Downtown Los Angeles header image
Los Angeles Police Department Memorial BadgeLos Angeles Police Department Badge


Responsibilites and Organization of the Emergency Services Division


Operations Section

Department Operations Center Unit
Military Property Acquisition Team

Hazardous Devices Section

Explosives Unit (Bomb Squad)
LAX Bomb Detection K-9 Unit
Hazardous Materials Unit (Hazmat)

Planning Section

Operation Archangel


Maintaining liaison with the Emergency Operations Organization regarding the Department Operations Center (DOC).

Assisting Department entities in preparations for maintenance of operations during natural disasters and other Unusual Occurrences.

Developing, coordinating, and delivering incident management training, drills, and exercises to Department personnel.

Providing training targeting personal preparation (employees/families) for natural disasters and other major emergencies.

Researching, developing, publishing, and maintaining the Emergency Operations Guide (EOG).

Coordinating organization and deployment plans for major unusual occurrences.

Providing incident management support vehicles and equipment for field incidents and exercises.

Evaluating procedures, tactics, and techniques to be employed during unusual occurrences.

Developing procedures to facilitate liaison with the military and other government agencies for mutual assistance.

Conducting Field Command Post Exercises and Field Command Post Cadre Schools.

Developing methods for the collection and evaluation of tactical intelligence information related to the control of unusual occurrences.

Evaluating tactical equipment to be used in the control of unusual occurrences.

Preparing plans for policing non-emergency special events when anticipated policing requirements exceed the capability of the concerned geographic bureau.

Assisting other Department units when it is beyond their capability to plan for the policing of special events.

Providing operational planning, guidance, and command post staff for major special events.

Processing special event permits, required by City Administrative Code.

Maintaining and providing expertise to the City’s EOCU and the Police DOC.

Providing regularly assigned personnel to staff the DOC when it is activated as a temporary entity during an Unusual Occurrence.

Training police DOC personnel.

Responding to incidents involving real or potential explosive devices and render safe and/or remove suspected destructive devices, improvised explosive devices, incendiary devices, explosives, explosive chemicals, pyrotechnics, military ordnance, and complete necessary reports.

Responding to incidents involving real or potential criminal use of hazardous materials and render safe and/or remove suspected hazardous materials devices, and complete necessary reports.

Providing and conducting canine explosive searches for Los Angeles International Airport.

Developing, implementing, updating and supporting Response Information Folders.