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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, visit the App Store. For Android devices, visit Google Play.
Join the conversation on Twitter! We post news releases, urgent alerts, emergency information, community news, fun pictures, and more.
Give us a “like” on our Facebook page, and get our most robust social media content delivered straight to your News Feed. We post news releases, urgent alerts, emergency information, community news, fun pictures, and more.
Follow us on Instagram to see photos of our officers having fun out there in the community! No news releases and no emergency information is distributed on Instagram.
If you’re a Palo Alto resident, go to Nextdoor and register with your home address. You will receive PAPD news releases and other important safety information that pertains to your neighborhood.
Go to Nixel and subscribe to us for free. You can elect to receive text message alerts, e-mail alerts, or simply view our content on Nixle’s website.
Subscribe to our YouTube channel to view PAPD videos.
Check out our Flickr page for an array of PAPD photos, including a section on sketches and photos of wanted suspects.
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.