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Special Investigations Division


The Torrance Police Department's Special Investigations Division is home to the Crime Impact Team, Narcotics Team, Vice, Intelligence and Gang details. It is the Division's mission to enhance the quality of life in the Torrance community while working to continually provide improved and responsive police services, giving our community a safe and secure environment in which to live. The Special Investigations Division is in the unique position of being able to provide creative services to the larger Police Department, initiating undercover and crime specific investigations that compliment the efforts of other divisions within the agency.

The goal of the Division is to reduce criminal acts and apprehend suspects engaged in criminal activity, while providing professional and innovative police services.  The Division interacts with other agencies and investigators and participates in the sharing of information, and also conducts specialized investigations as directed by the Special Operations Bureau Commander.

The Narcotics Team works to target all narcotics organizations and career criminals, reduce crimes through the targeting of those multi-tiered level criminals and organizations, as well as enforcement and investigation of narcotics laws, known or suspected, that affect the City of Torrance.

The Vice Detail enforces and investigates vice laws involving prostitution, gambling and any other laws deemed to be "vice" cases. It is responsible for the enforcement and investigations of liquor laws including, but not limited to, licensed liquor establishments, sales of alcohol to minors and liquor licensing enforcement within the City of Torrance.

The goal of the Crime Impact Team is to reduce criminal acts through the apprehension of suspects engaged in criminal activity (primarily the suppression of robberies and burglaries), as well as provide professional and innovative police services.  The Crime Impact Team interacts with other law enforcement agencies and investigators in order to develop joint investigative approaches and to share important investigative information.

The Intelligence Detail works to collect and analyze police intelligence involving all matters of potential concern to the Chief of Police.  The Intelligence Detail is involved in conducting threat assessments for events and situations that are a concern to the City and its population, and acts as liaison for the Department to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Force.  We aim to have an effective Intelligence Detail that is proactive and knowledgeable in the areas of Homeland Security.

The goal of the Gang Detail is to enhance the quality of life in the community and improve police service.  The Detail gathers intelligence information as it relates to gangs, tracks gang migration, and investigates and enforces all applicable laws pertaining to criminal acts committed by gang members. The Detail also works towards identification, apprehension and prosecution of any gang members involved in criminal activity.  The Gang Detail is a resource for other members of the Department and the law enforcement community, providing information on gang members and gang activities, while increasing public awareness of gang crime through lectures and forums.