Palo Alto Police Department

  • Agency: Palo Alto Police Department
  • Address: 275 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto, 94301 CA
  • Chief: Lynne Johnson (Chief of Police)
Phone: 650-329-2406
Fax: 650-326-8819

Palo Alto Police Department is located at 275 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto, 94301 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Lynne Johnson. The Palo Alto Police Department phone number is 650-329-2406.

Palo Alto Police Department News

Who’s this guy? Meet Balko, our police canine. Check out what he just learned to do.

Weekend Traffic Advisory: Stanford Football plays against Washington State Football on Saturday. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. Expect heavy traffic on Embarcadero Road, El Camino Real, and Sand Hill Road beginning mid-day. #GoStanford

Getting to know our youth is important to us! It was a pleasure meeting this Eagle Scout at a community event. 17-year-old Russell made this memorial garden for those grieving the loss of a loved one.

Here's a post from one of our followers who wanted to share something she witnessed our officers doing. We love hearing these stories. Thank you! "I saw this and had to pull over. Three police officers saw a stranded man in a mechanical wheelchair that stopped working. They stopped and the three proceeded to push this man all the way to the bus stop. I felt compelled to stop and take this photo and then decided to ask if it was okay for me to take a photo of these outstanding men so that I would have the opportunity to show that we do have great officers that strive to keep us safe and serve our community regardless of who you are or what they do....Thank you so much PAPD."

Making friends.

Reminder- Between noon-12:30 p.m. today, Stanford University will be testing its ALERTSU system. If you're near campus, you will hear sirens and a verbal message coming from seven different campus locations. It's audible throughout campus and in surroundings communities including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Los Altos.

It's been 29 years since the #LomaPrieta earthquake hit. Where were you? What you were doing? This photo, courtesy of the Palo Alto Historical Association, shows the damage at the All American market back in 1989. Our Office of Emergency Services has prepared a list of preparedness tips. Check out, and ensure that you're ready for the next "big one."

On Thursday, October 18 between noon-12:30 p.m., you'll hear sirens coming from Stanford University. The Stanford Department of Public Safety is conducting a test of the campus AlertSU system. The test will include activation of the outdoor warning system which will sound an audible tone for approximately 30 seconds followed by a verbal message from each of the seven sirens at various campus locations. The sirens are audible throughout the campus and may also be heard in parts of the surrounding communities including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Los Altos.

Welcome the newest member of the PAPD family- Carley Jo! As you can see by her onesie, it’s never too early to start career planning. Carley Jo is the first born of one of our officers. He is now on diaper duty at home getting to know his little girl.

Trick or Treat! Halloween will be here soon, which means it's a good time to review some safety tips to ensure we have a safe and fun night! Here are a few for starters: - Tell your kids they should never enter a stranger's home while trick-or-treating. - Drivers should be extra careful when pulling into and out of driveways. - Trick-or-treaters should cross the street at well-lit intersections, not from between parked cars. - Parents should inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them. For ALL of our Halloween safety tips, head over to Most all of them are common sense things, but it never hurts to have some reminders. Let's have a safe and fun night!

Donuts? Saturday morning? Umm...yes please. It was a pleasure meeting 9 year old Max who was up bright and early fundraising. Have a great weekend everyone!

Police are searching for a suspect who shoved a woman to the ground in a park in an attempt to rob her. The suspect fled on foot and his whereabouts are unknown. On Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 8:11 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting an assault that had occurred about 15 minutes earlier in Eleanor Pardee Park at 851 Center Drive. The victim, a woman in her twenties, reported that she had been walking on a park path near Center Drive when she was shoved from the side by an unknown male suspect. She fell to the ground, and the suspect leaned over her and grabbed at her pants pockets. She swung her arms at the suspect and rolled away from him, and he ran off on foot towards Center Drive. The suspect never said anything to her and did not take anything from her. The victim sustained a minor injury to her ankle, but declined medical attention. She told police she thought the suspect intended to rob her. The victim described the suspect as a light-skinned male about 40 years old. He was about six feet tall and had a muscular build. He was clean-shaven and was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, pants, and dark shoes. No sketch of the suspect is anticipated. Detectives are actively investigating this case. At this point, there does not seem to be a connection between this incident and any other recent Palo Alto robberies. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or To view this news release on the City website, visit

On Wednesdays, we wear pink! Every Wednesday, our staff in Records wears these shirts to show their support for #BreastCancerAwareness and survivors during October 🎀.

Met some Superheroes. They were kind enough to take a photo with us.

We love to stay fit! Great job to our rockstar team of officers. They along with our Chief ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Jose today and met some recruits along the way.

It’s official. Race bibs in-hand! Come by the expo at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Jose to talk about a career with PAPD.

Ready to rock it! We’ve been training for months for the Rock’n’Roll Marathon and it’s finally here! Visit us at the Expo to learn how to run with us. #WeAreHiring #RNRSanJose

We’re proud to raise #BreastCancerAwareness by wearing pink ribbon pins during October. 🎀

Weekend Traffic Advisory: Stanford Football takes on Utah Football on Saturday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Expect heavy traffic on Embarcadero Road, El Camino Real, and Sand Hill Road beginning in the late afternoon. #GoStanford

567 firearms collected. We are grateful to our officers, staff, and neighboring agencies who worked in the first North County Gun Buyback! Many thanks to Mothers Against Murder for donating money to give to those who turned in guns. For more details on the event, here is a news release from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. SUNNYVALE, Ca- On Saturday, Sept.29, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the cities and police departments of Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Santa Clara held the first ever North County Gun Buyback event. The event was hosted by the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church at 728 W. Fremont Ave. in Sunnyvale. The overall goal of the gun buyback event was to reduce the availability of unwanted, unsafe and illegal firearms in communities by providing a safe and anonymous opportunity to dispose of them. The event was a great success – 567 firearms in total were surrendered, 400 of them within the first two hours of the event. The firearms included: 264 handguns, 182 rifles, 98 shotguns and 23 assault weapons. The firearms will be destroyed, except for those that are lost or stolen, which will be returned to the owner. In a joint statement, District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Sunnyvale Public Safety Chief Phan S. Ngo, Los Altos Chief Andy Galea, Mountain View Chief Max Bosel, Palo Alto Chief Robert Jonsen and Santa Clara Chief Mike Sellers stated, “We are grateful for the support and participation by our communities. Just one firearm removed from the streets is a step in the right direction in reducing the number of guns in homes that can be stolen and used by criminals. A total of 567 firearms removed is a major success.”

Check it out- Hundreds of guns were turned in by owners who wanted a safe way to dispose of them at our Gun Buyback event today. Thanks to Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety for hosting and Mountain View, Los Altos, Santa Clara Police and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for partnering with us!

Yes...yes...yes ☕️! One of the pictures we posted on social media won a best picture contest held by the California Peace Officers Association and the prize was free coffee for the department! #thankful

Reminder: Come meet our dispatchers and officers at our Recruitment Seminar this Saturday, September 29 from 2-4 p.m. at City Council Chambers located at 250 Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto. Please share if you know anyone who is interested in a career in law enforcement and public service. Thanks!

We have some sad news to share. The California Highway Patrol is reporting that 66-year-old Wamaitha Kaboga-Miller of Palo Alto, was found deceased in her car which was located off of eastbound Highway 84 on Sunday afternoon. Our detectives are in touch with the family and supporting them. The family has asked the media to respect their privacy as they mourn. The CHP is handling the death investigation and details regarding the discovery of her vehicle. Here is the information released by the CHP. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [September 24, 2018] On September 23, 2018 at 3:05 pm, Golden Gate communication Center (GGCC) notified CHP Units of traffic collision, with an overturned vehicle off of the roadway and down the embankment, which occurred on State Route 84 Eastbound, east of Thornton Avenue. Officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to the scene and located the overturned vehicle south of the south roadway edge of State Route 84. The officer’s determined this to be a solo vehicle traffic collision with a complaint of pain by the two parties involved. Both parties in this solo vehicle collision, declined transportation and will seek their own aid. While investigating the original call, officers noticed a vehicle (silver Mercedes Benz CLK 430), unrelated to the current collision they were investigating, buried under heavy brush and tree branches 25 feet west of the current incident they were investigating. The officer checked the license plate (DP-241LU) through GGCC and it returned to a missing person out of Palo Alto. As the officer removed the brush and trees from around the vehicle, they observed a person seated inside in the driver seat. Fire and Medical personnel were on scene to render aid, however they determined the person had been there for an extended period of time and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Fire personnel. Alameda County Sheriff’s Corner responded to the scene and took custody of the deceased who was later identified as missing 66-year-old female Wamaitha Kaboga-Miller from Palo Alto. The Palo Alto Police Department has been working very closely with Ms. Kaboga-Miller’s family and made the notification to her family. This is a sad day and not the outcome any of us ever wished for, our hearts and prayers go out to Ms. Kaboga-Miller's family. At this time the cause of the collision along with the time and day it occurred are still under investigation. The CHP is primary investigating Department for this collision and we are working hard to try and determine how and when this collision occurred. The CHP will continue to work with closely with Palo Alto PD and would like to thank them for all of their assistance. The #2 and #3 lanes of State Route 84 Eastbound were closed from 4:53pm-7:50pm (approx. 3 hours), while officers worked to investigate the collision and gather information.

Sometimes while on the job, you meet people who make you smile...and play frisbee.