Simi Valley Police Department
|Simi Valley Police Department|
|Simi Valley Police Department patch|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of Simi Valley in the state of California, United States|
|Agency executive||Mitch McCann, Chief of Police|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Simi Valley Police Department (SVPD) is the police department of the city of Simi Valley, California. The department currently has 131 sworn officers, and more than 65 support personnel. The department has a patrol area that covers over 47 square miles.
The police department was founded in 1971, shortly after the incorporation of Simi Valley in 1969. Its original name was Simi Valley Community Safety Agency. The department was far from a traditional police department. Officers wore blazers instead of traditional uniforms, as it was initially funded by a federal grant. The rank structure was unlike tradition police departments. There was no detectives, officers investigated their own cases.
The Chief of Police is appointed by the Simi Valley city manager, and is charged with overseeing all law enforcement duties within the city limits. The department is divided into several divisions, with the Operations Division being the most visible to the public.
This division of the department oversees the Patrol, Traffic, and Dispatch units. The Patrol Unit includes the Canine Program, Field Training Program, and Reserve Officer Program.
This division oversees the Special Operations Unit, Detective Unit, and Criminal Intelligence Section. The Special Operations Unit includes the departments Gang Task Force. The Simi Valley Police SWAT team is composed of officers from across the department, and is considered a "part-time" team, or an ancillary duty to an officer's primary assignment.
Since the establishment of the Simi Valley Police Department, 1 officer has died in the line of duty.
|Officer||Date of Death||Details|
|Officer Michael Frederick Clark||
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