The Bakersfield Police Department will make about 5000 narcotics related arrests this year. The follow up investigation of these arrests made by patrol officers and other detectives within the Police Department are the responsibility of the Narcotics Detail. In addition to completing this follow up investigation the detectives assigned to the Narcotics Detail initiate their own cases, assist other agencies conducting narcotics related investigations with a nexus to the City of Bakersfield, and follow up on clues provided by the public.
Detectives assigned to this detail receive advanced training in the field of narcotics and dangerous drugs, clandestine laboratories, asset forfeiture, wire taps and specialized surveillance equipment. The members of the Narcotics Detail receive constant refresher training so that they remain up to date on current drug trends.
Narcotic crimes investigated by this detail can vary from the street level dealer to ‘major vendor’ class narcotic trafficking. Through our close relationship with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Detectives in this unit have conducted national and international narcotic trafficking investigations. The Narcotics Detail also provides training to the Police Department’s patrol officers and conducts public education programs to assist with neighborhood related drug problems.
The Bakersfield Police Department is a member of the Southern Tri-County HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force. This task force is a federally funded narcotics task force in areas that have been seriously impacted by narcotics trafficking. HIDTA funds help local, state and federal law enforcement organizations invest in infrastructure and joint initiatives to confront drug trafficking organizations.
What sort of activity should I report to the Narcotic’s Detail?
Any activity you recognize as suspicious in your neighborhood that could be narcotics related. For example, a high volume of foot or vehicle traffic to a particular residence could indicate narcotics activity or unusual chemical smells coming from a residence could be due to drug manufacturing or growing marijuana.
How do I report drug related activity?
If the activity is occurring right now, call 327-7111 and an officer will be dispatched to investigate the incident. Or, if you would like to provide information directly to the Narcotics Detail you can Submit the Information Online or you can call 396-3671.