Special Services Division
The Special Services Division is managed by a Commander whose primary responsibility is to provide general management, direction, and control for investigations. Commanders report directly to the Assistant Chief of Police (if filled), or the Chief of Police. The Special Services Division consists of the General Investigations Unit (GIU), the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Youth and Family Services (YFS) / School Programs, and the Special Operations Unit. The Special Operations Unit includes the Problem-Oriented Policing Unit, Code Enforcement, Communications, and protection and order during public meetings pursuant to California Government Code 38638.
Alex TurcotteSpecial Services CommanderCommander Alex Turcotte began his career in law enforcement with the Ventura Police Department in 2001 where he worked as a patrol officer and a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.
In October of 2006, Commander Turcotte was hired as a police officer with the Citrus Heights Police Department and was assigned to the Patrol Division until his promotion to the rank of Sergeant in 2007. As a Sergeant, Turcotte worked a variety of assignments, including Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Sergeant, SWAT Team Leader, and the Special Investigations Unit, before promoting to Lieutenant in 2013. As a Police Lieutenant, Turcotte managed a variety of units within the Patrol and Investigative Services divisions, as well as in the Office of the Chief. In addition, Turcotte led the Department's SWAT Team.
Commander Turcotte holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice as well as a Master's Degree in Business Administration. He is a graduate of the California Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Command College for law enforcement executives. Commander Turcotte has served on a number of boards and associations and has been a repeat panelist at the University of San Francisco Law Enforcement Leadership Symposium. He has received many awards and citations, including two separate awards for his role in resolving high-risk emergencies with the Department SWAT team. Commander Turcotte is a past President of the Citrus Heights Rotary Club and previously served as President of The Citrus Heights Rotary Foundation.