Patrol

Patrol Division CommanderCaptain Oscar Garcia

Captain Garcia began his career with the El Monte Police Department in 1998. He came to HBPD in 2007. He holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the California State University of Los Angeles and a master's degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Azusa Pacific University. He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.  

As an Officer, he worked a variety of assignments, including Patrol, Beach Detail, Gangs, Narcotics, SWAT, and Arrest and Control Instructor. 

After his promotion to Sergeant in 2012, Captain Garcia worked in Patrol, Beach Detail, Narcotics/Gangs/Vice, and SWAT, and as an ACT Instructor. 

He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2016. He worked as a Watch Commander, the Executive Officer to the Patrol Captain, and managed the SRO program and the K9 unit, the Special Investigations Bureau Commander, Mobile Field Force Commander, and SWAT Commander. 

Captain Garcia was promoted to Captain on January 7, 2023, and currently serves as the Patrol Division Commander. 

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The Patrol Division of the police department is the largest of the five divisions and has the greatest number of personnel assigned to it. Within the Patrol Division are Patrol Officers, Canine Unit, and the Bicycle Unit. The officers assigned to this division drive marked police cars and bicycles.

Patrol Division officers work with the citizens to solve problems in their neighborhoods. This is called Community Oriented Policing. The officers are assigned to specific geographical area known as a "beat" for an entire shift deployment. This allows officers to become familiar with the citizens in the area as well as identify crime trends. 

The City of Huntington Beach is divided into eight beat areas. These areas are assigned a sufficient number of officers to provide coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

The Bicycle Unit is able to handle directed enforcement needs, resolve quality of life issues, and provide high visibility patrol in areas not accessible by car.