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About the Police Department

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 Message From the Chief

Chief Vander Veen

Thank you for visiting the Claremont Police Department website. The Claremont Police Department is comprised of dedicated individuals committed to ensuring the safety of our community. The Police Department consists of 38 sworn police officers, 3 sworn reserve police officers, 23 full-time professional employees, 8 part-time employees, and over 30 volunteers.  An overview of our divisions and links to further information about our department are provided in the table below.

-Chief Shelly Vander Veen


Administration Services

Administration oversees the overall operations of the Police Department, including budget, purchasing, personnel, policy, and grants.  Administration also acts as liaison to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, manages the City's contract with the Inland Valley Humane Society for animal control, and provides staff support to the Police Commission.


The following bureaus, described below, are  assigned to this division:

  • Administrative Services Bureau
  • Detective Bureau
Administrative Services Bureau

The Administrative Services Bureau is supervised by a Sergeant and staffed by one Police Officer. This bureau is responsible for coordinating all the department's crime prevention and  formal community outreach programs, including the School Resource Officer; coordinating the department's recruitment efforts, background checks, and Advanced Officer Training; and supervising the Community Patrol Volunteers and Explorer Post 411.  This bureau also oversees these services and programs:

Detective Bureau

Detectives are provided specialized training that enables them to see trends in crimes and provide officers with information on what to look for or be aware of while on patrol.   This bureau is responsible for conducting follow-up on all workable cases based on reports taken by patrol officers.  The bureau also provides discovery information/evidence to the court for use in criminal proceedings and oversees the following:


The Operations Division includes our uniformed Patrol and Traffic Bureau. Led by Captain Shelly Vander Veen, this division comprises the majority of the Department's Police Officers and is the most visible part of the department to the community. The primary mission of the Operations Division is to work with the community to: proactively reduce criminal activity and traffic collisions; respond to calls for service; and provide effective and efficient public safety services.

Support Services

The mission of the Support Services Division is to provide essential administrative support and logistics to the department in its overall mission of serving the Claremont community. The division is managed by Support Services Manager Bill Hall and comprised of three bureaus:

Support Services is also responsible for the overall maintenance of the Police Station and continually strives to provide quality customer service to the department and the public.