The Palo Alto Police Department believes strongly in transparency. It’s our goal to give you as many choices as possible to deliver news and critical public safety updates to you in the method you prefer. We publish identical press releases, traffic advisories, and urgent updates on multiple platforms. Please choose the ones that work for you and connect with us today!
Palo Alto PD Mobile
Download our free mobile app, which is a one-stop shop for all of our public information! Get the latest news, crime maps, urgent alerts, and social media posts right from the palm of your hand. For iOS devices, go to bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore. For Android devices, go to bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay
If you’re a Palo Alto resident, go to http://www.nextdoor.com/ and register with your home address. You will receive PAPD press releases and other important safety information that pertains to your neighborhood
Our social media presence is maintained by members of our Public Information Officer Team, but it is not a substitute for 9-1-1. Please do not use social media to report criminal activity that requires a police response. If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you require non-emergency police assistance or want to report suspicious activity, please call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.
Also, please be sure the visit the "Stay Informed" page from the City's Office of Emergency Services, which includes information about other important modes of communication during and after a disaster.