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Why Glendale

The City of Glendale was incorporated on February 16, 1906 and spans approximately 30.6 square miles with a current population of over 200,000 (US Census). Located minutes away from downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, Burbank, Hollywood, and Universal City, Glendale is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County and is surrounded by Southern California's leading commercial districts.

The City's historic success at attracting employers is partially attributed to the result  of its location at the center of four major freeways including the I-5 Golden State Freeway, SR-2 Glendale Freeway, ST-134 Ventura Freeway, and the 210 Foothill Freeway; all provide easy access for residents, workers, and customers from around the region. Glendale also offers its own bus services, the Beeline, with 13 routes connecting customers to Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the City of Burbank, and the Metrolink Stations in both Burbank and Glendale. 

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Businesses and residents alike have taken advantage of Glendale's central location, reputation for safety, excellent business environment, outstanding schools, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, and growing restaurant and entertainment options. Glendale is also one of Southern California's leading office markets featuring a wide range of properties and amenities. The City has over six million square feet of office space and is home to such recognized firms as Walt Disney Imagineering,  IHOP / Applebees, DreamWorks, LegalZoom, and Public Storage. 


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There are over 500 law enforcement agencies in the state of California; with so many options, all of the options and agencies start to blur, making it difficult to make an informed decision. We at the Glendale Police family believe we're different than others. Why work for us? Consider the following advantages we provide:

  • State-of-the-Art Facility. Completed in 2004, we now occupy a $38 million, 160,000 square foot police headquarters building. This facility is equipped with the latest in security, ergonomic office facilities, and modern amenities. We also have an in-house jail facility and fitness center.

  • State-of-the-Art Equipment. The Glendale Police Department is among the best equipped agencies in the nation. We provide our personnel with the tools necessary to do their jobs in an efficient and effective manner, including modern patrol vehicles, ergonomic dispatch panels, armored response and SWAT vehicles, air support, and WMD response equipment.

  • State-of-the-Art Technology. At the Glendale Police Department we employ the latest in technology to assist us with our mission. Our 911 Communications Operators, Patrol Officers, Detectives, SWAT officers, Air Support Team, Crime Scene Investigators and many others all use this technology as part of their role in the agency.

  • State-of-the-Art Training. In addition to their initial academy training our personnel receive regular updated training related to their field of work. Examples of specialized training include K9 training, FATS Shooter Simulator, EVOC Driving School, and SWAT Training.

  • Department Size. With about 230 sworn officers, the Glendale Police Department is a medium-sized department. It's large enough to have a full-service department, and small enough to work closely with the community it serves.

  • Predictive Policing. Glendale Police Department uses advanced policing algorithms to identify areas where crime is likely to surface. These techniques equip GPD officers with the information they need to stop crime before it occurs.




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