Today's Azusa Police Department
The city and the department are setting standards for other cities to follow.
A Great Place To Live, Work And Play
The city of Azusa is located about 24 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in beautiful Southern California. The city's total area is 9.7 square miles, and is at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains to the north, which is the entrance to the San Gabriel Canyon, hence the city's nickname, "The Canyon City."
Azusa's population, as of the 2011 census, is 46,678. Out of the 1523 cities in California, Azusa is the 190th most populated city. The median annual income in Azusa is about $52,000, and the average age of our residents is 29 years old.
Azusa's largest ethnicity is Hispanic at 67.6%, followed by White at 19.3%, and Asian at 8.4%.
Azusa is home to Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian university, and Dhammakaya Open University, a private Buddhist university. The Azusa Unified School District oversees 19 public schools, which cover grades K-12.
The Metrolink Gold Line public transportation railway is currently being constructed in Azusa. This service will offer quick transportation to downtown Los Angeles from Azusa. Expected completion time is September of 2015.
If you are looking for a beautiful new home in Los Angeles County, look no further. The Rosedale community in Azusa is one of the last cities developing a large master-planned community. With 6 neighborhoods, there are several developers making dreams a reality for families looking for a place to call home.
Continually Making Progress
Today, the department has 63 sworn police officers providing law enforcement services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers are assigned to positions such as street patrol, traffic enforcement, detectives and special enforcement. Additionally, officers may work a myriad of collateral duties, such as the Gang Specialist Unit, Tactical Flight Observer, Field Training Officer or Terrorism Liaison Officer, just to name a few.
The department has seen its challenges with the harsh economic conditions, however, due to proper planning by city and department leaders, no services have been impacted for our residents and business owners.
Our department is currently in the process of upgrading our public safety computer software, which allows everything from dispatching of calls to the writing of reports to be integrated into one seamless solution. With new regulations set forth by the Federal Communications Commission, the department's radio system will be upgraded in the near future. This upgrade will allow more secure and reliable communications.
In the latter part of 2012, the department began its design and development of an innovative social media program. Focusing on the feedback obtained from website users, the department set out on a goal to make communication with the department both informative and enjoyable for their visitors. The development of the department's Social Media Team allowed a custom, easily navigated website, and popular social media channels and tools, to be developed properly, and professionally.
In September of 2013, the department assigned a police officer to the Azusa Pacific University campus, thru a joint collaborative effort with the university and the city. The officer will be on campus to act as a liaison between the campus and the police department, complete investigations involving students and faculty, and manage critical incidents.