The Arcata Police Department is an efficient and professional organization with two major divisions, Operations and Youth and Family Services. The Police Department staff and volunteers take great pride in being an innovative organization with a community oriented, problem-solving approach to policing.
The Operations Division is led by a Police Captain. The Operations Division consists of Uniformed Patrol, Investigations, Park Rangers, Dispatch, Records, Parking Enforcement, and the Citizen Volunteer Patrol Program.
Police officers provide patrol coverage 24 hours-a-day/365 days-a-year. Patrol officers respond to approximately 30,000 calls for service a year. Nearly 40% of those calls occur within the downtown area of Arcata. Crimes involving the abuse of alcohol and drugs make up the majority of offenses.