Palo Alto Police Department

Emergency: 9-1-1 or 650-321-4433
24-hour Dispatch Center (non-emergency):
Main Business Number (front desk): 650-329-2406 (Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
After hours / weekends: 650-329-2413


Interim Chief Ron Watson welcomes you to the Palo Alto Police Department's website, and encourages you to learn more about our programs and services!

The Palo Alto Police Department is committed to providing exceptional public safety services and taking a leadership role in building community partnerships. We subscribe to core values that include integrity, accountability, trust, teamwork, a positive attitude, and the professional, impartial treatment of all.

It is important for us to stay connected to our community. It is also important for us to inform you about what's going on in town, the work that we're doing, and how you can best work with us to make Palo Alto as safe as we possibly can.

For the most up-to-date Department news, alerts, and advisories, please follow us on one of our many social media platforms: Twitter, Nextdoor, Instagram, Nixle, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.  We also have a free mobile smartphone app, which we encourage you to download for iOS or Android today!

We provide service to a resident population of approximately 66,955 (according to a 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimate).  Our daytime population increases to over 125,000, as the Stanford University campus and our thriving business community bring many more people to town.

For more information about the various units of the Palo Alto Police Department, click here.

Applications Being Accepted for PAPD Citizens Police Academy

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The Palo Alto Police Department is now accepting applications for its next Basic Citizens Police Academy, which runs from January to March 2018.


Information on PAPD Relationship with Federal Government on Immigration Matters

News ImageBased on recent events and inquiries from the Palo Alto community, the Palo Alto Police Department has put together the following information to explain the relationship between the Palo Alto Police Department and the federal government (specifically, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, or "ICE") on immigration matters.

We're Hiring!

News ImageWe're actively hiring officers NOW! Visit our Recruiting page for info!

We are looking for men and women from all backgrounds who welcome a challenge, and who will uphold our mission statement, "To proudly protect and serve the public with respect and integrity." We offer great pay and benefits, ample opportunities for specialty assignments and advancement, outstanding training, and the privilege to serve the community of Palo Alto.

Can You Help Us Solve the 2001 Maria Hsiao Homicide? Watch This Video!

News ImageWe need your help to solve a cold case homicide. Please watch this video and help us by sharing it on your social networks!

Download Our Free Mobile App Today!

News ImageThe Palo Alto Police Department has a free mobile app for smartphones that gives you immediate access to the latest news, crime maps, urgent alerts, and social media posts right from the palm of your hand!

Are You Registered for Emergency Alerts?

News ImageAlertSCC is the system that all Santa Clara County public safety agencies use to deliver emergency notifications. Both the Palo Alto Police Department and the Palo Alto Fire Department use this system to send emergency alerts specific to Palo Alto.

View the PAPD Policy Manual!

News ImageWe publish a redacted version of the most up-to-date edition PAPD Policy Manual online. View the policies that guide our actions.

Vehicle Security

News ImageBurglaries of parked and unattended vehicles are occurring regularly all over the Bay Area, including here in Palo Alto. Here's some information on how you can take steps to protect your property.

Wondering Where Crime is Occurring in Palo Alto?

News ImageYou can check out to see a map of Palo Alto and where crime is occurring in town!

Have Questions About Automated License Plate Readers?

News ImageWe currently have one patrol vehicle equipped with automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology. Read our policy governing its use.

The Parent Project: It Will Change Your Life!

News ImageGet more information about our celebrated Parent Project program, which is designed for parents with strong-willed or at-risk teenagers.

Project Safety Net

News ImageLearn more about Project Safety Net, a collaborative community network held together by a common interest of fostering youth well-being in Palo Alto. PSN defines our community's teen suicide prevention efforts.

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2017