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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 reporting system to submit your report. Click here to start:

Message from the Chief of Police


The Chico Police Department is a diverse organization comprised of over 140 full-time employees, with an additional 100 police volunteers, including Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Explorers, Chaplains and Interns. It is the collective mission of our department to serve and safeguard our community.

The City of Chico maintains a special sense of community despite having developed into a 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 approximately 90,000, with the Chico Urban Area population being in excess of 107,000.

The City of Chico was initially served by a Town Marshal and several constables, when incorporation occurred in 1872.  Around 1910, the Marshal's Office was reorganized and officially became the Chico Police Department. Today, the department is authorized 142 employees, 92 of which are sworn police officers.  The department recently adopted a new command structure to better serve the needs of the community.  The department now has a Deputy Chief, five Lieutenants and two Civilian Managers, all under the Office of the Chief of Police.  Of the five Lieutenants, three are assigned as Watch Commanders, with each assigned a geographic area of responsibility, classified as East, West and Core.  This geographic responsibility provides the community with a department representative, or a “face to a place”, to get to know and access when the need arises.


We believe that trust and communication between a department and community are essential, and are built intentionally.  Interaction at every level with our community is a priority.  This includes difficult conversations about controversial issues.  Our re-structure is part of that commitment to trust and communication.  While Community Oriented Policing is our model, a Police (Public Safety) Oriented Community is our goal.  While the department has a statutory and moral responsibility to serve and safeguard, we know that a community that collaboratively engages with its police department will be both safer and healthier.


While we will face many challenges together, I am genuinely excited about the future of this community and department.  As such, I am humbled, honored and blessed to serve as your chief, and to lead your law enforcement professionals in keeping Chico Beautiful, Clean and Safe.

Michael O’Brien

Chief of Police


Business Update Survey

The Chico Police Department is in the process of building a new computer aided dispatch system that is due to "Go Live" in April, 2017. As part of the development, we would like to take the opportunity to update our local business "emergency call-out" information.

If you are a local business owner, please review the attached Business Survey form. If your business information has changed over the past few years, please complete the form with updated information that would allow police or fire contact during after hours.

Thank you!

CAD Business Update 2016