Grass Valley Police Department

  • Agency: Grass Valley Police Department
  • Address: 129 S Auburn St, Grass Valley, 95945 CA
  • Chief: John Foster (Chief of Police)

Grass Valley Police Department is located at 129 S Auburn St, Grass Valley, 95945 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is John Foster. The Grass Valley Police Department phone number is 530-477-4600.

Grass Valley Police Department News

During the past year Grass Valley PD officers and detectives have been investigating and attempting to identify several reports of a man grabbing or touching women in a sexual manner as they walk alone, often in broad daylight in populated areas. A total of 9 incidents have been reported. Recently, after countless hours of investigating these calls and interviewing victims and witnesses, officers were able to identify the suspect but had not yet located the suspect. Today at about 11:57 AM a caller reported that she had been grabbed in a sexual manner while walking near the bus stop in downtown Grass Valley. Within a few minutes a second caller also reported being touched in a sexual manner while walking downtown. Both victims provided similar descriptions of the suspect. Based on the M.O. and suspect description it was believed this was again the same suspect. Grass Valley and Nevada City detectives along with Placer County Probation located Riley Mispley, DOB 4-11-98. He was arrested and booked at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility for 288(a) PC- Lewd and Lascivious Acts - a felony. All other misdemeanor charges are being filed with the District Attorney’s office.

The Grass Valley Police Department will be responding to assist Butte County Sheriff with the #campfire this afternoon. If you would like to donate SUPPLIES for the Butte County community and first responders, you can bring donations to the Grass Valley Police Department - 129 South Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA 95945. Our team is leaving Grass Valley at 5pm, so we request that anyone wishing to donate supplies bring them to GVPD by 4pm so we have time to load them up. Recommended donations: Water Granola Bars (or similar) Baby Wipes Diapers Personal Hygiene Products While we would love to take down other types of items (toys and clothing), our space is extremely limited at this time.

#TrafficAlertDowntown 6:30PM - Traffic and sidewalks are clear. UPDATE IN COMMENTS BELOW... ORIGINAL POST: Motorists should be aware of a planned gathering of folks in the area near Del Oro Theatre on Mill Street. The event is organized under the name “Robert Moeller [sic] Defense Demonstration”. To avoid any possible delays please consider avoiding the area. As shown by our public space video as of 4:00PM there is not yet any impact. Stay tuned here for any updates.

Here is a story that brings to the forefront why we are involved in October Pink Patch and no-shave November. Notice Officer Bird’s patches that he and all other GVPD officers wore all last month. #CommunityHealthThroughCommunityPolicing #AStoryToShare

Grass Valley Officers had a scary-good time at the Downtown Safe Trick or Treat event this year and even met Captain America! Thank you Grass Valley Downtown Association and business owners for hosting another successful event 🎃

The Grass Valley Police Department will be participating in a well-known cancer awareness movement called “No-Shave November” which fundraises and brings awareness to men's health issues like prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health. The Grass Valley Police Department will be fundraising for this worthy cause by allowing officers to grow beards for the month of November 2018. Participating GVPD Officers will grow beards and allow the general public to vote on their favorite officer beard. In an effort to fundraise for this cause, voting tickets will be sold at the front window of the Grass Valley Police Department for a suggested donation of five dollars a ticket. All proceeds will be donated to the local Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation Cancer Fund. During the last day of November the officer with the most citizen votes will be decided as the best-of-show beard winner and those who voted for the officer will be entered in a drawing to receive $500 in gift certificates to local restaurants. GVPD officers are excited to help raise funds for this worthy cause. For more information about No-Shave November, please visit

Since he had to work on Halloween, he decided to come as Super-Ru. Villains beware!!!!!

Enjoying talking with patients, staff, and visitors Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Imaging Center

It’s a GREAT day! Rudiger is back on the streets. His new handler - Officer Jesse Cloyd - has been training with him over the past several weeks. Today, they are working their first patrol shift together. GVPD is excited to have Rudiger and the community is excited to have him back “on the job”.

Scavenger Hunt Challenge - Read to the bottom... Ready just in time for the most beautiful season at Memorial Park. The trees are quickly changing and the new playground is ready! Look for our signs in the park reminding folks if you “see something, say something.” If you see one, snap a photo of it and a photo of something you enjoy in one of the City parks and post them here for a chance to win a Pink Patch! The names of each poster will be drawn from a hat this weekend! GVPD loves seeing parents and children using the parks!

Kano got to say hi to some wonderful SNMH staff today while sporting his pink patches. Patches are available for purchase ($10/ea) at the Grass Valley Police Department front counter as well at NCPD and Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Or message us on FB. Funds raised will be donated to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Fund. #OctoberPinkPatch #GreatPeopleGreatCommunity #OurCommunityHospital Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation Special thanks to Riebes Auto Parts for helping make this possible!

Kano wants to remind everyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! GVPD is participating with our western Nevada County law enforcement partners in a PINK PATCH Project. If you would like to participate, you can stop by the GVPD lobby and purchase the pink patches! All proceeds from the sale of the Pink Patches will go to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation BREAST CANCER FUND.

Thank you Roamin’ Angels Car Club for letting us partner with you in providing DUI awareness training at this event. Our Pedal Karts and Impairment Goggles were a big hit and a great educational tool. And it’s always fun to give away bikes to deserving kids!

UPDATE T-Mobile Robbery: On 10/4/2018 at approximately 5:15pm, Grass Valley Police officers received numerous reports of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the T-Mobile Store on Nevada City Hwy. Reporting parties described the suspects as four black male adults wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts, and advised that they had fled the scene in a blue sedan. GVPD Officers located a vehicle on Southbound Highway 49 matching the description provided by witnesses that was occupied by several individuals matching the suspect descriptions. Officers attempted a traffic stop, however the suspect vehicle fled and a pursuit ultimately ended in a single vehicle collision. Two suspects fled from the vehicle and were quickly apprehended, while a third subject was detained inside of the vehicle. Law enforcement officers from Nevada City Police Department Nevada County Sheriff's Office CHP – Grass Valley, CHP - Valley Division Air Operations, and Placer County Sheriff's Office had also responded to the scene and assisted GVPD with the safe apprehension of the involved subjects. The suspects were medically cleared and are in custody at this time. Anyone who believes that they may have more information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact the Grass Valley Police Department at 530-265-7880. Thank you to all of the allied agencies that responded to assist, as well as the patient motorists that were stuck in traffic while this incident unfolded!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. GVPD is participating with our western Nevada County law enforcement partners in a PINK PATCH Project. For the month of October, you will see GVPD officers with pink patches on their uniforms and we have pink patches available for sale in the police department lobby. The goal is to increase awareness about the importance of early detection and prevention, and to raise funds for further research, treatment and care for those currently battling breast cancer. All proceeds from the sale of the Pink Patches will go to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation BREAST CANCER FUND.

DRUG SALES ARREST- On September 20, an off duty GVPD Detective noticed a male, Jason Ortiz, of Grass Valley, in a shopping center in Grass Valley. The detective had knowledge that Ortiz was a current Parolee-at-Large, with warrants for his arrest. Ortiz was followed until a GVPD Patrol K-9 unit located the vehicle and could do a traffic stop. Ortiz was taken into custody without incident. He was the sole occupant. Upon searching the vehicle, a large amount of suspected methamphetamine was located in the passenger compartment (nearly 3oz) as well as more than 100 “drug baggies”. Officers also located a small amount of suspected heroin, drug paraphernalia, and firearm ammunition. Ortiz was booked into the Nevada County Jail for parole violation, outstanding warrants, possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, felon in possession of ammunition, and other charges. He is currently being held without bail pursuant to the threshold of his warrants. NOTE: A large amount of suspected stolen property was also recovered from the vehicle. GVPD will be adding a post with photos of that property to hopefully identify any potential victims

RELEASE RELATED TO FIRE ON OLD TUNNEL: At about 6:45pm, an officer on patrol noticed small plume of smoke coming from a wooded area between Sutton Way and Old Tunnel Road. He responded quickly with an extinguisher as GVFD personnel were dispatched. The fire was contained to a space about 20 yards x 50 yards. While the fire was being extinguished, the remains of an unknown male were discovered. At this time the investigation is in its infancy. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when possible. The roadways are open but please take caution as many emergency vehicles are still on site.

Setting the record straight…or at least telling “the rest of the story” as we used to hear from Paul Harvey. We also hope that through telling this story, the public may learn a little more about animal control officer duties and the state law. In a recent post on Nevada County Peeps an incident related to a report of a potentially dangerous dog was characterized as a mishandling by animal control officers. In fact, it was asserted that the animal control division of the Grass Valley Police Department are “out of control”. Without diving into things to deeply, as the appropriate place for that is in the Civil Court where the upcoming hearing will be held, let’s examine the grounds for referring this case to the Court in the first place. 1. On April 16, 2018 Animal Control received a complainant regarding a Standard Black Poodle that lunged, barked, and growled at the complainant. Contact was made with the parties and the Poodle owner was counselled on the potential for this to become a more serious issue and was provided the name of a trainer who could possibly help with anti-aggression training of the dog. 2. On August 27, 2018 Animal Control received another complaint, by the same complaining party, reporting that the Poodle had barked and lunged at him again, showing teeth and threatening him. An investigation was conducted, including contacting witnesses and attempting to locate possible video surveillance, which did not exist. 3. The California Food and Agriculture Code identifies a “potentially dangerous dog” as any of the following: “Any dog which, when unprovoked, on two separate occasions within the prior 36-month period, engages in any behavior that requires a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury…” Note: “Potentially dangerous” and “vicious” are two separate classifications. This is a case of hearing related to a “potentially dangerous” dog. 4. Section 31621 of the California Food and Agriculture Code states, “If an animal control officer or a law enforcement officer has investigated and determined that there exists probable cause to believe that a dog is potentially dangerous or vicious… [they] shall petition the superior court of the county wherein the dog is owned or kept for a hearing for the purposed of determining whether or not the dog in question should be declared potentially dangerous or vicious. 5. The complainant in this case has every right and should feel comfortable calling his local authorities for assistance. His physical conditions limit his abilities to take “defensive action” in that he is bound to a wheelchair. The appropriate action is to allow a finder of fact (the Court of law – civil laws in this case) to make a determination based on evidence presented and the totality of the circumstances. This hearing is due to occur in Court soon. 6. The Grass Valley Animal Control division does not have a vested interest in the outcome of the case other than to provide testimony and/or evidence collected during the investigation. 7. Calls by advocacy groups or individuals to “drop the charges” is contrary to due process for the complainant and the law is clear on the process and the obligations of Animal Control officers. We trust the court process to do its job. The men and women of the Grass Valley Police Department and the Animal Control division will continue to do their job as prescribed by law and pursuant to our oath of office.

No words.....our thoughts and prayers go out to Mark’s family and friends and to the entire Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office