The Operations Division is led by Captain Gary Worrall. Captain Worrall began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Buena Park Police Department in 1990. Captain Worrall possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Studies from California State University at Long Beach and is a graduate of the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute and POST Command College. Captain Worrall is a proud husband, father of two sons, and comes from a law enforcement family: his father is a retired police officer; his brother is an active police officer as well as three other family members serving in the law enforcement community. Captain Worrall’s commitment to law enforcement is evident in his numerous citizen and department commendations over the years for the high quality work he has produced, and was recognized by his peers and subordinates as the Supervisor of the Year for both 2003 and 2004.
His work ethic, dedication and determination helped him excel through the ranks, as he worked a variety of assignments including Patrol, a Field Training Officer as well as Vice and Narcotics in the Detective Bureau where he worked as an investigator and a member of the California Department of Justice Clandestine Lab Enforcement Team. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999 and worked a variety of Supervisory assignments such as a Patrol Sergeant, Problem Oriented Policing Unit Sergeant, the Vice and Narcotics Unit Sergeant, and the Department’s Training, Crime Prevention, and Media Relations Supervisor.
In July of 2007, Captain Worrall was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, additionally serving the community as a Department Watch Commander, Detective Bureau Commander, and continuing his commitment to the Department’s S.W.A.T. Team in which he served as a member of this elite group for more than 21 years. In April of 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Captain, where he currently leads the Operations Division, sharing his 24 years of law enforcement experience with his division.
The Operations Division has an authorized strength of 63 full-time and 25 part-time employees. These are the most visible members of our Police Department. They serve the public 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and are usually what are referred to as the “first responders.” The primary mission of the Operations Division is to proactively reduce criminal activity and increase the quality of life for the Buena Park community. They are the first point of contact with our community. Whether it is an emergency call for service, a traffic collision or a member of the public coming into the Police Department for information or assistance, it is someone from the Operations Division that will most likely be the first person our community will contact.
The Operations Division consists of the Patrol and Traffic Bureaus. Included in these Bureaus are the Communications Unit, Jail, Canine Unit, Mounted Patrol Unit, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Reserve Police Officer Unit, School Resource Officer Program, Police Service Officers, Police Service Aides, Chaplain Program and the Bicycle Team. The Reserve Unit and Chaplains contribute thousands of hours annually to the Department.
The Operations Division continues to provide the most highly trained and well-equipped professionals, who effectively handle all requests for service to our community. The effectiveness of the first responders, and their support staff, is greatly enhanced by state-of-the-art equipment that assists them in getting the job done. Because of our high-quality personnel, we are able to provide highly skilled, effective and caring service to our community.