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.
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.
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.
Download Our Free Mobile App Today! The 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! [more]
Are You Registered for Emergency Alerts? AlertSCC 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. [more]
Vehicle Security Burglaries 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. [more]
Project Safety Net Learn 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. [more]