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Community Police Academy:
The Community Police Academy was created to assist the public in learning about Police Department operations and to provide an opportunity for students to meet the men and women who provide law enforcement services in our City.

The Community Police Academy’s curriculum is designed to provide an inside look at how Patrol, Traffic, Vice and Narcotics, Gang Suppression, Robbery and Homicide Investigation, and Forensics function.

Various Police Department bureaus provide demonstrations, such as the Canine Unit, SWAT Team and firearms instructors. Academy participants can also join in a ride- along program with police officers and observe actual field calls while out on patrol.

Citizens Assisting Police & RACES Volunteers:
Completion of the Community Police Academy is a requirement as a qualification to become a member of the Department’s Citizens Assisting Police (“CAPs”) Volunteer Program.

Since 1994, the CAPs program has continued to exceed over 40 volunteers each year. Another part of our volunteer program is the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (“RACES”) volunteers.

CAPs and RACES are often called in time of emergencies, ranging from traffic control at major traffic accident scenes, or canvassing the City in search of critical missing persons. The volunteers have also been involved with the Neighborhood Improvement Task Force since its inception, and assist in the Investigations Bureau.

Their valuable help makes a variety of events and details a success. CAPs and RACES assist the Police Department in many other ways by helping out with special events, vacation home checks, station tours, Parks and Recreation functions, DUI checkpoints, evidence searches, processing citations and other necessary documents throughout the Police Department, as well as the City’s annual Silverado Days festivities and at the Police Department’s annual Open House.

Each year, our CAPs and RACES volunteer over 12,000 hours to the Police Department and the Buena Park Community. Their selfless contribution over the years has made the CAPs and RACES programs integral components to the operations of the Buena Park Police Department.

The Buena Park Police Explorer Post 474 is a group of over 40 young men and women, between the ages of 14 and 21, who are interested in community service and a career in law enforcement. A Buena Park Police Sergeant administers the Explorer Program and is assisted by several police officers serving as volunteer advisors.

Explorers attend a high-energy, four-day Explorer Academy within one year of joining the Explorer Post. Explorers also receive year-round instruction and training at the police station, which includes inspections, physical development, and a basic understanding of police service and the duties entailed.

Many Explorers continue on with the Department as part-time employees and even sworn police officers.

Much like the CAPs, the Explorers offer many benefits to the Police Department and the community, such as: providing traffic control at large city and community events, providing security at local school functions and helping allied agencies.

The Buena Park Police Department Explorer Post provides hundreds of community service hours to our City and surrounding local communities. The lessons in leadership, responsibility, and service provide a life-long benefit to each member.

To enroll in the Community Police Academy, become a member of Explorer Post 474 or inquire about becoming a CAPs or RACES Volunteer, please contact Lorie Nasman with the Crime Prevention Unit at (714) 562-3993 or lnasman@bppd.com. To begin the process of enrollment for the Community Police Academy, download the Community Police Academy Application online and contact the Crime Prevention Unit.
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Buena Park Police

The Buena Park Police Department proudly serves a community of almost 82,000 residents. It has the strength of 85 sworn police officers and 36 professional staff members, and handles well over 47,000 police incidents annually, of which approximately 33,000 are dispatched calls for service.

The Police Department is comprised of three divisions which operate under the direction and management of the Chief of Police.  Each division contains unique and specialized bureaus and units responsible for overseeing and maintaining the programs of the Police Department.

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almost 3 years
2018 National Night Out
Join the Buena Park Police Department for National Night Out! National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community camaraderie to make our City safer. Target is a big sponsor for this event and it will be held in their parking lot at 7530 Orangethorpe Avenue, on August 7th, 2018 from 5 PM to 7 PM. Additional sponsors and city services will be present. We hope to see you there! ... Read more
almost 4 years
"JUGGING" Crimes Increase
Recently, we have seen an increase in reports of vehicle burglaries in which victims are stalked after withdrawing large sums of money from banks. The victims drive to a secondary location where their cars are burglarized and the money is taken. These banks follow vehicle burglaries are part of a crime trend called "jugging".
The crime appears to have originated in the Texas area and made its way west. Many suspects that have been arrested or identified are from the Texas area. Suspects typically drive rental vehicles with tinted windows and out of state license plates or no plates at all.

We advise bank customers to always be aware of your surroundings. Avoid carrying "money bags" in plain view, don't leave cash or other items of value in your vehicle, and be alert to any suspicious activity. If you notice someone watching you, following you, or looking suspicious, call police immediately.

If you have been a victim and have not reported the incident, please call the Buena Park Police Department non-emergency line at 714-562-3901.
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almost 4 years
Coffee with a Cop!
Join your neighbors and Police Officers for coffee and conversation!
about 4 years
2017 Open House
The City of Buena Park and the Buena Park Police Department will be holding our annual Open House on May 20, 2017, from 11:00-2:00. We will have City Hall tours, police station tours, demonstrations, and static displays, giving you a chance to see what we do and how we do it. You can also meet our wonderful personnel!

It is FREE to attend! We hope to see you there!
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over 4 years
7th Annual Relay For Life Golf Tournament
The City of Buena Park and the Buena Park Police Department are proud to host our 7th Annual, Relay for Life Golf Tournament, at the beautiful Los Coyotes Country Club, in Buena Park.

This tourname nt benefits the American Cancer Society, who will receive ALL proceeds for cancer research!

Not a golfer but still want to contribute? Not a problem! In addition to seeking golfers, we are also seeking sponsorships! See the flyer for the different levels of sponsorships available. You can also attend the "19th Hole Wrap up Party Dinner" at 4pm for $35.00.
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over 4 years
7th Annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament
The City of Buena Park and the Buena Park Police Department are proud to host our 7th Annual, Relay for Life Golf Tournament, at the beautiful Los Coyotes Country Club, in Buena Park.

This tourname nt benefits the American Cancer Society, who will receive ALL proceeds for cancer research!

Not a golfer but still want to contribute? Not a problem! In addition to seeking golfers, we are also seeking sponsorships! See the flyer for the different levels of sponsorships available. You can also attend the "19th Hole Wrap up Party Dinner" at 4pm for $35.00.
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over 4 years
Buena Park 2016 Community Police Academy
The Buena Park Police Department is holding a two day Citizen's Academy, taking place on December 3rd and 10th. This program is designed to provide our citizens with an opportunity to see the inner wo rkings of the police department and how it functions.

Participants will get to meet the Chief of Police and members from each bureau of the department and learn what their functions are. This program is also a pre-requisite for our Community Assisting Police (CAPs) volunteer program.

Participants will be required to pass a preliminary background review and must be at least 18 years old. Applications can be completed or picked up at the police department. Questions can be directed to Crime Prevention Officer Jessica Lopez at 714-562-3993 or Sergeant Mike Lovchik at 714-562-3915
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almost 5 years
Buena Park Police and Beast Cancer Awareness
We just received another shipment of Pink Patches which will be worn by our officers during the month of October to help support breast cancer awareness. The patches are being sold to the public for $ 10 each.

As a reminder, you can own your Buena Park Police Department October Pink Patch by either visiting the front lobby of the Buena Park Police Department, or sending a self-addressed stamp envelope to:

Pink Patch Project
6640 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park CA 90621

Checks should be made payable to the Buena Park Police Association.
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over 5 years
BP Police to conduct April DUI Checkpoints
The Buena Park Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on April 22, 2016, at the intersections of Beach Blvd. and Stanton Ave. between the hours of 7PM and 3AM.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. Over the course of the past three years officers have investigated DUI collisions which have claimed 1 life and resulted in another 47 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication - whether prescription or over-the-counter - drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to "Map a Spot" with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a "List of Spots" to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California.

Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb - all from one screen.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Buena Park Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to 'Report Drunk Driver - Call 9-1-1'.

If you have a question regarding this event or other DUI/Drivers' License Checkpoints please contact Sgt. Nguyen at 714-562-3943 or nnguyen@bppd.com.
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over 5 years
Police seeking man who tried to kidnap 10-year-old in Buena Park
Buena Park police are asking the public to help identify a suspected kidnapper who tried to snatch a 10-year-old from a park Wednesday.

The child, whose gender was not released, was sitting on a be nch at 3 p.m. in San Marino Park after being released from nearby San Marino Elementary School, 6215 San Rolando Way, said police Sgt. Bret Carter.

A man approached from behind, put his hand over the child’s mouth, and dragged the child several feet before the victim was able to escape. The suspect fled.

The suspect is described as a heavyset white male in his 40s, standing 6 feet tall with brown hair and a goatee. He was wearing a red shirt, jean shorts, a red hat and sunglasses.

Investigators do not know if he left in a vehicle behind or where he might have fled to.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Buena Park Police Department at 714-213-0213.
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The Buena Park Police Department is staffed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year to safeguard its community; however, the hours vary for each Division or Unit, and certain services are by appointment only.
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