Bureau of Field Operations
Deputy Chief Anthony Mata, a native of Chicago, Illinois, joined the San Jose Police Department in March of 1996. He has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Deputy Chief Mata is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum's (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police.
As an officer, he worked in the Foothill Division, then as a Field Training Officer, and as a Detective in the Robbery, Day Detective, and Homicide Units. Officer Mata was promoted to Sergeant in December of 2005 where he supervised patrol officers and was later selected to work as a Night and Homicide Detective.
Sergeant Mata was promoted to Lieutenant in November of 2011 where he served as a Patrol Watch Commander. He was then appointed as the Commander of the Administrative Unit for the Bureau of Field Operations and later as the Commander of the Research and Development Unit for the Office of the Chief. Lieutenant Mata was promoted to Captain in March of 2015 and commanded the Foothill Division and was then selected as a Captain in the Bureau of Investigations.
In December 2016, Anthony Mata was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police for the San Jose Police Department and commands the Bureau of Field Operations and also serves as the Department's Liaison to the City's Office of Immigrant Affairs.
As a resident of San Jose, Deputy Chief Mata believes in building trust in the community by treating everyone with dignity and respect, listening to issues, and applying policing principles established in 1829 by the founder of modern policing, Sir Robert Peel, mainly: "the police are the public and the public are the police," hence the start of Community Policing and today's 21st Century Policing.
Field Operations Division - Patrol Division
The San Jose Police Department refers to its Patrol Division as “The Bureau of Field Operations” (BFO). BFO is the primary provider of police services for the residents of San Jose. BFO deploys over 980 officers to 178 square miles of the City on a 24-hour basis. BFO personnel are prepared to respond to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service in each of the City's sixteen patrol districts, which are further broken down into police “beats.” The sixteen patrol districts comprise four divisions, each containing four districts. Each division is commanded by a Police Captain.
BFO provides continuous availability of field units to respond to calls for service, provides visible patrol throughout the City, detects and apprehends persons actively involved in criminal activity, recovers and returns lost and stolen property, provides for the safe movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, performs the initial investigation of criminal offenses, and attempts to reduce both immediate and potentially hazardous situations to the community.
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