Piedmont Police Operations Division

Overview

Captain Bowers oversees the Operations of the Piedmont Police Department with includes Patrol, Traffic Enforcement, Investigations and Animal Control Services. The Operations Division of the Piedmont Police Department is tasked with providing primary policing services to the community.

Patrol

Patrol is the most visible component of the Piedmont Police Department as it delivers professional police services to those that live, work and play in Piedmont. Four teams made up of a sergeant and three officers respond to calls for service, engage in proactive policing to reduce crime, and connect and collaborate with the community it serves in non-enforcement, community bridge-building ways. Patrol personnel are also assigned to collateral assignments such as Field Training Officer Program, Traffic Enforcement Officer, Anti-Terrorism Liaison, Bicycle Patrol, police training instructor positions, Reserve Coordinator and Police Explorer Advisor.

Traffic Enforcement

Traffic officers are primarily involved in the enforcement of traffic laws (Vehicle Code and Municipal Code), responding to traffic-related complaints, and the investigation of vehicle collisions. However, Traffic Officers are police officers, usually assigned to motorcycle-based patrol and their exceptional maneuverability with their motorcycles allows them to be of great utility in searching for suspects and getting to places quickly through traffic. Traffic Officers are specially trained to provide additional services, such as speed surveys, child safety seat inspections, speed advisory sign placement, collision report review, collision statistical compilation and analysis, and traffic safety school instructor.

When Traffic Officers are not available, Patrol Officers have traffic responsibilities and will take accident reports, respond to traffic related complaints, and enforce vehicle violations.

Investigations

The Investigations Unit is made up of one full-time Detective and one part-time, per diem, Detective. Detectives perform follow-up investigations on crimes after an initial responding officer has conducted preliminary criminal investigation, collected evidence and contacted potential witnesses. Follow-up investigations include contacting people to clarify facts, acquire additional fact and/or evidence, facilitate technical and laboratory work, and to ensure accurate and thorough documentation has occurred. Finally, the Detectives work closely with the Alameda County District Attorneys’ Office in the prosecution of criminal complaints. Detectives receive training in their area of specialization in addition to cross training in other areas. Questions involving active investigations should be directed to the Detective assigned to your case. You may reach Detective Willie Wright at (510) 420-3013 and Detective Bob Coffey at (510) 420-3015.

Animal Control

The Piedmont Animal Control Officers are responsible for enforcement of all state laws and city ordinances relating to animals, including pick up and transportation of sick or injured animals, investigation of barking dog complaints, issuing citations or warnings for leash and licensing violations, capturing feral cats, and investigating cases of animal cruelty.

An animal control officer is on-duty to issue dog licenses Wednesdays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A Dog License & Off Leash Permit Application is available on the City’s website or available at the Police Department. A dog license may be obtained by mail. Mail the application with proof of vaccination from your veterinarian to the Police Department.

Dog owners must clean up after their dogs in the parks as well as on the streets and sidewalks. Litter disposal bags are available, free of charge, in each city park.

All dogs in Piedmont must be leashed when in public, unless the pet has a permit tag to use designated off-leash recreation areas. You may apply for a special Off-Leash Permit for your pet, which can be used at Blair Park, Dracena Park, Linda Park Off-Leash Area, and Piedmont Park.

For further information, or for animal services assistance, contact the Animal Control Officers at (510) 420-3006. For urgent animal assistance call (510) 420-3000.