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Communications

wescomsealCommunication services for the Cypress Police Department is provided by West Communications Center. West Communications Center is the consolidated police communications center that was created by a joint powers agreement between the Cities of Cypress, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach.

The center was created to reduce costs to each city while providing a higher level of service. West Communications Center operates out of a state of the art facility using technology such as a Vesta 911 system and a Motorola computer based radio system.

West-Comm is staffed with full time police dispatchers and supervisors; all of whom are trained professionals dedicated to providing the highest level of public safety communications to the community. Dispatchers serve as the primary link between the public and the Police Officers in the field. They receive emergency telephone calls and assist citizens with requests for service and general inquiries. Each call is evaluated and the appropriate Public Safety personnel are dispatched to handle the situation. www.west-comm.org

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Patrol Bureau

patrol_3_23_15The Operations Division is the largest and most visible division of the Cypress Police Department. Operations consists of uniformed patrol officers, our canine program, traffic, jail operations, and S.W.A.T.

Patrol officers are responsible for policing Cypress 24/7, 365 days per year. Patrol officers respond to calls for service, including emergency calls, and are also responsible for initiating contacts with citizens, enforcing criminal laws and traffic violations, training new officers, and attending various community events. In most circumstances, patrol officers handle the initial investigation into crimes and other incidents and conduct follow up investigation as necessary.

Each patrol vehicle is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including a high-tech MDC (Mobile Data Computer) which allows each patrol officer to have immediate access to a wide variety of state, regional, and local computer systems, as well as real-time geographical mapping and computer aided dispatching.

patrol_3The city is divided into geographical beat areas, with officers assigned to each beat. Patrol officers work a 3/12 type of a schedule, and are assigned to one of four patrol teams. Each patrol team is supervised by a patrol Watch Commander.

Personnel assigned to this division take a problem solving, team approach to police work using principles of Community Oriented Policing. This style of policing utilizes partnerships with other city departments (i.e. Code Enforcement, Community Development, and Public Works) and more importantly the community, to solve problems within Cypress. It is the goal of the Operations Division to provide a safe environment for citizens and visitors to live, work and play.


Traffic Safety

15_trafficThe Traffic Unit is responsible for the enforcement of state and local traffic laws through motorcycle patrol, traffic collision investigation, follow up on hit and run collisions, and traffic control. Other duties include: selective traffic enforcement for identified problem violations, DUI and drivers license checkpoints.

traffic_3_23_15Educating the community on traffic safety issue is an important element of the Traffic Unit’s service delivery. Members of this unit participate in speaking engagements and presentations to schools, civic groups, and businesses on topics of traffic safety, collision prevention, and other relevant topics. Traffic officers work closely with traffic engineers to analyze and identify areas in the city where traffic control devices, roadway conditions or other factors can improve traffic flow and safety. Motorcycle officers in the Traffic Unit also train motorcycle officers from other police departments on proper riding techniques and enforcement strategy. The Cypress Police Department Traffic Unit has been a leading member of the Orange County Traffic Officer Association and has been instrumental in locating, implementing and advocating for the use of dedicated safety gear for the motorcycle officer.

traffic5_410The motor officers are members of an Orange County multi-agency task force conducting monthly checkpoints emphasizing DUI enforcement, seat belt use, and driver’s license regulations. In addition, the Traffic Unit participates in a regional traffic collision investigation team that is tasked with the investigation and reconstruction of major injury and fatal traffic collisions for the cities of Cypress, Seal Beach, and Los Alamitos. This team has been commended by the District Attorney’s office and various other collision reconstruction organizations for their dedicated service and meticulous investigations.

The Traffic Unit is proud of their exemplary history of traffic education and enforcement. If you should have any questions or would like more information about the Traffic Unit, please call us or email us using the information listed below.

Sergeant Brian Healy, bhealy@ci.cypress.ca.us, (714) 229-6619.


Mobile Command Unit

mobile_command1As part of the cities emergency preparedness, a Mobile Command Post vehicle was purchased in 2007 utilizing Homeland Security grant funds. The vehicle is co-owned by the cities of Cypress, Seal Beach and Los Alamitos. The team is comprised of a team manager (Cypress sergeant), assistant manager (Seal Beach officer) and 10 other employees/volunteers from the three agencies including one dispatcher from West Cities Communications. The team is known as the West Orange County Urban Area Mobile Command Post Team. Two members staff the vehicle each time it is called out for either a preplanned event or emergency response.

mobile_command2The vehicle, a 2006 40’ Freightliner M2 truck with a customized work area, was built by LDV, Inc. out of Burlington, Wisconsin. The work area was built into three compartments: Communications section, command and control, and logistics. The vehicle has specialized communications equipment and computer systems, all to help sustain field operations in the event of a prolonged emergency incident. All systems within the vehicle were built with redundancy in mind on the chance one system fails.

The vehicle is also equipped with a 42’ telescoping mast with a pan, tilt, zoom camera mounted on the top along with communications antennas. The vehicle has an elaborate video distribution system with multiple ways of bringing in local and national news channels. It’s also equipped with a PBX phone system that has multiple ways of getting telephone connectivity. A data satellite system is also in place for internet connectivity. A 42” SMARTBoard serves as the command and control board for mapping of events and special operations.

The vehicle is also equipped with an 800 MHz radio system, along with conventional radios for interoperability with surrounding Counties and HAM radio operators. There are three work-stations within the communications section that are set up for full dispatch capabilities. Each station is equipped with dual displays, headset jacks and foot pedals.

mobile_command3On the outside of the vehicle, there is another full work-station equipped with communications equipment and a large-screen display connected to a computer system. Command staff can operate from this position or from inside the command room. A galley with a 30-cup coffee maker, microwave and wash sink is also available for personnel working the long incidents.

The team has been called out for many incidents within the three-city jurisdictions as well as in the County of Orange. Most notable deployments include the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2007 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, serving as a temporary full-functioning dispatch center for all three cities during a communications center remodel project, all SWAT callouts and DUI checkpoints, and annual events such as the 4th of July celebration at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Seal Beach, and the Community Festival in Cypress.


K-9 Unit

k9_2The Police Service Dog Program was established to augment police services to the community. Highly skilled and trained teams of handlers and Police Service Dogs (PSD) have evolved from the program and are used to supplement police operations to locate and apprehend criminal offenders.

The Cypress PSD Program consists of two officers and two police service dogs. The officers are referred to as handlers and are selected after completing a through interview process. Along with their canine partner, they must complete and pass a 240 hour training course prior to working with the dog on the street.

k9"Pasko" and Officer McBain have been together since April 2014. "Pasko" is a pure-bred, German Shepherd and was born April 28, 2011, in the Country of Germany. After three years of extensive training overseas, "Pasko" was imported to this country where he was trained in police work with a concentration in handler protection, criminal apprehension, tracking, and searching for articles.

"Sem" and Officer Mondon have been together since May 2012. "Sem" is a pure-bred, German Shepherd and was born March 26, 2008, in the Netherlands. After two years of extensive training in the Netherlands, "Sem" was imported to this country where he was trained in handler protection, criminal apprehension, tracking and searching for articles. In May 2012, "Sem" and Officer Mondon received instruction in narcotics detection.

Listed below are answers to some frequently asked questions about our Police Service Dog Program:

Where do the dogs come from?
Our current police dogs are from Europe. They are acquired from the breeder by a professional training academy, from which the police department purchases the dog.

Are the dogs already trained?
Usually, we receive the dog(s) when they are approximately two years old. The breeder has already established the fundamentals associated with obedience, protection and tracking. With the assistance of the professional training academy, the handler and dog learn to work with one another, while at the same time fine tuning both of their skills. Do the dogs live with the handler? Yes. Each handler is responsible for the care and welfare of the dog. The dog(s) stay at the handler’s home as if they were their own dog, but are not allowed to interact with the general public when not on-duty.

Doesn’t the dog get hot in the back of the police car?
No. The canine police cars are outfitted with special equipment to keep the dog as comfortable as possible. The rear compartment of the car consists of a carpeted platform, insuring the dog is secure, has plenty of room to move around and is able to maintain balance. A water bowl is also located in this area. Should the interior of the vehicle reach an unsafe temperature, an alarm will sound and the windows will automatically be lowered. Special air conditioning tubes provide cool air to this portion of the car.

Are the dogs friendly?
Yes. The dogs are friendly but you should never approach any dog without first asking permission from the owner. Our dogs can be pet with the handlers’ permission and on occasion they are available for public demonstrations, school assemblies and other events.


Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.)

swat_logoThe West County Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.) is the result of a regionalized effort combining the resources of the Cypress, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Westminster Police Department’s. This regional approach provides improved police services to critical incidents for all of the participating cities.

West County S.W.A.T. enhances critical response by combining tactical operators (S.W.A.T.), Tactical Emergency Medical Services (T.E.M.S.), Crisis Negotiation Teams (C.N.T.) and Tactical Dispatch services.

swat3_410The West County S.W.A.T. Team is a resource trained to respond to violent, critical incidents that require specialized training and equipment. West County S.W.A.T. utilizes tactics that may resolve hazardous operations with an emphasis on safety to citizens, officers, and suspects.

Officers assigned to West County S.W.A.T. are required to meet rigorous standards in the areas of physical fitness, mental discipline and weapons use. Members must be able to successfully carry out a tactical operation plan under highly stressful and adverse conditions. An often asked question is whether or not the S.W.A.T. Team is a full time assignment. The answer is no. All involved personnel do so as a collateral duty assignment and must complete a battery of tests to qualify for a position on the team.

swat2_410The primary goal of the West County S.W.A.T. Team is risk reduction and the protection of life and property. This is accomplished through extensive and continuous training of personnel, through the application of established policies, and through the implementation of sound tactics and operational procedures.

We are often asked why does Cypress need a S.W.A.T Team. The team is utilized to execute high-risk search and arrest warrants. Additionally, situations involving hostages, entry into a building involving armed subjects, active shooter or sniper incidents, riotous crowds, and extended negotiations with an armed subject help reduce the risk to the community and protect life and property.

swat1_410West County S.W.A.T. is made up of nine elements:

Primary Entry Team - Primary purpose is to enter and secure a structure in either a dynamic or a covert fashion. The Entry Team is typically utilized as a last resort, with the exception of a deliberate pre-planned entry such as a narcotics search warrant service. The primary entry team is a deliberate entry team.

Crisis Entry Team - Primary purpose is to pre-stage near the target location ready to provide immediately entry while a deliberate plan is being developed, and practiced by the Primary Entry Team.

React Team - Primary purpose is to be prepared for any sudden or unanticipated action by the suspect. This team provides both lethal and less-than-lethal options immediately to the front of the target location. React will also serve as an arrest team should the suspect choose to surrender early on. This team will also provide intelligence gathering and communications relay from their containment position.

Long Rifle Team - Primary purpose is to be prepared to resolve a crisis situation by means of a well placed shot. Secondary purpose is ongoing real-time intelligence gathering and reporting. In order for them to accomplish their primary purpose, they must not be assigned activities that take them out of position or off their guns. They can accomplish their secondary purpose while in position and on their guns.

Containment Team - Primary purpose is to contain the scene and to prevent the suspect from escaping. The Containment Team may provide other support such as gas deployment, breaching and porting, or providing a secondary entry point.

Waterborne Team - Primary purpose is to be prepared to resolve a crisis situation that is located in water. West County S.W.A.T. is responsible for one harbor and several miles of shoreline. This team is proficient in all S.W.A.T. team tactics as well as being S.C.U.B.A. certified.

Specialty Team - The Specialty Team provides support such as gas deployment, breaching and porting, evacuation, phone and other item delivery, vehicle disabling, delivery of LSDD, scout/recon or providing a secondary entry point.

Tactical Dispatch - The duties and responsibilities of a Tactical Dispatcher are extensive. Each Tactical Dispatcher is specially trained and responsible for responding to and supporting the field operations units involved in high-risk incidents.

Crisis Negotiations Team - The West County SWAT Team operates under the known fact that most critical incidents will be resolved through negotiation tactics. The West County SWAT Team will support negotiations and ensure that a strong working relationship is maintained with the Crisis Negotiations Team.