Social Media Connections
The Palo Alto Police Department believes strongly in transparency. It’s our goal to give you as many choices as possible for you to receive our news and critical public safety updates in the method you prefer. We publish identical press releases, traffic advisories, and urgent updates on Nextdoor, Twitter, and Nixle, and also publish other content to Instagram and YouTube. Please choose the ones that work for you and connect with us today!
Expand the accordions to learn more about each of our platforms.
Please keep in mind that sending us a message via social media is not a substitute for calling the police. 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.
AlertSCC - Sign Up For Emergency Alerts!
The City of Palo Alto uses Santa Clara County's AlertSCC system to communicate during unforeseen events or emergencies such as natural disasters, crime bulletins, power outages, and more. We strongly urge residents, businesses, and those who commute to Palo Alto to register. To sign up for free, visit the AlertSCC registration page.
Follow us on Instagram to see photos of our officers having fun out there in the community! Note that we do not distribute press releases, traffic advisories, or urgent updates via Instagram.
Subscribe to our YouTube channel to view PAPD videos, including educational community briefings discussing our policies and procedures, accountability measures, and more.