Novato Police Department

  • Agency: Novato Police Department
  • Address: 909 Machin Avenue, Novato, 94945 CA
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)
Phone: (415) 897-1122
Fax: (415) 898-5344

Novato Police Department is located at 909 Machin Avenue, Novato, 94945 CA. The Novato Police Department phone number is (415) 897-1122.

Novato Police Department News

Calling all Interns!! 📢📢 Do you or someone you know want to explore a career in law enforcement? We’re actively recruiting for the position of Police Intern! The NPD Intern program offers college students carrying a minimum of nine units the opportunity to work – on a part time basis – with police officers, community service officers and other civilian employees to experience all facets of the department and mission. At the completion of their internship, some participants may receive department sponsorship to a police academy or employment in a support assignment! Take a peek at the video 🎥 below 👇🏼, which highlights some of our current interns, as well as those who now hold full time positions, including: patrol and traffic officers; dispatchers; community service officers; and more. Are you up for the challenge? For more information on qualifications and requirements, check out ➡️: Help us get the word out!!

#DYK…. Did you know that April 15 – 21 is National Volunteer Week? This is an annual recognition aimed at promoting and highlighting volunteerism and volunteering. With that, we would like to take a moment to recognize our wonderful volunteers and their exceptional contributions! These individuals dedicate countless hours to the Novato Police Department and community. We simply couldn’t do it without them. For that we say thank you, and happy National Volunteer Week! 👏👏 #NovatoProud

Since 1983, April has been designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is an opportunity for all of us to rededicate ourselves to playing an active role in preventing child abuse and neglect, as well as taking positive action to promote child and family well-being. Join us in supporting the #GreatChildhoods that all children deserve. You can encourage great childhoods by taking simple actions. Advocate. Become a mentor. Be informed – it’s okay to ask questions! Donate to your local food bank. The list goes on. Learn more at:

Do your kids use any of these mobile apps? ⬇️📱Look familiar? Do us a favor – whatever your social media philosophy is with your kids – take a look at their phones and tablets every so often. Social media can provide great, interactive platforms that allow for instantaneous connectivity. But with these features come drawbacks and safety concerns. It’s important that we all do our homework and make sure appropriate caution is exercised, particularly as it relates to youth and safe online practices.

Do you ever wonder who is on the other end of the ☎️ when you call 9️⃣️1️⃣️1️⃣️? It's one of our fabulous dispatchers! This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and we are celebrating our dedicated and hardworking dispatchers! We are so thankful to have them working around the clock to keep us safe! #NPSTW ☎️⭐💛👏👮‍♀️🚔🚨

We are asking our community for help in identifying the person who forced entry to Vilma’s Jewelry in the 1100 block of Grant Avenue on April 9, 2018 between 5:00 and 6:30 PM and took jewelry. This sketch depicts a person of interest in this case. The person of interest is described as a Hispanic Male Adult, between 5’6 and 5’8, weighing approximately 200 pounds. The suspect has black hair with a mustache, light brown eyes, with a light skinned clear complexion. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a baseball cap and carrying hand-made knit caps for sale. If you have any information, please contact Novato Police at 415-897-4361 or e-mail or text “Tip Novato” to 888777. Please reference case #NP18-1694 or ask for Officer Eastham.

Another win for proactive policing in this edition of #WhileYouWereSleeping 🚔👏🚨📈👇📞👀🕵️‍♀️ Recently there has been an increase in reports of auto burglaries and thefts from vehicles near Hamilton Marketplace. We have been working hard to educate the public on burglary prevention, but the reports continue to come in. Our Novato Response Team and our Investigations Unit conducted a series of surveillance operations near the Hamilton Marketplace and Courtyard Marriott over the past several weeks. As a result, we arrested 35 year old Karrell Morgan of Vallejo for Auto Burglary, Destruction of Evidence and Evading the Police. Here’s how it all went down. Last night around 1:00 AM, our officers observed a dark sedan with paper plates enter the parking lot of the Courtyard Marriott. The vehicle was driven by Karrell Morgan. Morgan exited his vehicle and began peering into the windows of vehicles with a flashlight. Morgan then smashed the window of one of the vehicles parked in the lot and removed a laptop computer and briefcase from inside. He then returned to his vehicle and began to leave the area. A traffic stop was made on the vehicle near McDonald’s on Nave Drive. Morgan did not stop and entered the freeway, driving N/B on Highway 101 at a high rate of speed. Morgan threw the victim’s property out of the vehicle and onto the freeway in an attempt to discard evidence of the burglary. A vehicle description was provided to responding patrol officers. An officer near Hwy 37 and Black Point caught up with the vehicle and stopped it. Morgan was placed under arrest for the listed charges and booked at the Marin County Jail. We will continue to be proactive in combating auto burglaries and theft. We encourage our community members to remain vigilant about protecting your property. We ask that you remove any items of value from your vehicles, store any of your personal property in your trunk and lock your vehicle. Remember….Lock It, Hide It, and Prevent It! 🚘🔒🗝️✔️

This week marks National Public Safety Telecommunications Week! We want to extend our appreciation and thanks to our dispatchers who work tirelessly to keep our officers safe and provide top-notch service to the Novato community. These dedicated men and women exude strength and a steady hand every shift. They truly are both the heart and calm behind 9-1-1. Thank you for all you do. #NPSTW #NovatoProud

Going somewhere in a hurry this morning? Think again! CHP - Marin is on the look out 👀! Some of the more dangerous times on our roadways are following heavy rains. Even though precipitation 💦has stopped, the roads remain very slick. ⚠️ Be careful out there! #partnership

Are you looking to escape for some warmer weather? ☀️🌡️Many of our schools are on Spring Break this coming week, which means many families and households will be out of town for some fun time away. But before you head out of town, make sure to ✔️ out our flyer ⬇️ for some spring break vacation safety tips. It’s one thing to leave your house unattended… it’s another thing to make it obvious to the bad guys! 😳 We hope you have a safe and enjoyable week and bring some sunshine back with you.

The Friday commute is wetter and messier than usual!🌧️🌂 If you’re on the roads later this afternoon and into the evening hours, exercise caution. There is a decent amount of standing water, particularly in low lying areas. Remember to reduce ⬇️ your speeds; allow ⬆️ extra space between you and the car 🚘 in front of you; and if your windshield wipers are on your headlights 💡 should be on, too. Take a look 👀at this information 👇 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regarding smart practices when coming across flooded roadways. Be safe and have a great weekend! #CAwx

Novato Police Department Lobby to Close Tomorrow at noon until Monday morning. The Novato Police Department lobby will be closed between Friday at 12PM and Monday at 8AM for painting. If you come to the station between those hours and in need of assistance, please call the main line at 897-4361 and our dispatchers and records staff will ensure you are helped. Thank you!

Today, we pause to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. His legacy lives on and continues to inspire not just today, but every day. May we all strive to have such an impact on the world in which we live. #MLK50

Proactive Policing for the Win! ...It’s never a good day to be in Novato if you have a warrant! 😳 Last night our swing and graveyard teams were proactively looking for ways to keep our community safe. Our officers made arrests on four individuals with outstanding warrants and took them off our city streets. The first arrest occurred when an officer was on foot patrol and located 23 year old Dwayne Hoppes sleeping under the Bel Marin Keys overpass. Mr. Hoppes had a no bail felony warrant out of Sonoma County. He was arrested and booked at the Marin County Jail. The second arrest occurred after an officer made a traffic stop on De Long Avenue on a vehicle that was driving without headlights. The driver of the vehicle, 20 year old Angel Ozuna, had a felony no bail warrant out of Sacramento for robbery. Mr. Ozuna was arrested for the warrant and driving on a suspended license. He was transported and booked at the Marin County Jail. The third arrest occurred after one of our officers contacted an occupant of a suspicious vehicle in the 800 block of Diablo Avenue. 21 year old Samantha Arrigoni had three outstanding warrants out of Sonoma County for drug related offenses and for violating her probation. Ms. Arrigoni was arrested and booked at the Marin County Jail. Finally, Anastasia King, 25 years old, was contacted by officers near McDonalds in the 5600 block of Nave Drive. Ms. King had an outstanding warrant out of Marin County and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Ms. King was transported to the Marin County Jail where she was booked for the warrant and drug charge. We always encourage anyone who may have a warrant out for their arrest to come to our lobby or call us to turn yourself in. This will help to avoid officers showing up at an inopportune time to take you to jail! 🚔😴 #NightShiftReport #CommunityPolicing

Distracted Driving Awareness Month is underway. Put your phone down. Just drive!

We were lucky enough to catch up with the Easter Bunny this morning at the Novato Mother’s Club Easter Egg Hunt. We had a great time helping the kids hunt for eggs and spending some time with the families in the Hamilton neighborhoods. Have a great weekend everyone! 🐰🐣☀️🎨🥚💐👒🐰

#DYK…. Did you know in 2017, our officers made 148 DUI arrests? Roughly 10% were individuals under the age of 21.😡 Driving under the influence is never the right option – especially when you are under age. Help us keep our community and roadways safe for vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Whether you are heading out tonight to celebrate the first weekend of baseball season, the great weather, or just because, always designate a sober driver. Do not become or cause a statistic. Be safe. 🍻 + 🚙 = 🚫 #ArriveAlive #DriveSober 📸 📊: NPD 2017 Annual Report

Not exactly how we'd like to see our neighborhood streets! 😳 Yesterday, a vehicle was spotted driving erratically on Sutro Avenue. The adult female driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and proceeded to collide with a parked car. The vehicle overturned before coming to rest. The driver showed signs of recent alcohol use. Novato Police Officers who responded to the scene conducted a records check, which revealed the driver was on DUI probation out of Sonoma County. A condition of probation was that she is not to be driving with any alcohol in her system. A preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) detected a level of .06. The driver was transported to NPD where she was cited for 23154(a) - operating a motor vehicle at any time with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.01 percent or greater – and in violation of her probation. Keeping our roadways safe for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians is of the utmost importance. Particularly as we move in to warmer weather months, there is greater activity on the roads and side streets with our youth. If you are participating in happenings where you will be consuming alcohol – even if you think it’s a small amount – make sure you arrange for transportation. We don’t want to find you or your vehicle like this one. #DriveSober #ArriveAlive

Can you help? On Monday evening at approximately 10:30PM, a passersby reported a fire on South Novato Boulevard near a fence that borders Lynwood Elementary School. Novato Police Department officers responded to the location and the fire was extinguished after damaging some vegetation. Novato Fire District and NPD personnel preliminarily ruled the fire suspicious; however, were unable to locate the source or associated evidence. If you were in the area around the time of the incident and have any information or cell phone videos or photos, please send to Detective L. Houser at Thank you for your assistance and for helping spread the word!

Yesterday, the City of Novato held an Employee Recognition event to recognize City employees achieving milestone years of service. We are so proud of our police employees who were able to be recognized. 20 Years of Service: Sgt. J. Demski; Dispatcher R. Davies; Ofc. Mel Black 15 Years of Service: Sgt. C. Jacob; Cpl. M. Hinkle; Ofc. K. Pilegaard; Sr. Dispatcher L. Greiner 10 Years of Service: Sgt. A. Bates 5 Years of Service: Ofc. R. Pourfarhani; Ofc. S. Sinnott Congratulations to all and thank you for your dedication and service to the Novato community. You make us #NovatoProud!👏 👏

Our partners at CHP - Marin need your help identifying a suspect vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run last night on Highway 101 in southern Marin County. See the information below 👇🏼. Let's help them spread the word.

The wait is over!! Ladies and gentlemen, meet our newest K9 Team: Officer B. Jackson and Rookie! 👋🏼 Earlier today, Rookie got to meet some super kids at San Ramon Elementary School. The winner of the K9 naming contest, Addie, and her class were surprised with a pizza party and the chance to meet Rookie! Ofc Jackson and Rookie got to field some great questions from the kids. It was a great afternoon!! When you see Rookie out on patrol, don't be afraid to say hello! #NovatoProud 🐕🐾🚔

⚠️ Nerd alert! ⚠️ We’re going to talk a little bit about algorithms! 🤓 Recently, Facebook determined it would give preference for interactions only between people. The result: fewer posts from businesses, brands, and so on. For many of you, this sounds fantastic. For us, it’s a little bit concerning. Our goal is to reach you – whether in times of crisis; to share information; or highlight our work out in the community. If our content is ranked “lower” this may inhibit our ability to reach you. 😞 There are a number of tweaks people can make to their settings with respect to what shows up most frequently in their News Feed. For example, if you “Like” our page, there are three options from which you may select to view (or not view) our content. 1) See First; 2) Default; and 3) Unfollow. If you select “See First”, you will be able to see our posts in your News Feed without the hurdles of this new algorithm. Having said all that, maybe you don’t want to see our content first. Maybe you like the freedom of manually clicking on our page as little or as often as you like. Conversely, maybe you don’t think we share enough. To this end, we’ve posted a quick survey to better gauge what you – our community – is looking for. It’s only five questions (four of which are multiple choice) so it won’t take long, we promise. Here is the link: Over the next week or so, we will analyze the survey results 📝📈and figure out a great game plan going forward. 👏 Regardless of what method of communication or level of frequency you prefer, our goal is to maintain open communication and foster a sense of community with everyone here in Novato. #NovatoProud

Hi! 👋There’s someone pretty important we’d like you to meet! This handsome young fella 📸👇 is the newest member of the NPD family! Next week, we’ll be revealing his name – which was selected with the help of some stellar 2nd and 3rd grade students here in Novato. So stay tuned for the big reveal! In the meantime, this pup is spending some quality training time with his handler and partner, Officer B. Jackson. He looks forward to meeting all of you! 🐕🚔