Our Mission

[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]


Our Vision 

[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]


HPD in front of the US Capitol, Wash DC, May 2012


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 CopRide 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 ProgramArmored Rescue Vehicle, and state of the art Police Facility.   


Chief of Police Robert Fager was first introduced to the City of Hawthorne in 1985, employed as an engineering technician for the Northrop Aircraft Division.  Aspiring for a career in law enforcement, he was hired as a Police Officer in 1990 by the Hawthorne Police Department. Since then, Chief Fager’s law enforcement career has remained exclusively to Hawthorne.  From enforcement to investigations, from S.W.A.T. to training, from leading the police association to police management, marks of achievement and excellence have been recorded. He holds a variety of organizational and civic awards, educational and professional accreditations, and is a 1996 recipient of the South Bay ‘Medal of Valor’ award. 

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. Appointed as the Hawthorne Police Chief in 2010, Chief Fager strives to better the already outstanding police services citizens receive.

He current serves as Executive Board Chair to the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Taskforce [LA IMPACT], the Board Chair to the Interoperability Network of the South Bay [INSB], and as Executive Member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force [JTTF].

He is a standing member of the Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association [LACPCA], and holds membership and committee-seats within the International (IACP) and California (CPCA) Police Chief’s Associations.

Some of his community-service involvements in and beyond the Los Angeles region are West Coast advisor to the National ‘Safe Surfin Foundation’ (protecting children from internet predators), ‘Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’, and the South Bay Work Investment Board’s [SBWIB] ‘Youth Development Council’. 


Captain Julian Catano - Chief Robert Fager - Captain Michael Ishii