Pacific Area is one of four Divisions of the LAPD’s Operations-West Bureau. Pacific Area is responsible for uniformed, investigative and community support services within its jurisdiction. Although there are specialized units and offices, Pacific Area is primarily organized into two divisions: patrol and detectives.
The Patrol Division is responsible for safeguarding the community against crime and hazardous conditions by repressing crime through uniformed patrol and traffic and law enforcement. Other functions include arrests, surveillance, preliminary investigations, reports and testifying.
The Pacific Operations Support Division assists the Area through preliminary investigations of specific enumerated crimes, and follow-up investigations of felony and misdemeanor crimes not cleared by arrest. The Detective Division also files criminal offenses with the District and City Attorneys offices.
Venice Beach SubStation
The Los Angeles Police Department’s beach SubStation is located in the heart of Venice Beach at 1530 W. Ocean Front Walk. Venice is "world famous" for its beach which draws crowds in excess of 500,000 during summer weekends. The Los Angeles Police Department maintains a highly visible police presence on the beach and strives to provide a safe and secure environment for residents and tourists alike. Due to the special needs of policing a beach environment, the Los Angeles Police Department has employed a number of innovative policing methods such as deploying officers in shorts and T-shirts, on bicycles and in 4x4 vehicles for use on the sand. While public safety remains an officers’ primary concern, personnel assigned to the beach detail are also responsible for crime suppression, vending enforcement issues and locating lost children in and around the Venice Beach area.
The Los Angeles Police Department LAX Substation is located at 802 World Way. The LAPD maintains a highly visible police presence at the airport and strives to provide a safe and secure environment for air travelers. The LAPD LAX Substation is not only responsible for the security and safety of the residents of the City of Los Angeles but also for the millions of national and international travelers who pass through the West Coast’s busiest airport each year. Officers assigned to the airport detail also participate in a variety of undercover activities to prevent narcotics trafficking and organized crime at the airport.