The Field Operations Division is generally the first uniformed point of contact for persons seeking police service in the community, particularly during an emergency or if you have been the victim of a crime.
The Field Operations Division is a 24-hour per day operation and includes an authorized strength of 54 sworn officers and 5 non-sworn community service officers (not inclusive of those personnel assigned to the Traffic Education and Enforcement Unit). The budget for the unit is $3.9 million per year.
The Field Operations Division includes the following subunits within the Department:
- Patrol Operations
- Community Service Officers
- Field Training Operations
- School Resource Officer
- Positive Attendance Officer
- Reserve Officer Program
- Cadet Officer Program
- Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
- Division Training
Personnel assigned to patrol operations are responsible for responding to calls for service and in-progress crimes. Additionally, they participate in proactive crime prevention
projects and strategies, enforce applicable laws, and participate in community outreach efforts. They also assist probation and parole officers in managing persons who fall under their respective areas of responsibility.
Many officers in this Unit are responsible for collateral job duties including bicycle patrol, conducting alcohol and tobacco sting operations under the guidelines of the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, field training, and SWAT.
Community Service Officers
Community Service Officers (CSO’s) are non-sworn personnel who perform a number of vital roles within the Field Operations Division. CSO’s are trained to process crime scenes for evidence, to locate, gather, and evaluate latent fingerprints, and to conduct vehicle accident investigations. They are also involved in the removal of abandoned vehicles from the city streets and provide traffic control at accidents.
Field Training Operations
The assignment as Field Training Officers (FTO’s) is a collateral job function and one of the most important in the department. FTO’s are responsible for training new personnel hired as police officers. They work under the supervision of two field training sergeants and they serve as mentors to new employees. Applicants for the position of FTO must successfully complete an oral interview process, undergo peer and supervisory review of their ongoing job performance, and be appointed by the Chief of Police.
School Resource Officer
The School Resource Officer (SRO) maintains an office at the Yuba City High School and provides direct service to all schools in the Yuba City Unified School District. The SRO handles crime events that occur on the various school campuses, assists school officials with specific campus problems, and routinely interacts with students during lunch and when moving between classes, particularly at the high school. The SRO also coordinates security for special events that occur on school campuses after hours such as sporting events and dances. Because of the SRO’s close contact with youth in the community he also serves as one of the Department’s authorities on gang issues.
Reserve Officer Program
The Yuba City Police Department would not be able to adequately staff special community events or to provide sufficient personnel during saturation patrol projects without the valuable assistance of the Reserve Officers.
Reserve Officers are civic-minded citizens who want to provide a service to their community in a very real way. Reserve Officers attend the modular law enforcement training program at a certified law enforcement academy on their own time and at their own expense, going to classes during the evening and on weekends. They supplement the patrol officers on patrol and during special events and are every bit a part of the department’s enforcement strategy with full peace officer powers while acting in this capacity of service.
Cadet Officer Program
Cadet Officers are non-sworn personnel between the ages of 16 and 21 who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Like reserve officers, cadets assist with traffic control at special events, ride with patrol officers, assist with non-enforcement job duties and serve as decoys during undercover sting operations (after meeting stringent guidelines). The department currently employs several officers who were former cadets during high school. Upon graduation they went to college then returned and applied to be police officers.
Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.)
Participation in the Metro SWAT Team is a collateral job assignment that requires members to carry a pager and respond to emergencies when needed.
The SWAT Team is responsible for responding to and resolving high-risk events such as barricaded subjects, hostage situations, or the service of search and arrest warrants involving unusually dangerous or armed subjects.
The Yuba City Metro SWAT Team provides tactical support to the cities of Yuba City / Marysville and Beale Air Force Base (under a special arrangement with the U.S. Department of the Air Force and Department of Defense). Recently, the County of Yuba was added to the Team's area of responsibility. The team also responds to mutual aid requests made by other jurisdictions within the State.
The selection process for Metro SWAT involves a physical agility test, oral interview, peer and supervisory review of ongoing job performance, successful completion of the FBI basic SWAT course, and appointment by the Chief of Police. Personnel in this assignment must successfully complete a rigorous quarterly physical fitness test and attend monthly training sessions that include technical proficiencies, equipment operation, and firearms skills.
A lieutenant and sergeant manage all training for officers assigned to the Field Operations Division. They coordinate not only state mandated training required of all officers but specialized training relative to collateral duty assignments as well.
The Division also has what we call our “core courses;” training we feel all officers should receive in the first five years of their careers. They are basic accident investigation, interview and interrogation, emergency vehicle operations, radar user certification, and officer survival.