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CPD Building

Chico Police Department
1460 Humboldt Road
Chico, CA 95928

Business: (530) 897-4900
Fax: (530) 895-4994
Emergency: 911

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The City of Chico has available for public review and comment an application for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds for fiscal year 2015-2017. The application is available at the public counter of the Chico Police Department, located at 1460

Humboldt Road, Monday through Friday, during regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00

p.m. until July 25, 2016.

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


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