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Bureau of Field Operations
The Bureau of Field Operations is the largest component of the Oakland Police Department. Patrol personnel provide day-to-day police services that include response to emergency and non-emergency calls for service and critical incidents, conducting preliminary investigations and evidence collection, engaging in community-oriented problem solving, and crime-fighting efforts.
In addition to patrol officers, community policing officers, crime response team officers, neighborhood enhancement team officers, foot patrol officers, police service technicians, and police evidence technicians are all a part of the Bureau of Field Operations team.
The Bureau of Field Operations is divided in two:
- BFO One is commanded by Deputy Chief David Downing and consists of Area 1, Area 2, and Area 3.
- BFO Two is commanded by Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw and consists of Area 4, Area 5, and Support Operations.
Scroll down for more information about BFO One and BFO Two.
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Find Your Area
The Bureau of Field Operations provides day-to-day police services, including response to emergency and non-emergency calls, preliminary investigations and evidence collection, community-oriented problem solving, and crime-fighting efforts.
Click on map below to see a map showing the five Police Areas.
An interactive version of the Oakland Police Areas map is accessible here. By entering any Oakland address, you can learn its Police Area and Community Policing Beat.
Each Area has its own webpage, accessible through the links below.
Find Your Officer - Map & Directory
If you would like to find the officer who is assigned to your neighborhood or business location, use this Community Policing Beat Map of the City to find what area and beat you live in. You can enlarge the map to read street names.
Problem-solving officers have been assigned to work with community members to help solve neighborhood issues. The Problem-Solving Officer Directory lists the commanding sergeant and specific problem-solving officer assigned to every community policing beat and corresponding Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils.
Support Operations Division
The Support Operations Division is led by Captain Darren Allison. Support Operations consists of:
Under the management of Lt. Chris Mufarreh, Oakland Animal Services has the dual responsibility of protecting people and pets. The Animal Services enforcement team maintains public safety by enforcing Oakland's animal laws including loose nuisance, license compliance, spay/neuter, barking, cruelty, and neglect. The AS shelter team also promotes the human/animal bond through the goal of finding permanent new homes for 100% of the strays entering the shelter. The Animal Services division is tasked with promoting spay/neuter and with educating the public regarding responsible pet ownership.
Oakland Animal Services
Phones are answered 9am - 11am Monday - Friday. You may leave a message during other times or call (510) 777-3333 for Field Service.
Special Operations Section
Under the command of Lieutenant Nishant Joshi, the Special Operations Section provides the Department with expertise, selection processes, training and specialized equipment. Special Operations coordinates a variety of specialized units within the Department, including:
- Air Support Unit - Provides aerial surveillance to assist in ground searches, high-speed vehicle pursuits, foot chases, and large area searches and also assists the Oakland Fire Department by locating unreported fires.
- Alcoholic Beverage Action Team - Licenses, inspects and conducts enforcement operations at all alcohol and tobacco establishments within the City; responds to citizen complaints regarding nuisance bars and stores.
- Canine Program - Staffs, trains, and equips the Department’s police canines (patrol canines and narcotic detection canines) to enhance the safety of officers and citizens.
- Marine Program - Provides security for the Estuary and Port of Oakland facilities, conducting critical infrastructure inspections, underwater searches with side-scan sonar, and underwater ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) searches.
- Reserve Program - Provides volunteer support to the Department by supplementing full-time patrol officers in BFO 1 and BFO 2 and in the Marine Program.
- Special Events Unit - Works with professional sports and entertainment/festival organizations to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone who attends and/or participates. In general, any organized activity that impacts City services, or that uses/affects public property, public facilities, sidewalks, or street areas is considered a special event and requires a permit (go to the Special Events Services page for more details).
- Tactical Operations Team Program - Conducts tactical interventions during critical and high-risk incidents or when specially trained personnel or equipment are required (e.g., barricaded suspects, hostage rescue, mobile intercepts, high risk search/arrest warrants, and crowd control).
Traffic Operations Section
Under the command of Lieutenant Peter Lau, the Traffic Operations Section focuses on vehicle enforcement and traffic safety. Traffic Operations provides support to area commanders through traffic enforcement (motor vehicle violations and DUI checkpoints), traffic investigations, and vehicle abatement (see Vehicle Services for more details). Traffic Operations receives traffic concerns from a variety of sources, including community members, accident data, and officer observations. In 2012, the City’s Parking Enforcement was moved to Departmental authority and placed under the Traffic Operations Section.