Palo Alto Police

Emergency : 9-1-1 or 650-321-4433
24 hour Non-Emergency - 650-329-2413
Police Records - 650-329-2406 (Mon-Thurs 8-4

Welcome to the Police Department web site. Dennis Burns is the department's director and Police Chief. Learn more about our programs and services through the links on these pages. The Palo Alto Police Department is committed to providing exceptional public safety services and taking a leadership role in building community partnerships. The men and women of the Department subscribe to core values including honesty/integrity, accountability/ownership, consistency and fairness, creativity and innovation, positive attitude, teamwork and a strong work ethic. It is important for us to stay connected to the community we serve. It is also important that you are informed about what work we do, how we complete our work and how you can assist us in being successful. Our website is one tool we use to achieve this goal.

The City of Palo Alto Police Department provides services to a resident population of approximately 66,363 (According to the 2012 U.S. Census). The large number of high-technology businesses and the Stanford University campus increase the daytime population to over 125,000 persons. (more)

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2014
Advice and Information About Police Impersonators
With the recent incident involving the police impersonator, our community is understandably a little uneasy. We want to address some of those concerns, and we offer the following advice for how to tell if you're being stopped by a real police officer.

Palo Alto Police Launch Free Mobile App – Download Today!
Starting today, the Palo Alto Police Department is offering 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.

The Palo Alto Police Department's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013
The Palo Alto Police Department's Annual Report provides an overview of the department’s activity for Fiscal Year 2013

Palo Alto Police Department's Policy Manual (Redacted)
Click on this Link to view a redacted copy of the Police Department's Policy Manual:

Sign Up for AlertSCC
AlertSCC - The best way to stay informed during a widespread emergency.

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Give us 24 hours… It will change your life!
The Palo Alto Parent Project class, created by and for parents with strong-willed or at-risk teens.

Project Safety Net
Teen Suicide Prevention Plan

Vehicle Security
Auto Burglaries and thefts from Autos are on the rise, Here is some Information for preventing crimes against your vehicle.

View Palo Alto PD's mapping application is an online mapping and analysis service.

Palo Alto's "Social Host" Ordinance Aims to Keep Our Youth Safe
With support from the community, the City enacted a Social Host Ordinance, PAMC 9.04.040, to address underage drinking.

Ordenanza de Las Sopladoras– Preguntas Frecuentes
El 13 de Junio del 2005, el ayuntamiento de la ciudad de Palo Alto aprobó una ordenanza prohibiendo el uso de cierta clase de Sopladoras en las zonas residenciales de la ciudad. A continuación encontrará algunas de las preguntas mas frecuentes que surgen a raíz de ésta ordenanza:

Leaf Blower Ordinance - Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions regarding the leaf blower ordinance