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Chico Police Department

If you have an EMERGENCY call: 9 - 1 - 1

For in-progress incidents, call 9-1-1. For cold incidents (incidents that did not just occur and there is no immediate threat) where a weapon was used or you have suspect information, call (530) 895-4911.

For all other types of crime reporting, please use our Online Citizen Police Reports System to submit a crime report immediately and print a copy of the police report for free.

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2014 Chico Police Department Annual Report

Our Police Department has not completed a report to our community in quite a while that attempts to explain what we do and how we do it.  The 2014 Annual Report is an effort in that direction.  It also provides all of us with a very good foundation for considering the future, as well as how we intend to do more.  I apologize for the length, but it was necessary this time.  The fact that you took the time to peruse the information we provide, means a great deal to all of us.  Thank you.

Chico Police Department 2014 Annual Report




The Chico Police Department is a diverse organization of 132 full-time employees with over 100 police volunteers; Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Explorers, Chaplains and Interns.  Our community role is to take care of our City and the people in it. Sometimes this is through law enforcement, sometimes through civil protective processes, and sometimes through discussion that develops into actions that bring positive improvements and results. Having a high quality of life in a community means a number of things, one of which is having a low crime rate, which we strive to reduce on a daily basis.

We are a law enforcement organization that values being competent, working hard to help people and trying our best to always do what is right. Working for a community that trusts us is at the top of our list and we recognize trust is earned. We understand that this means we must always operate with high standards and integrity. Those who are most defenseless, such as children, individuals with serious mental health issues, those that contend with serious physical challenges, and our elder community are all an important priority in our department and community. 

A little about the City of Chico . . .

The City of Chico is known as a well managed Charter city that values quality infrastructure and services. Chico maintains a special sense of community and small town living as it has developed into a vibrant regional center for business, education, employment, medical care, recreation, and cultural activities.The city was founded in 1860 by General John Bidwell, and incorporated in 1872. With recent annexations, it has grown to just over 33 square miles in size. The population within the city limits is 89,634, but the unincorporated area immediately adjacent to the city makes the total Chico Urban Area population in excess of 107,000.

About the Department . . .

The Chico Police Department has its origins with the incorporation of the City in 1872. Chico did not have a police department, but it did have a Town Marshal and a few constables. Around 1910 the Marshal's Office was reorganized and became the Chico Police Department.The Police Department, like the Marshal's Office before it, conducted its affairs from "Old 1872," the original Town Hall located in the 300 block of Main Street. However, on January 30, 1912, the Police Department and City government, moved into the new municipal building built on the corner of W. 5th and Main Streets. The Police Department was located on the ground floor of the building and its jail was in the basement. The Department remained there until 1984 when it moved to its present location at 1460 Humboldt Road. The creation of the Chico Police Department and its functions are addressed in Chapter 2.28 of the Chico Municipal Code. With a primary function of preventing crime and maintaining law and order in the City by enforcing laws, the Chico Police Department' adheres to the standards for the recruitment and training of police officers and dispatchers as established by the California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)As a full service law enforcement agency, the Chico Police Department is currently authorized for 130 employees, 84 of which are sworn police officers (including vacancies and officers in training).The Chico Police Department is organized into two divisions, Operations and Support, under the Office of the Chief of Police. The department has several specialty units that are staffed by sworn and non-sworn personnel, which support the services provided by the department.

Our Mission

...we will be fair and consistent in the enforcement of the law, providing quality police services while maintaining trust, open communication and mutual respect within our Department and community.

Police Department Organization Chart and Command Staff

Police Department - 2015 Reorganization

Command Staff **pending**