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Police Divisions

The Arcadia Police Department consists of two divisions: Operations and Administration each headed by a Police Captain. 


The Operations Division is the largest within the Arcadia Police Department and is commonly referred to as the "backbone of law enforcement." The Operations Division is primarily responsible for daily field operations, including patrol duties and interaction with the public.

Captain Brian Ortiz began his command of the Operations Division in January of 2021. Captain Ortiz brings extensive years of experience to the unit having worked numerous assignments in both Patrol and Administration throughout his career.  Prior to joining the Administration Office, Captain Ortiz served as Watch Commander for Team 3 and S.W.A.T. Team Commander, and prior to becoming a Lieutenant he worked in Administration as the Admin. Sergeant. 

The Operations Division is comprised of several sections, which provides specialized services for the agency. These section include:  Patrol including Officers and Watch Commanders, S.W.A.T., Force Training Unit (FTU) and Field Training Officers (FTOs), Reserve Officer Program, and the Traffic Enforcement Bureau, which includes parking control.

View the Operations Division in the Arcadia Police Department's Organization Chart.

The Operations Division responds to various calls for service received from the community, conducts preliminary investigations of criminal offenses, prepares police reports, provides high visibility patrol to reduce crime, participates in traffic education and enforcement programs, and coordinates parking enforcement. Patrol team officers also conduct special enforcement actions to combat violations such as alcohol sales to minors, street drug activities, and disorderly conduct.

Brian Ortiz Captain


Captain Brian Ortiz 
Operations Division Commander
Regular Work Days: Monday - Friday (7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.), alternating Fridays (7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Phone: 626-574-5180
Email: bortiz@ArcadiaCA.gov

The Administration Division's primary purpose is to provide essential support for the basic operation of other sections in the Department and to properly maintain the police facility. Captain Paul Foley took command of the Division in 2016. Previously, he was the Commander of the Patrol Division since 2011. The Division is comprised of several sections, which provides specialized services to the agency. These sections include Investigations (Detective Bureau), Crime Analysis, Laboratory/Property and Evidence, Records Bureau, Jail Operations, Dispatch, Community Affairs, Personnel and Training, Youth Services, Cadet Training Program, Explorer Program, Communications, Volunteer Services, and Facility Maintenance.

View the Administration Division in the Arcadia Police Department's Organization Chart.

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Captain Paul Foley
Administration Division Commander
Regular Work Days: Monday - Thursday (7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Phone: 626-574-5179
Email: pfoley@ArcadiaCA.gov
Published: July 27, 2021