Palo Alto Police Department

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Emergency: 9-1-1 or
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 Robert Jonsen welcomes you to the Palo Alto Police Department's website, and encourages you to learn more about our programs and services!  If you are here to learn more about nationwide police reform initiatives and where we fit into those conversations, we invite you to explore our detailed Accountability page.

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, and YouTube.  We also have a free mobile smartphone app, which we encourage you to download for iOS or Android.

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 Palo Alto Police Department and our various units, please expand the accordion below.

Information on the January 6 Assault on the U.S. Capitol

We do not have any evidence or specific allegation that any member of the Palo Alto Police Department participated in the January 6 assault on the Capitol, nor are we aware that any of our personnel were in Washington DC at that time.

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Information on Police Radio Transmissions

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Due to a requirement placed on all law enforcement agencies by the State of California Department of Justice to protect personal identifying information from being broadcasted on an open radio frequency, the City will be moving its law enforcement radio communications to encrypted frequencies to comply with these state standards.

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Are You Registered for Emergency Alerts via AlertSCC?

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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. Register online for free today!

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Vehicle Security Tips

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Unfortunately, burglaries of parked and unattended vehicles occur regularly throughout the Bay Area, including here in Palo Alto. Here's some information on how you can take steps to protect your property.

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Project Safety Net

News Image ID 49005Learn 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.
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