Menlo Park Police Department

  • Agency: Menlo Park Police Department
  • Address: 701 Laurel St, Menlo Park, 94025 CA
  • Chief: Bryan Roberts (Chief of Police)
Phone: 650-330-6300

Menlo Park Police Department is located at 701 Laurel St, Menlo Park, 94025 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Bryan Roberts. The Menlo Park Police Department phone number is 650-330-6300.

Menlo Park Police Department News

Saturday was the last Facebook Festival of the summer season with the fun theme of Dia de los Muertos. Many kids and adults enjoyed the day and many even arrrived in costume. Officers of the Menlo Park Police Department were on scene handing out candy and prizes. Facebook outdid themselves with another great community event!

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Our hearts, thoughts, prayers and support go out to all of the communities affected by the wildfires. City of Menlo Park Government with the police department will continue to lend assistance where we can.

Every year our own Darryl Lindsay works tirelessly for months to put together an amazing car show and recruitement fair. The hours invested and the coordination required to assemble all of the vehicles that were on display were all worth the effort. Thank you to Darryl and to everyone else who was involved that make this event possible. It was a great turnout of vehicles of all types on display.

The Menlo Park Police Department kicked off the first Friday Night Lights event of the season featuring our Special Investigations Unit and our Detective Unit. Everyone was welcomed with food trucks and ice cream donated by Facebook and our own volunteer Quinton Dial purchased backpacks which were given away to all of the kids that attended the event tonight. Thank you to Facebook and Quinton for helping to make our first event of the season such a success!

Reminder: Tonight join us for Friday Night Lights from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.

Congratulations to Police Academy Graduates Michael Grieves and Jeremy Hodges The City of Menlo Park Government is proud to welcome and congratulate our newest Police Officers, Michael Grieves and Jeremy Hodges who graduated this afternoon from the College of San Mateo police academy. The two started as police recruits in April 2017 and successfully completed six months of intensive police training, which consisted of written and physical abilities tests, learning, gaining knowledge and engaging in practical exercises in preparation of becoming a police officer. They will begin their field-training program next week. Throughout the academy, Grieves and Hodges were assigned mentors to help them successfully complete the academy. Detective Knopp and Officer Russell were their go-to resources. Also, we extend a huge congratulations to Michael Grieves who received two awards for “Top Recruit” overall achievement and also the “Top Recruit” in academics for his academy class. This is a great accomplishment for Grieves. The City of Menlo Park celebrates both of their achievements and wish them a successful and rewarding career!

Friday Night Lights - October 6, 2017 The Police Department brings back “Friday Night Lights” for the fourth season. The 2017 season, first tailgate festivities will be Friday, Oct. 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula located at 401 Pierce Road and will be held in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club “family night.” Youth and adults are encouraged to join the fun and enjoy food, ice cream, refreshments and giveaways as police officers and staff answer their questions, provide safety tips, and hand out autographed picture postcards and memorabilia.

As everyone watches the unfolding events in Las Vegas, we mourn for those that have been needlessly slayed or harmed in such an appalling demonstration of violence. The men and women of the Menlo Park Police Department would like to express our deepest sympathies to the many families affected by this tragedy.

Ripon Police and Menlo Park Police present the 27th Annual Emergency Vehicle Display Show & Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair Saturday, October 7, 2017 This is our 27TH annual show. The show is an enjoyable pro public safety family experience. You’ll see emergency vehicles of all types and ages, including police, fire, ambulance and military. There is a police and fire memorabilia collectors show in the community center. All proceeds will be donated to the Menlo Park Police Explorer Unit, the Ripon Volunteers in Police, the California Highway Patrol Historical Museum, and the Concerns of Police Survivors. Spectators are free. For further information or a entry form, please contact the Event Coordinator Darryl M. Lindsay via 650-743-4486 or email;, visit our Facebook page under the show title, or see our website at Thank you for your support.

Each year the men and women of the Menlo Park Police Department recognize the date September 22nd with a sense of the loss that was suffered by the department and the family of Officer John Lyle on this day in 1960. Police officers are required to consider the possibilities that they could be exposed to the most extreme perils of the job and that the outcome of any engagement could change the trajectory of their lives or that of their families. All officers know the possibility exists that they will encounter situations that put them in contact with individuals that the rest of us would rather avoid. Some of those individuals are considered dangerous and would not hesitate to hurt another. That is the type of individual Officer Lyle encountered on September 22, 1960 when he exchanged gunfire with a suspect who occupied a stolen vehicle. As the incident unfolded, the suspect drew a weapon and shot Officer Lyle who died of his injuries. An officer’s response is to help another, to be that thin blue line between those that wish to inflict harm and those that are helpless to defend themselves against the immorality that exists. John Lyle acted as heroically as we would expect of any officer protecting the community and its members from the threats that put everyone in jeopardy. He was an officer that was brave in the face of the danger that unfolded on the day he was taken from his family and the citizens of Menlo Park. Officer Lyle endeavored to protect and serve the Menlo Park Community to the best of his ability and today he is remembered for his courage and heroism. Thank you for your service Officer Lyle. July 4, 1931 – September 22, 1960

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is the oldest purebred dog registry in the United States. Each year, the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence nominates dogs in five separate categories that have significantly impacted the lives of their owners and people in their communities. 1. Uniformed Service K-9 2. Exemplary Companion 3. Search and Rescue 4. Therapy 5. Service This year, Menlo Park Police Department’s K9 “Duke” has been nominated for the Uniformed Service Police K-9. This category is reserved for full-time working K-9s in the realms of city, county, state or federal law enforcement; the military; firefighting; customs and border patrol; and/or emergency services. In past years, AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo has been quoted as saying, “Whether providing comfort or saving lives, each of these dogs has in some way improved the lives of others and the impact they have made on their community is truly inspiring.” To learn more about the AKC Humane Fund, visit their Facebook page @AKCHumaneFund or to read more about last year’s award recipients, follow this link Congratulations Duke!

Today was Facebook's Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival where officers from the Menlo Park Police Department were on hand enjoying a visit from the community members that dropped by. Today Officer Torres was out with his K9 partner Hardy who loved all the attention he recieved from everyone. Thanks for dropping by and supporting the Menlo Park Police Department.

At no time is a training exercise like Urban Shield more essential than with the repeated hurricanes that have battered the southeast region and the passing of the anniversary of 9/11. Urban Shield is an exercise in which first responders participate in order to better prepare for large scale events including hostage incidents, terror attacks or natural disasters. The weekend long exercise brought several nationwide agencies together, allowing them to participate in several different scenarios and train for these types of significant events. The training brings all aspects of first responder priorities together by incorporating both police and fire simultaneously as the events are unfolding. As stated in the Urban Shield website, “The exercise evaluates our existing level of preparedness and capabilities, identifying not only what we do well, but areas in need of improvement.” The organized drills allow the opportunity for first responders to run through several training incidents over a period of several days while receiving instruction on any identified deficiencies. The intended result is the improved ability of the participants to better handle incidents that put us all in the way of danger. This event has worked tirelessly to increase and reinforce the abilities of our first responders and we should all feel safer knowing that. If you wish to learn more about Urban Shield, please visit or go to @urbanshield on Facebook for more information.

Bring your child, their seat and your vehicle to this FREE event! We will assist with checking for recalls, proper fit, and help with the correct installation. No appointments are needed. For proper use of a child safety seat, parents/guardians should bring the safety seat and all of its parts, the vehicles owner's manual and the child safety seat instructions to any appointment. For the latest in child safety seat information, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at

9/11 has become a day to remember and honor those who lost their lives while working to try to save the lives of others. Recalling the actions of the many men and women responding to the unthinkable on that day brings with it a sense of pride for their bravery, and sense of sadness for the abrupt end for so many. We are grateful for those that put others before themselves and who make the choice to run toward the hazards and threats in order to help others find their way safely out of danger’s way. Please take a moment to remember the many lost on 9/11.

There is still time to register for the Paws for Paws walk event on Sat. Sept. 9th. We will be donating 25% of our proceeds from the event to Houston SPCA. If you are unable to make it, you can donate on the event link at

This weekend, Saturday, September 9, join us for our 2nd Annual Paws for Paws Walk. Event attendance is FREE, but entrance in the raffles and contests requires a ticket purchase. This is a fun-filled morning, leading off with registration at 8 a.m. and the walk starting at 9 a.m. During your walk, keep your raffle ticket handy, every hour there will be a giveaway! At 11 a.m. catch an exciting K9 demonstration by Menlo Park’s finest. Throughout the morning there will be contests for the doggies, complete with awards!See you there!

Reminder: The deadline for submitting applications for the 2017 Youth Community Police Academy is this Thursday, August 31, 2017. The Academy will begin on Saturday, September 16, 2017 and will continue on Saturdays through October 21, 2017 from 9am to 3pm.

Update: Residential robbery and sexual assault suspect booked On Aug. 11, 2017, a residential robbery and sexual assault occurred on the 1000 block of Ringwood Avenue. The suspect, forced entry into a home, robbed and sexually assaulted the 65 year old victim. The victim was able to escape and notified the Menlo Park Police Department. Officers arrived within minutes of the call and located the suspect on the Ringwood pedestrian overcrossing. A police K9 was deployed to apprehend the suspect but in an effort to escape, the suspect jumped 30 feet onto the roadway below, suffering incapacitating injuries and was taken into custody. See original press release for further information ( The suspect was identified as Lamar Dekari Stevens, a 36 year old African-American male resident of San Jose, who is currently on state parole with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Due to Stevens’ injuries he was admitted for medical treatment at Stanford Medical Center, under police guard. Stevens received medical treatment at Stanford Medical Center and the Menlo Park Police Department requested mutual aid from other San Mateo County law enforcement agencies to assist in the 24 hour security of the suspect. Also, due to his injuries, the California Department of Corrections (CDC) did not place a parole hold on Stevens. During this time, the investigation into this case was completed and transferred to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. A complaint was filed and an arrest warrant was issued for Stevens. The warrant was signed Aug. 14, 2017, by Judge Steven Dylina. The warrant listed the following charges: 3 counts 220(b) PC-assault to commit sexual crimes during a residential burglary, 288(c)(2)(a) PC- lewd acts by force, 664/286 PC-attempted sodomy by force, 286(c)(2)(a) PC- sodomy by force, 243.4 PC-sexual battery by force, 460(a) PC-first degree burglary, 212.5 PC-first degree robbery, 487(a) PC-grand theft. The warrant had a bail of $8 million. On Aug. 18, 2017, seven days after the original crime, Stanford Medical Center cleared Stevens for incarceration and at 8:40 p.m., Menlo Park Police Detectives took Stevens into custody for the above arrest warrant. He was booked into the San Mateo County Jail without further incident.

Residential robbery and assault arrest On August 11, 2017 at about 4:50 a.m., the Menlo Park Police Department officers responded to a victim reporting an unknown male subject broke into his home in the 1000 block of Ringwood Ave., and held him at knife point, robbed and sexually assaulted him. Officers were able to apprehend the suspect after he fled to the Ringwood pedestrian overcrossing. The suspect climbed over a fence on the pedestrian overcrossing and jumped onto Van Buren Rd near Ringwood Ave where he fell approximately 30 feet. The suspect sustained incapacitating injuries due to the fall and was taken into custody without further incident and transported to Stanford Hospital due to his injuries. Once identified, it was found that the suspect is on active State Parole for robbery. The suspect arrested is: Lamar Dekari Stevens, a 36 year old African American male resident of San Jose. Stevens was arrested for the following felony charges: assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, oral copulation by use of force, burglary, residential robbery, assault with intent to commit sexual assault. A California Department of Corrections parole hold was also placed on Stevens. Currently due to Stevens injuries, he is in custody at Stanford Hospital and will remain there under police control until he is cleared for incarceration into the County Jail. Reference case 17-2512 See full press release at this link.

2017 Youth Community Police Academy The Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2017 Menlo Park Youth Community Police Academy, which will be held on Saturdays starting Sept. 16 - Oct. 21, 2017. All youth in grades 8-12 between the ages of 13 and 18 years old are encouraged to take part in an interactive program that spans over six Saturdays. The youth community police academy will introduce participants to the inner workings of law enforcement and give an overview of police operations and structure. The police department offers this academy in an educational setting with both indoor and outdoor activities which allows youth to ask questions openly and to discuss with police staff any concerns they have with law enforcement. Participants can explore their curiosity and learn what laws are enforced and their importance. The curriculum covers topics such as forensics and crime scenes, traffic operations, patrol operations, K-9 demos, gangs, drugs, and first aid to name a few. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 31. Click this link to apply

Menlo Park to transition from Blackboard Connect to SMC Alert Emergency Alert System The City of Menlo Park is transitioning its Emergency Alert System (EAS-which includes reverse 911 notifications) from Blackboard Connect to San Mateo County Alert System (SMC Alert.) This transition will place Menlo Park in line with other community and special districts in San Mateo County under one EAS. The transition will be finalized September 17, 2017. If members were not registered with Blackboard Connect, and wish to receive emergency public notifications through SMC Alert, visit and click on “Register Now” or call the Office of Emergency Services at (650) 363-4488 for recorded instructions about signing up for a SMC Alert account. The City of Menlo Park and the Police Department will continue to use social media platforms to send out non-emergency, community and some advisory (traffic, arrests, major incidents, etc.) information on Nixle, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Picket Fence and Nextdoor. SMC Alert will be used for emergencies.