The El Monte Police Department Patrol Division is made up of four Lieutenants, seven Sergeants, nine corporals and fifty one Police Officers. A patrol officer, during their 12.5 hour patrol shift, can handle a variety of radio calls including emergency in progress radio calls to quality of life issues.
Each officer is assigned to a Patrol Team for a four month period. An officer has a choice to work on two Day Shift Teams, two Swing Shift Teams, two Graveyard Teams or a Cover Team. The Cover Team works one day of all three shifts in their work week. Each officer is also assigned to work a 10 hour payback shift each month.
Many officers are crossed trained and perform their ten hour payback in the following specialized units:
- Aero Bureau
- Special Enforcement Response Team
- Gang Unit
- Horse Patrol
- Community Relations Office
The El Monte Police Department has divided the City of 9.67 square miles into five geographic beats. Each officer assigned to a beat is responsible to enforce all laws and preventing crime from occurring. The officers take Community Oriented Policing to a new level by working with these residents on improving the quality of life issues within their Reporting Districts.
A Patrol Officer, at the beginning of their shift, checks out a police unit from our police fleet that includes Ford Explorers and Crown Victoria patrol units. They have a choice of less lethal tools that includes, pepperball launchers, tasers, 40mm projectile launchers, and beanbag shotguns. In addition, they are issued a Benelli 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun and can check out an AR-15 rifle. Patrol Officers are provided with specialized training to help them while working as a patrol officer. All officers are encouraged to work with the residents of El Monte to provide a safe environment.