The Arroyo Grande Police Department has 30 dedicated full-time employees with a budget in fiscal year 2015 - 2016 of $5.7 million dollars. In addition, the Department has six part-time employees, two Reserve Police Officers, two Neighborhood Services Technicians, one Fleet and Equipment Technician, one Training Manager and fifty-two community volunteers who assist the organization by participating in several programs such as Citizens Assisting Police, the South County Police Volunteers, Police Chaplain, Citizen Academy, Explorer Post and the Community Advisory Council. The Department has an excellent reputation within the community and the entire County, embracing community policing and upholds a strong customer service attitude in conjunction with ensuring quality of life in our community.
The crime rate in the region is among the lowest in California. The Department responded to 17,410 documented incidents in 2014 and 15,986 documented incidents in 2015, a 8% decrease in calls for service. Arrests for the same period increased 7%. At the same time the Department has been able to maintain a response time for emergency calls at less than two minutes.
The organizational structure consists of two major divisions; Patrol Services and Support Services, each led by a Commander. The remainder of the full-time team includes five Sergeants, sixteen Police Officers, and one Executive Secretary.