Area Command is an operational philosophy that is organized to address quality of life issues for residents and businesses, over a long-term basis. The objective is to provide a single point of contact for concerns including crime, traffic and other issues that may have an adverse impact on our stakeholders. The theory of the Area Command philosophy is that through more direct communication, accountability, professional responsibility, and strategic utilization of our limited resources, an Area Command philosophy will provide more enhanced community policing activities. The Area Command is not a replacement of our current patrol services or the community policing activities that occur on a day-to-day basis.

Reports of crimes and activity the police needs to be aware of and address and are occurring now or recently, should all be directed to our dispatch center.  Emergencies should be reported to 9-1-1, and all other calls for service should be reported to our 24-hour dispatch number, (562) 594-7232.

The Area Command model adds to the day-to-day community policing activities conducted by officers while working their patrol and detective assignments. The Area Command model enables a more granular control of responsibility by incorporating all four patrol sergeants into the model, allowing a geographically narrow scope of monitoring and control of problem solving activities.


The Area Command philosophy divides the City into four areas, each of which will include single and multi family residential areas, commercial areas, and schools. An assigned Sergeant, and a Team normally including one Corporal, and one or more Officers, and utilizing various units within the department such as Traffic and Detectives, will be responsible for a geographic area and also to coordinate responses with other geographic teams to address long-term issues impacting the quality of lives of those who live, work and visit our community.


Below you will find a general description that outlines the various areas.  Each area has a webpage with a map to help facilitate identifying the area in which you live, work or have a question or concern about.  Each area has an email forward which will reach each of its team members, in addition to that Area Commander’s telephone number.

Check the menu for the Area Command page which corresponds with the area number in which you have an interest.

Area One – This is generally the west side of the City, including Old Town West, Old Town East, Oak Middle School and Los Alamitos High School, and the commercial areas surrounding these neighborhoods.

Area Two – This is generally the north and northeast side of the City, including College Park North, Greenbrook, the central portion of Apartment Row, McAuliffe Middle School and Los Alamitos Elementary School, and the commercial areas surrounding these neighborhoods.

Area Three – This is generally the southwest side of the City, including The Rossmoor Highlands, Old Dutch Haven, Suburbia, the west portion of Apartment Row, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and the commercial areas surrounding these neighborhoods.

Area Four – This is generally the southeast side of the City, including Carrier Row, New Dutch Haven, the east portion of Apartment Row, the Joint Forces Training Base, and the commercial areas surrounding these neighborhoods.

Area Command

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