Investigative Responsibilities

The General Detective Bureau of the Placentia Police Department is currently made up of a sergeant (supervisor), four detectives, two civilian investigators, and a crime analyst. The General Detectives are responsible for investigating crimes ranging from petty theft to homicide.

There are three separate branches of the General Detective Bureau, which include the Crimes Persons Unit, the Crimes Property Unit, and Miscellaneous Crimes.

Crimes Persons Unit

The Crimes Persons Unit investigates:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Criminal threats
  • Exhibition of a firearm or deadly weapon
  • False impersonation of another person
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Reckless discharge of firearms
  • Resisting arrest
  • Robbery

Crimes Property Unit

The Crimes Property Unit investigates:

  • Arson
  • Auto burglary
  • Auto theft
  • Grand theft
  • Residential burglary
  • Petty theft
  • Prowling
  • Trespassing

Miscellaneous Crimes Unit

The Miscellaneous Crimes Unit (civilian investigator) investigates:

  • Child abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Misdemeanor assaults
  • Missing persons
  • Rape
  • Threatening phone calls


The General Detective Bureau can be reached at (714) 993-8146.