Bakersfield Police Departmen

  • Agency: Bakersfield Police Departmen
  • Address: 1601 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, 93301 CA
  • Chief:
Phone: (661)327-7111

Bakersfield Police Departmen is located at 1601 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, 93301 CA. The Bakersfield Police Departmen phone number is (661)327-7111.

Bakersfield Police Departmen News

HEAT STROKE PREVENTION In 2017, 42 children died from heatstroke inside vehicles. These tragedies can occur to any community, and even to the most responsible of parents. While we hope this never happens to us as parents and caregivers, our busy lives with kids, lack of sleep, work, and many other distractions warrant us to make safe travel a priority. As the summer heat continues, we want to remind everyone to stay safe this summer, and at all times of the year, by following these tips: • Never leave a child, dependents, or animals alone in a car. • See a child alone in a car? Get involved! Protecting children is everyone’s business. Call 9-1-1 immediately. • The difference between life and death can be minutes in a hot car. Cars can reach deadly temperatures very quickly, even on relatively "cool days". • Always check the back seat for your baby. “Look Before You Lock”. While many of us think that this can never happen to us, all it takes is that one day where you are overworked and under rested to lose track of time, and think you already dropped your child off at daycare. • Ask childcare to call you if your baby doesn't show up as planned. • Always keep cars locked & keys out of reach of children. If a child is missing - check in all cars. • A car is not a babysitter. NEVER leave a child, dependent or animal alone inside a vehicle, not even for a minute. #heatstrokekills #lookbeforeyoulock First 5 Kern Kern County Department of Child Support Services City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center Bakersfield City School District Community Action Partnership of Kern CHP - Bakersfield Kern County Animal ServicesKern County Sheriff's Office Bakersfield Fire Department Kern County Fire Department Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.

IN MEMORIAM-DAVID JOSEPH NELSON END OF WATCH-June 26, 2015 Today we honor and remember Officer David Joseph Nelson. Officer David Nelson became involved in a vehicle pursuit originating from a traffic stop of an unlicensed vehicle. Officer Nelson’s vehicle left the roadway on Panorama Drive and struck a utility pole and retaining wall at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue. He was transported to Kern Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. He is survived by his parents, Larry and Mary Nelson, and two brothers, Erik and Michael Nelson. Thank you for your service. Rest easy brother.

The Kern County Auto Theft Task Force has seen a recent increase in vehicle burglaries in gym parking lots throughout the city. Please be sure that no matter where you park your vehicle, you're not leaving anything in it that may entice a criminal to break in. Truly, spare change in your cup holder, that pair of sunglasses you may or may not have purchased at the dollar store, or the purse/brief case/gym bag that you know is empty, electronics--it can all be enticing to a criminal! And please, please, always lock your vehicle.

National Night Out is almost here. Join us for the 35th annual event!

Take some time to watch Chief Martin share some of his hidden talent for a good cause!!!

K9 Hero celebrates Take Your Dog to Work Day everyday with his partner, Officer Celedon! #TakeYourDogToWorkDay

Don't forget! Applications must be in by July 2nd. If you know a police officer who wants to work for a great community, send them our way!

IN MEMORIAM-PATRICK DON VEGAS END OF WATCH-June 20, 1980 Today we honor and remember Sergeant Patrick D. Vegas, who on this date in 1980 was killed in the line of duty. Sergeant Patrick D. Vegas was responding to a traffic accident when a car driven by a 16-year-old juvenile collided with his motorcycle. Vegas was pronounced deceased at San Joaquin hospital about a half hour later. Vegas, an 11-year veteran, also served in the Army from 1966 to 1969, assigned to the infantry. During the time he served in combat in Vietnam, he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart. He left behind his wife, Beverin, daughter Darci, and son Chad. Rest easy sir. Thank you for your service.

TIPS FOR HAVING A CRIME FREE SUMMER Summer means a break from school and a chance to take a vacation - unfortunately, summer also provides opportunities for criminal activity in our neighborhoods. You can decrease the chance of becoming a victim this summer by following these tips: -Install lighting, such as motion lights or dusk to dawn detector lights, on your home's exterior -Trim shrubbery around your home to eliminate hiding places -Do not leave bikes unattended. Lock your bikes, even if you are going to be away for only a few moments -Be aware of your surroundings and those around you when you walk, jog, or bike - Before going on vacation, cancel all deliveries (mail, newspaper, etc.), have a trusted neighbor or friend collect them, or call your local post office to stop mail delivery until you get back - Do NOT post travel plans on any social media sites before, or while, you are on a trip -Don’t leave your garage doors open or ajar for air circulation with no one around. Invest in a security door for your side garage door. Not only will this allow air into attached garages, but also adds an additional layer of security to your home. The harder it is for a criminal to get inside, the more likely they are to move on from your home -Get to know your neighbors! Let a trusted neighbor know if you are planning to travel this summer. Neighbors who know each other look out for each other Thanks for your time, and have a safe summer!

Officers Pratt and Malhi spent some time doing a Q&A with AS ONE Vocational Community Integration Program this morning. Thanks for inviting us out!

IN MEMORIAM-FRANK SPARKS END OF WATCH-June 16, 1917 Today we honor and remember Officer Frank Sparks, who on this date in 1917 was killed in the line of duty. Officer Frank Sparks was involved in a head-on collision at 26th Street and Chester Avenue. He died from his injuries the following day. Rest easy sir. Thank you for your service.

We're asking for the community’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for a sexual battery that occurred on May 30, 2018 in the 4800 Block of White Lane. The suspect was last seen in the area riding a black “BMX” style bicycle with pink handle bars. The suspect was described as a Black Male, 17-20 years old, 5’08 / 170 lbs. Anyone with information regarding this case or the identity of the suspect is asked to call Detective Casey Grogan at (661) 326-3857 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

Officer Pratt, one of our School Resource Officers, recently attended a Career Day at Franklin Elementary School. He received these thoughtful thank you notes from some students who were in attendance. We thought they were pretty awesome so we had to share!

Live at the 2018 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Law Enforcement and Prosecutor Recognition Luncheon. Along with over 50 local law enforcement officers being recognized, Chief Martin is presenting the Community Service Award. We appreciate our DUI enforcement officers, prosecutors, and various community partners. Thank you to MADD for all you do to prevent drunk driving. Your service to our community is amazing. Check it out!

Preparing young minds to work in the service of others!

We're live at the Bakersfield Country Club for the Bakersfield City School District's Hall of Fame Gala, where our very own Chief Lyle Martin is being honored as an inductee. Please join us in congratulating him on this huge accomplishment!

Please join us at our Tip-A-Cop event at the Petroleum Club tonight from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Bakersfield Police Officers will be serving dinner and all tips collected tonight will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You do not have to be a member to participate. We would love to see you there!

Happy Friday, Bakersfield! Here is a message from your Bakersfield City Youth Commission on the impacts of vandalism to City parks and facilities. If you see any signs of vandalism, report it to our non-emergency line at (661) 327-7111, or through the Bakersfield Mobile App.

BPD NOW HIRING FOR LATERAL POLICE OFFICERS For more information, please visit:

BPD MONTHLY E-TIP: HOMELESS CONCERNS Homelessness is a complex social problem that impacts the quality of life in our community. There is a fine line between homelessness as a social issue, and criminal activity that is sometimes associated with the homeless. Some individuals are homeless because of substance abuse, mental illness, or both. Since the reasons for homelessness vary, there is not a “one size fits all” solution to help everyone who is homeless. While simply being homeless is not a crime, certain public conduct is illegal and should be reported to law enforcement. These offenses include trespassing, aggressive panhandling, urinating or defecating in public, camping in public, obstructing sidewalks, public intoxication, disturbing the peace by loud and unreasonable noises, behaving in a threatening manner, etc. Tips for Avoiding Issues · Avoid confrontation and maintain a safe distance. Request police assistance for agitated or confrontational subjects. · If you are inclined to give to the needy, it is better to contribute to local charities, shelters, food banks, or social service organizations that are better equipped to provide more sustainable assistance. · Do not permit anyone to camp or loiter on your property. · Do not permit anyone to store shopping carts, bedding, or other personal belongings on your property. · Restrict access to sidewalk overhangs, alcoves or other areas protected from inclement weather. · Lock or remove handles from water spigots. · Lock or turn off exterior power outlets. · Keep trash dumpsters locked or behind locked gates when not being filled or emptied. · Install motion-activated exterior lighting for after hours. · Keep landscape trimmed to eliminate hiding places. · Keep property free of trash, litter, junk, etc. · Design public amenities to discourage misuse, e.g., shape benches to be comfortable for sitting but not for sleeping. · Have plants at sidewalk level, or use planter boxes that are uncomfortable for sitting, e.g., making the sides very narrow or allowing plants to grow over the sides. · Post signs listing prohibitions of loitering, illegal lodging, drinking alcoholic beverages, drug activities, etc. The signs should state that persons engaged in prohibited conduct will be asked to leave, and failure to cease the conduct or leave the property will result in a call to police. · Install surveillance cameras to monitor areas around the business where illegal activity may occur. · When illegal or suspicious activity is observed, report it to the BPD. For emergency situations, where life or death is imminent, call 9-1-1. For all non-emergency reporting, please call (661) 327-7111. These numbers are answered within the same facility, so escalating situations can be re-prioritized as needed. Of course, 9-1-1 calls will be answered first. Members of the public can now report abandoned shopping carts by calling 1-800-252-4613, or reporting it online at

Great job to all the runners who participated in this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run. Funds raised benefit the Special Olympics.

Please see the video attached regarding new parking stalls that have recently been installed.

On Monday, June 4, 2018, at approximately 8:30am the Bakersfield Police Department will be participating in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run benefitting California Special Olympics. The run will begin at the intersection of 16th Street and 'A' Street where runners will travel northbound on 'A' Street. Runners will then turn and travel eastbound on Truxtun Avenue, until they reach the Liberty Bell, 1415 Truxtun Avenue, where the run will end. There will be minor traffic delays for vehicles travelling east on Truxtun Avenue between 8:30a.m. and 9:00a.m. The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run is designed to raise funds to support the Southern California Special Olympic programs. The event will conclude with a brief statement by the Law Enforcement Torch Run Director.

We had a great time at the Beale Library event today! See you next year!

Procession Route- Mayor Harvey Hall Celebration of Life Ceremony On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the Bakersfield Police Department will be temporarily controlling traffic at select intersections in the downtown area to assist in the Celebration of Life Ceremony for Mayor Harvey Hall. A procession is scheduled to depart from the 2000 Block of 30th Street about 08:45 a.m. and end at the Rabobank Arena. Motorists can expect some delays as traffic will be controlled at select intersections as the procession passes. The procession will follow the listed route: • Eastbound 30th Street to northbound ‘F’ Street • North on ‘F’ Street to Golden State Ave (STE 204), • East on Golden State Ave (STE 204) to ‘Q’ Street, • South on ‘Q’ Street to 21st Street, • West on 21st Street to ‘N’ Street, • South on ‘N’ Street to Truxtun Avenue, • East on Truxtun Avenue to ‘Q’ Street, • South on ‘Q’ Street to 14th Street, • West on 14th Street to the Rabobank Arena parking lot. Additionally, from 08:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., one eastbound lane of travel on Truxtun Avenue to the front of Rabobank Arena will be closed. The remaining eastbound lanes of Truxtun Avenue, as well as all westbound lanes of Truxtun Avenue will remain open. Traffic disruption will be limited to the morning procession only. There will be no procession leaving the Rabobank Arena at the conclusion of the ceremony.