General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 11/20/2013
Title 1 - Department Structure and Function
Title 2 - Department Employment
Title 3 - Employee Welfare
Title 4 - Human Resources
Title 5 - Employee Conduct
Title 6 - Arrests, Search and Seizure
Title 7 - Evidence and Property
Title 8 - Use of Force
Title 9 - Equipment and Uniforms
Title 10 - Police Facilities & Security
Title 11 - Detainee Management
Title 12 - Department Information Systems
Title 13 - Vehicle Operations
Title 14 - Emergency Operations
Title 15 - Primary Investigation
Title 16 - Patrol Operations
Effective Date: 12/17/2007
Unit numbers are designed to follow the functional command structure of the Department and should uniquely identify the specific assignment of employees to the squad or detail level. Unit numbers are an employee assignment focused numbering system and not a budget based numbering system. Sustainment will maintain the unit numbers and the Budget and Finance section will maintain budget related numbers.
I. The unit numbering system uses the following rules of organization:
A. Unit numbers consists of at least four and no more than five characters in the general format of A###A. Every unit number must be unique and every unit number must identify the lowest subdivision possible for the assignment that it represents. For example the unit number for East Precinct, third watch, Charlie Sector will be B243C.
B. Character Designation:
1. Branch -- The first character in the series (B243C) identifies the branch of the Department in which the unit originates. The office of the Chief of Police and employees assigned directly to the Chief of Police are designated as branch A. All units under the Office of the Deputy Chief of Operations are designated as branch B and all units under the Deputy Chief of Administration are designated as branch C.
2 Bureau -- The second character in the series (B243C) designates the bureau or bureau level subdivision of assignment within a branch. In this case the 2 indicates that the unit is assigned to Operations Bureau.
3. Section -- The third character in the series (B243C) designates the section or section equivalent subdivision of assignment. For this example, the 4 indicates that the unit is assigned to the East Precinct.
4. Unit -- The fourth character (B243C) designates the unit, watch or equivalent subdivision of assignment: For legal purposes, this is the lowest work level subdivision of the department. In this case, the 3 identifies that it is a third watch unit.
5. Squad -- The fifth character (B243C) designates the squad, detail, or equivalent assignment within the unit or watch, or other assignments that have some need for specific identification at a level below the smallest work level to which they are assigned. This is the only character that may not be required to meet the specification of a unique, lowest level identification number. For this number the C indicates the Charlie Sector squad.