Patrol officers, together with the Traffic Division, provide the community’s frontline defense against criminal activity and quality-of-life concerns. The primary purpose of the Patrol Division is to maintain the safety and security of our community. Patrol officers are on duty 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The division’s additional responsibilities include the Crisis Response Unit, the Canine Unit, the Mounted Unit, the Peninsula Enforcement Team, and the Explorer Program.
There are four lieutenants in the Patrol Division. Each one has been assigned a particular section of the city and acts as an area commander for that region.
The primary purpose of the Traffic Division is to promote traffic safety through education and enforcement. Our motorcycle officers focus on maintaining the safety of everyone who uses the roads, sidewalks, and boardwalk within Newport Beach. The division’s additional responsibilities include the investigation of traffic collisions and traffic-related crimes, DUI enforcement and checkpoints, parking enforcement, animal control, and the coordination of special events.
Lieutenant Eric Little joined our department in 2004 as a cadet and became a police officer in 2006. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2014 and attained his current rank of lieutenant in May 2020. Lieutenant Little was assigned to the Traffic Division in April 2022. In this role, his goal is to promote the safety and security of everyone on the streets of Newport Beach, including students, residents, visitors, and members of our business community. Contact Lieutenant Little