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The creation of the Chico Police Department and its functions are addressed in Chapter 2.28 of the Chico Municipal Code. With a primary function of preventing crime and maintaining law and order in the city by enforcing laws, the Chico Police Department' adheres to the standards for the recruitment and training of police officers and dispatchers as established by the California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) As a full service law enforcement agency, the Chico Police Department is currently authorized for 149 employees, 97 of which are sworn police officers. The Chico Police Department is organized into two divisions, Operations and Support, under the Office of the Chief of Police. There are also a number of specialized units, teams, and assignments staffed by sworn and non-sworn personnel, which support the services provided by the department.