The Field Operations Division consists of more than 126 sworn officers and 29 civilian employees. It is currently organized with one captain, three lieutenants, 17 sergeants, and 77 officers. Several specialized units within the Field Operations Division include Patrol, the Traffic Bureau, Jail Operations, Community Policing, South Coast Plaza Detail, K9 Unit, Reserve Program and Park Rangers.
The Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) implemented geographic-based policing on Jan. 6, 2008, which divides the city into two areas, based upon calls for service and geographical boundaries. Each area is overseen by the Field Operations captain and an area commander. The area commander is responsible for the delivery of police services to the communities within the designated geographical area.
Contact: Captain Victor Bakkila
The Field Operations Division is led by Captain Bakkila. He began his career with the Costa Mesa Police Department in 1996. As an officer, Bakkila held assignments in Patrol Services, Traffic Safety Motor Officer, Detective Bureau, and SWAT. In 2004, he promoted to corporal and became a field training officer in Patrol Services. In 2006, Bakkila promoted to sergeant and continued to work in Patrol Services. He later held supervisory positions in the Traffic Safety Bureau, Community Services Unit, and the collateral responsibility of SWAT Sniper Sergeant. In 2014, he promoted to the rank of lieutenant and became the Area 1 Commander in Patrol Services. He is currently the Traffic Safety Bureau Commander. Since 1984, Bakkila has served in the Army Reserve. He currently holds the rank of colonel and has an extensive career with various commands and accomplishments.
Captain Bakkila is a 1991 graduate from Fresno State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security in 2011 from the American Military University.