Simi Valley Police Department

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Simi Valley Police Department
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Simi Valley Police Department patch
Agency overview
Formed 1971
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Simi Valley in the state of California, United States
General nature
Operational structure
Officers 131
Unsworn members 65
Agency executive David Livingstone, Chief of Police
Stations 1
* 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 has 131 sworn officers and more than 65 support personnel.[1] Its patrol area covers more than 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. Initially funded by a federal grant, the department was a non-traditional police department. Officers wore blazers instead of traditional uniforms [2] and the rank structure was unlike tradition police departments. There were no detectives; instead officers investigated their own cases. [3]


Police cruiser at the Simi Valley Police Department, 2012.

The Chief of Police, who is appointed by the Simi Valley city manager, is charged with overseeing all law enforcement operations within the city limits. The department is divided into several divisions, with the Operations Division being the most visible to the public.

Operations Division[edit]

This division oversees the Patrol, Traffic, and Dispatch units. The Patrol Unit includes the Canine Program, Field Training Program, and Reserve Officer Program.

Investigative Division[edit]

This division oversees the Special Operations Unit, the Detective Unit, and the Criminal Intelligence Section. The Special Operations Unit includes the department's Gang Task Force. The Simi Valley Police SWAT team, composed of officers from across the department, is considered a part-time team, or an ancillary duty to an officer's primary assignment.

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Simi Valley Police Department, one officer has died while on duty.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chief's Message
  2. ^ "Exhibit depicts history of the Simi Valley Police". Simi Valley Acorn. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Berger, Leslie (July 30, 1989). "Law Officials See Simi Police Contract as Evidence of Professionalism". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  4. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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