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Message from the Chief of Police

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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, Explorers, Chaplains and Interns.  The department prides itself on the quality of our personnel and our level of training. We maintain high standards and our training far exceeds minimum standards.

Our mission is to create a safer Chico and improve quality of life by partnering with our community and providing dedicated service.  Our core values are integrity, courage, and respect.

We believe that trust and communication between a police department and community are essential and are built intentionally. As such, interaction with our entire community is a priority in order to establish relationships. This includes difficult conversations about controversial issues. These relationships help to build trust and respect.  In order to accomplish our mission, the department maintains a community policing model and command structure to better serve the needs of the community and enhance that interaction.

While we have and will face many challenges, we will do so collaboratively.  As your police department, we are committed to being engaged and transparent as we progress through difficult times. I am humbled, honored and blessed to serve as your police chief, and to lead your incredible law enforcement professionals.

Matthew Madden, Chief of Police

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