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Specialty Units

From specially trained SWAT officers training to rescue people to ensuring students have peaceful days at school, the officers assigned to the various specialty units of the Azusa Police Department are highly trained.

There are certain assignments, crimes and incidents which require the expertise of specially trained personnel. Once trained, the officers working these assignments are focused to ensure their mission is effective, and constantly strive to improve the effectiveness of their units.

SWAT Team

SWAT officers check a buildingThe Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team is comprised of officers who have competed and been selected to become members of this highly trained unit. Team members are required to pass a rigerous physical agility test every year, and frequently conduct range training consisting of various scenarios utilizing a multitude of weapons and tactics.

SWAT Team members must successfully pass a California POST certified basic SWAT training course before being allowed to respond to any SWAT calls.

The SWAT Team responds to calls which require special tools, weapons and/or tactics, such as:

  • Barricade or Hostage Situations
  • High Risk Search or Arrest Warrants
  • High Profile Dignitary Protection Details
  • Emergency Rescue Operations

School Resource Officer

The Azusa Police Department provides a School Resource Officer (SRO) at the Azusa High School during the school year. The duties of the SRO are:

  • Investigate crimes involving students, faculty and staff
  • Respond and handle critical incidents
  • Investigate and handle truancy violations
  • Participate in SARB meetings
  • Patrol the campus

To contact the SRO, please call (626) 815-3420.

University Resource Officer

The University Resource Officer (URO) is assigned to Azusa Pacific University. This officer is responsible for augmenting the university's Department of Campus Safety, and provides assistance and guidance to any issues they may encounter. The URO acts as a liaison between the university, the Azusa Police Department and the City of Azusa. Additional duties conducted by the URO are:

  • Investigate crimes involving students, faculty and staff
  • Respond and handle critical incidents
  • Work with the university's administrators in creating a safe and secure campus
  • Provide presentations to students, faculty and staff 
  • Patrol the campus on foot, bike or vehicle

The URO can be contacted at (626) 815-2547.

Field Training Officer 

An FTO speaks with a traineeField Training Officers are responsible for forging the future of the Azusa Police Department. These officers, known as FTO's, train newly hired officers once they have graduated the academy. After attending a special training course which instructs FTO's various teaching and evaluation skills, FTO's are charged with ensuring new officers:

  • Conduct daily operations in a safe and efficient manner
  • Are tactically proficient
  • Enforce laws in a judicial, professional and ethical manner
  • Demonstrate their ability to follow policies, procedures and laws
  • Respond appropriately to various levels of stress and calls for service
  • Make decisions in the best interest of the community, department, victims, witnesses and suspects

Gang Specialist Unit

The Gang Specialist Unit consists of officers and supervisors whose collateral duties include the investigation of gang related crimes and activities, such as:

  • Graffiti and vandalism
  • Violent crimes
  • Thefts