Emergency: 9-1-1 or 650-321-4433 24-hour Dispatch Center (non-emergency): 650-329-2413 Main Business Number: 650-329-2406 (Monday thru Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) After hours / weekends: 650-329-2413
Chief Dennis Burns 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 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 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.
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We provide service to a resident population of approximately 66,363 (according to the 2012 U.S. Census). Our daytime population increases to over 125,000, as the Stanford University campus and our thriving business community bring many more people to town. (more)
Packages that are left unattended make for easy targets for criminals. These thefts commonly occur during normal working hours, since many people are not at home. This is a crime that occurs in virtually every community in our country. To avoid becoming a victim of package theft, we recommend considering these tips.