Emergency: 9-1-1 or 650-321-4433
24-hour Dispatch Center (non-emergency): 650-329-2413
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.