California City is located in California’s scenic high desert and at the base of the Eastern Sierra Mountains. The city boasts the third largest land size in the state, covering more than 200 square miles and is home to more than 12,000 residents. Bordered by the historic Edwards Air Force Base to the south, California City is easily accessed by highways 14 and 58. California City’s natural beauty serves as a gateway to the surrounding mountains and lakes and a variety of recreation opportunities. California City’s open land is a popular destination for off-road enthusiasts and campers. There are two elementary schools, a middle school, and a new high school that serve California City. The city is conveniently located 60 minutes from Bakersfield, 90 minutes from Los Angeles, and 3 hours from Las Vegas.
Staffed by 13 sworn Officers and 6 non-sworn personnel, the California City Police Department is a full service agency dedicated to the citizens of California City. The Department strives to provide the highest quality officers and service to it's citizens. Officers serve in assignments such as uniformed patrol, investigations, off-road search & rescue (D.I.R.T.), and the Special Enforcement Team (S.E.T.). The Police Department also oversees Animal Control Services for the City.
The California City Police Department is organized into three divisions:
• Administration Division
• Operations Division
• Desert Division
The Administration Division is commanded by Chief Eric Hurtado, whose primary
responsibility is to provide overall management, direction, and control for the Administration
Division. The Administration Division consists of Personnel, Business Operations, and
The Operations Division consists of Uniformed Patrol and Special Operations, Traffic, Investigations, Records, Communications Center, and Police Support Services.
The Desert Division consists of the Desert Incident Response Team (D.I.R.T.), the Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) program, OHV Grants , and OHV Trail Management System.