Founded in 1927, the Porterville Police Department works to safeguard the lives and properties of residents, businesses and visitors, as well as maintain social law and order. The department focuses on preserving peace and security for residents and visitors. The Porterville Police Department maintains a K-9 team that offers criminal suspect and evidence search and apprehension, explosive and narcotic detection, site security and tracking services. Its general investigations unit handles cases in a variety of areas, including robbery, homicide, burglary and fraud. The department s special investigation unit handles cases related to extortion, prostitution, and alcohol and beverage control violations. The Porterville Police Department is operated by the City of Porterville in California.