[fade]The mission of the Hawthorne Police Department is to provide a safe and secure community for its citizens while at the same time promoting a high degree of professionalism and respect for human dignity.[/fade]
[fade]To be a strong and effective organization through open communication, teamwork, mutual respect, and a partnership with the community, willing to pioneer innovative approaches to law enforcement.[/fade]
Who We Are
A progressively modern police agency with a renowned family-feel. Founded in 1922 and located in the heart of Los Angeles County, the Hawthorne Police Department provides services and innovations that set us apart from all. Coffee with a Cop, Ride to Live, Tactical First Aid, and 'Scottie' are current examples of our proprietary creations, now benchmarks for community policing. How do we do this? By harnessing the passion and fostering the innovation within our great staff!"
With nearly 100 officers and 60 support staff serving an ever growing community of over 90,000 (home of the Beach Boys, Northrop Corporation, and more recently SpaceX and Tesla Motors Design), the department maintains its technical edge by being the only department in the South Bay with its own Helicopter, Electric Motorcycles, Tactical Medicine Program, Armored Rescue Vehicle, and state of the art Police Facility.
CHIEF ROBERT FAGER
Hawthorne Police Chief Robert Fager began his attachment to the City of Hawthorne in 1985, working within an engineering lab for the Northrop Aircraft Division. Aspiring always for a career in law enforcement, in 1990, he tested and was hired as a Police Officer by the Hawthorne Police Department. Chief Fager’s law enforcement career has remained exclusively to Hawthorne, shaped from a multitude of specialties and experiences. From enforcement to investigations, from SWAT to Officer training, from top leadership of police association to police management, marks of achievement and excellence have been his record. He holds a variety of Organizational and Civic based awards, educational and professional accreditations, and is a 1996 recipient of the South Bay ‘Medal of Valor’ award. Appointed as the Hawthorne Police Department’s top leader in 2010, Chief Fager continues his strive to hone and progress the outstanding police services Hawthorne citizens receive. With a complement of over 160 employees and service calls topping 30,000 annually, the Hawthorne Police Department handles extreme service complexities within its Los Angeles County region.
Chief Fager serves in key membership and leadership positions within the law enforcement community. These include membership and committee-seats within the International (IACP) and California (CPCA) Police Chief’s Associations. He is a standing member of the Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association, Executive Board Member to the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Taskforce [LA IMPACT], Executive Member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force [JTTF] and Past-President of the South Bay Police Chiefs Group. His community based efforts are focused in positions such as West Coast advisor to the National ‘Safe Surfin Foundation’ (which advocates protection of children from internet predators), Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, and member of the South Bay Work Investment Board’s ‘Youth Development Council’.