Bureau of Field Operations
The Bureau of Field Operations is commanded by Deputy Chief Dave Knopf. Deputy Chief Dave Knopf was hired by the San Jose Police Department in February of 1992, after spending 4 years with the Morgan Hill Police Department. He worked the Bureau of Field Operations (BFO) – Patrol, and was then selected to work in the Special Operations Division – Violent Crimes Enforcement Team (VCET). After working VCET, he was selected to the Bureau of Investigations – Homicide Unit. After a tour in Homicide, he then returned to Patrol as a Field Training Officer until his promotion to Sergeant in September 2001.
As a Sergeant, he worked as a Patrol supervisor in the Foothill and Southern Divisions, returned for a second tour as a Homicide Unit investigator, and was assigned as an investigator in the Internal Affairs Unit.
Dave was promoted to Lieutenant in January of 2008. He worked as a Patrol Watch Commander, commanded the Systems Development Unit and the Special Investigations Unit – Intelligence/Vice. Dave was promoted to the rank of Captain in February of 2012, and served as the BFO Patrol, Central Division Commander and the BFO Administrative Unit Commander.
In January of 2013, Captain Knopf was designated as Acting Deputy Chief for the Bureau of Administration. In February 2014, Dave was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in command of the Bureau of Administration. In February, 2015 Deputy Chief Knopf was assigned to command the Bureau of Field Operations.
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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