The Operations Division at La Grande Police Department consists of several sections, including patrol, detectives, and code enforcement. Patrol consists of four teams of officers, who work twelve hour shifts, with a minimum of two officers on at all times. Each team is supervised by a patrol sergeant who is responsible for all operational functions of their teams.

Patrol's daily operations includes preventing and repressing crime through patrol activity, enforcing city ordinances and state laws, complying with federal laws, apprehending offenders, securing compliance in lesser non-criminal matters, conducting investigations, and taking/writing police reports.

The Detectives Section is responsible for larger and more complex criminal investigations. Detectives consists of a two detectives, one being a sergeant.