The Whittier Police Department's Administration Division handles a variety of vital tasks that support the overall operations of the organization:
Hiring new police officers is a very involved procedure. The recruiting officer is in charge of processing applicant through a tough selection process. The hiring process for a police officer position is made up of a written and physical agility test, oral interview, extensive background investigation, psychological test and evaluation, medical exams and a polygraph.
The training coordinator is in charge of directing on-going training for the entire department. Officers, dispatchers and civilian employees all attend training classes on a regular basis. Training is given in the form of classes, seminars and tactical exercises. The training coordinator also serves as the department's range master, coordinating all firearms training for sworn personnel.
Community Relations / Press Information
The Community Relations Officer is responsible for programs that deal with the general public, from seniors to pre-schoolers. Crime prevention programs include educating our residents and business community through "Business/Neighborhood Watch" and school programs to help them recognize and avoid criminal activity. From home protection, drug and gang education, and "Officer Ed" programs, the Community Relations Officer helps the Police Department and the community work towards the same goals of making the city a better and safer place to live. Media Relations is another facet of this assignment.
Grants / Special Project Management
The Whittier Police Department participates in the ongoing application and management of state and federal grants. Such grants fund programs, personnel and equipment. The Department's Management Analyst prepares applications, tracks spending and keeps records for all grant monies received.
Internal Affairs / Professional Standards
Visit the Internal Affairs page for more information about this very important function.
Lt. Aaron Ruiz