Palo Alto Police

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                                

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.

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

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)

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2015
Front Desk of Police Department to Re-Open for Friday Service Hours
After six years of being closed to the public on Fridays, the Palo Alto Police Department is pleased to announce that our front desk will be re-opening for full service on Fridays beginning on August 14.

Can You Help Us Solve the 2001 Maria Hsiao Homicide? Watch This Video!
We need your help to solve a cold case homicide. Please watch this video and help us by sharing it on your social networks!

Palo Alto Police Launch Free Mobile App – Download 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!

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

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

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PAPD Policy Manual
Click on this link to view a redacted version of the Police Department's Policy Manual.

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.