Bureau of Field Operations
The Bureau of Field Operations is commanded by Deputy Chief Dave Hober. Dave was hired by the San Jose Police Department on January 3rd, 1988 and worked various assignments as an officer and sergeant which included; Patrol, NET, MERGE, FTO, Assaults, Robbery, Day Detectives, Internal Affairs, Chief's Adjutant, and as a Tactical Negotiator. In 1996, Dave left the SJPD, graduated from the FBI Academy (NAC 96-18) and served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 14 months before returning to the SJPD. As a lieutenant, Dave was a patrol watch commander and subsequently commanded the VCET/HMU/Air Support units and the Criminal Intelligence/Vice units. As a captain Dave's assignments included commanding a Bureau of Investigations Division and being assigned to the Bay Area UASI (a regional federal funding consortium) tasked with the Fusion Center and Law Enforcement Information Sharing projects. Prior to his current assignment, Deputy Chief Hober commanded the Bureau of Technical Services and the Bureau of Investigations.
Dave holds a B.S. Degree in Political Science and dual Graduate Degrees in Public Administration and Criminal Justice Administration from San Jose State University. Dave attended Community Leadership San Jose (2010) and is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police, hosted by PERF (Class 44). Dave has taught at the Police Academy and at a local college for many years.
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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