Connect with PAPD!

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.  Please choose the ones that work for you and connect with us today!

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.



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.



Join the conversation on Twitter! We post news releases, urgent alerts, emergency information, community news, and more.



Go to Nixle and subscribe to us for free. You can elect to receive text message alerts, e-mail alerts, or simply view our content on their website.





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.


Palo Alto PD Mobile App

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.



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.