response times have remained steady at around 3 minutes 30 seconds for many years. This is an indication that the current levels of patrol staffing are sufficient to handle our most important duties. However, as the population of Brea and the number of homes and commercial developments grow, we will continually scan the environment to ensure appropriate staffing levels so that expected level of service continues.

The police department utilizes a geo-policing model. The City of Brea is divided into four geographic areas for this purpose. Those areas are designed to distribute workload evenly, taking into consideration the amount of calls for service, number of crimes, and natural geographical boundaries. Each area is commanded by a Patrol Lieutenant, who is responsible for coordinating front-line services in that area. (To learn more about each area commander, please review the 2014 Brea Police Department Annual Report at

Patrol officers are assigned to an area for at least one year in order to become completely familiar with the community needs and unique policing concerns for that area. This improves effectiveness and efficiency as officers tackle emerging problems in their area. During the course of a shift, area officers handle most calls for service in their area, or “beat”, and conduct proactive enforcement and preventative patrol based on the changing needs of each area. The map below depicts the outlay of our four geo-policing areas: 

Beat Map 2015
Although the North area seems to be significantly larger than the other areas, a large portion of that area is open space in the Carbon Canyon and Tonner Canyon areas, with other portions still developing.

As with staffing levels, these policing areas are continually monitored for changes in activity and workload. If that workload shifts to the extent that certain area officers are under significantly more demands than others, the department will adjust areas to balance that demand. This will ensure our resources can be spread equally across the entire City, thus providing the most efficient service. For example, with much of the City’s growth occurring in the eastern portion of the City, it is possible that we will soon have to adjust policing areas to adapt. Of course, this may be coupled with a need for additional staffing, depending on anticipated increases in the demand for police services.


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