Bakersfield at a glance
Population by race and Hispanic origin
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Full-time law enforcement staff, Bakersfield Police Department
- 403 Officers
- 185 Civilian staff
Officers per 1000 residents
- 1.51 Bakersfield
- 2.5 National average, cities with 250,000+ population
- 2.3 National average
These figures reflect the Bakersfield Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.
|Amount||Start and end dates||Recipient and description||Awarding agency||CFDA program||Type|
|BAKERSFIELD, CITY OF INTERACTIVE DISPLAY PROGRAM||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|BAKERSFIELD, CITY OF FY 20 LOCAL JAG PROGRAM||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES BAKERSFIELD, CITY OF||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.609 Project Safe Neighborhoods||Sub|
|BAKERSFIELD, CITY OF PURSING A CULTURE OF WELLNESS||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
Recent equipment transfers
|Ship date||Item and National Stock Number (NSN)||Quantity||Acquisition value, each||Acquisition value, total||DEMIL code||DEMIL IC|
|8||8 @ $398.00||$3,184.00||D||1|
|6/10/2021||EYEPIECE ASSEMBLY,OPTICAL INSTRUMENT
|6||6 @ $395.00||$2,370.00||D||1|
|600||600 @ $16.17||$9,702.00||D||1|
|2||2 @ $8,000.00||$16,000.00||F||1|
We identified 1 publicly reported settlement that resulted in policy changes.
In order to settle a California Department of Justice investigation related to the Bakersfield Police Department’s use of excessive force, in August 2021, the City of Bakersfield agreed to implement revisions to the police department’s use-of-force guidance, training, and investigations.
Beginning in 2016, the state’s attorney general office investigated allegations that the Bakersfield Police Department (BPD) and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office consistently used excessive force. No specific incidents have been publicly mentioned, but the California Department of Justice concluded that BPD had violated the 4th and 5th amendment rights of residents, as a number of officers engaged in forms of excessive force, including fatal shootings, police canine attacks, and discriminatory traffic stops. The consent decree requires the police department to reform its policies related to excessive force, which will be overseen by an independent monitor.