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

Respect. Honor. Gratitude Today, Veterans Day, the Novato Police Department is exceptionally proud of our past and present personnel who have served our country in the military. We would like to take a moment and recognize our many veterans – sworn and civilian – who have bravely served this country and its founding principles of freedom, justice, and liberty for all. To all veterans – we thank you and we celebrate your sacrifice, dedication and pride in this great country. We hope you enjoy your day and are afforded the opportunity to spend valued time with loved ones. The men you see listed below have served our country with honor and now proudly serve the Novato community. Thank you all. You make us #NovatoProud #VeteransDay2018

Good morning, Novato. Did you wake up this morning to a home smelling of smoke? You're not alone. Our air quality will continue to be compromised from the fire in Butte County. Please limit outdoor activities as best you can, particularly if you or your loved ones have preexisting respiratory issues. Be safe, stay alert and take care. #CAwx #CampFire

School Resource Officers Nick Wagner and Antonio Rodriguez gave new meaning to the term "Protect and Serve" at the Hamilton School Family Potluck last night! They were serving up great food to all the families that attended. A big thank you to Hamilton School for including us in this special event! 💙🚔👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 #copsandkids #SROlife #protectandserve

This morning our traffic officers and the OTS Traffic Safety Mascot "Pete Armor" visited the kids at Hamilton Meadow Park School to talk about pedestrian safety. While we were there, Officers Pourfarhani, Officer Barnes and Pete got to do the Cupid Shuffle with the kids. What a great way to start the day!! 💙🚔🎶😎 Photo Credit: Meghan Wood 🎥📷🎶

The men and women of the Novato Police Department send our thoughts and prayers to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office - Official Page, loved ones of Sgt. Helus, and all others impacted by this morning's horrific tragedy. 🙏 #BorderlineShooting

Good Morning Novato! Make sure to tune in to Cuerpo Corazón Comunidad at 11 AM to hear our own Captain Jim Correa and School Resource Officer Antonio Rodriguez talk about issues affecting Novato. This broadcast will be in Spanish and available on KBBF 89.1FM, KWMR 90.5, 89.9, 92.3FM http://www.cuerpocorazoncomunidad.org/ Buenos días Novato! Asegúrate de sintonizar con Cuerpo Corazón Comunidad a las 11 AM para escuchar a nuestro Capitán Jim Correa y al Oficial de Recursos Escolares Antonio Rodríguez hablar sobre los problemas que afectan a Novato. Esta transmisión será en español y estará disponible en KBBF 89.1FM, KWMR 90.5, 89.9, 92.3FM.

The City of Novato and Not in Our Town (NIOT) Novato are proud to be participating in Marin United Against Hate Week. Along with the Novato Police Department, Novato Unified School District and North Marin Community Services, we are sponsoring two events to bring our community together to show our support for a safe, inclusive community. November 8, Thursday, 6:30-8:00 pm at Unity in Marin, 600 Palm Drive, Novato. Age Friendly Novato mural painting, screening of "Light in the Darkness", and community discussion with a student panel. Free. November 10, Saturday, 6:30-8:30 pm at Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. Screening of short film documentary "Waking in Oak Creek" and two guest speakers Pardeep Singh Kaleka and Arno Michaelis. Pardeep, whose father was killed in the attack, and Arno, a former white supremacist, will share their personal accounts of forgiveness after hate, and the experiences that helped them form a friendship and a shared mission to end hate-based violence. They are riveting and inspiring. Kaleka and Michaelis have appeared on CNN’s "Anderson Cooper 360” and on BBC and MSNBC segments, as well as in feature stories in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post. Free. Registration appreciated https://niotnovato.eventbrite.com

Running Relay Begins Tomorrow; Watch for increased Foot Traffic & Support Vehicles The Reebok Ragnar Running Relay begins tomorrow and concludes on Saturday, November 3rd. This event includes 400 teams comprised of 12 team members and chase/support vehicles. Team members take turns running and there are 36 exchange points along the 197 mile course. The event is scheduled to enter into Novato tomorrow around 10:30AM and the last teams are expected to have navigated through Novato by roughly 9:30PM. Please note there are no road closures for this event as the runners and support vehicles are to obey “the rules of the road.” The event coordinators will have staff along the course as well as medical personnel at each exchange point. The exchange point located in Novato will be on Redwood Blvd, north of San Marin Drive. Again, thank you for your patience and caution while this relay passes through Novato. Safety of all remains the highest priority. Have a great weekend!

Burglary Arrest On October 31, 2018, at 3:00 am, Novato Police Officers investigated a burglary, in progress, at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 1806 Novato Blvd. The resident priest reported hearing someone rummaging through the first floor of the building, below his second floor living quarters. Officers searched the first floor and found Jesus Antonio Orosco-Cota, hiding beneath an office desk. Further investigation revealed, the first floor had been ransacked with drawers opened, items misplaced and strewn about the floor. A window screen was removed from a first floor window and it appeared this was how entry was made into the locked building. Orosco-Cota, who is currently on probation for battery, was arrested for burglary and was booked into Marin County Jail. We would like to thank the reporting party for quickly alerting us to this suspicious activity. We remind all of our community members to report suspicious activity immediately by calling 415-897-4361.

UPDATE: Threats by Student Investigated Working with the Marin County District Attorney’s Office and Novato Unified School District, NPD Detectives continued to follow up on investigative leads in this case. Detectives discovered inconsistencies in one student’s version of events. On 11/2/18, Detectives re-interviewed both Novato High School students. One student, a 16 year old male, confessed to sending the threatening messages while falsely impersonating the student who was arrested. It does not appear any other students were either involved in making these threats or was aware the Novato High student had manufactured threats with the intent to implicate another student. At this time, there is no information to believe there was a credible threat to Novato High School. The 16 year old student was arrested for 148.9 PC –False Report of a Crime, 529 PC-Falsely Impersonating another Person, and 422 PC-Criminal Threats. He was booked into Marin County Juvenile Hall. “Weaponizing the police with false allegations such as those in this case was not only a travesty for the accused boy but a gross waste of scarce resources that unnecessarily put our community on edge. I’m grateful our team thoroughly investigated this case and got to the truth” said Chief McGill. We would like to thank our community partners at Novato Unified School District and Marin County District Attorney’s Office for this assistance during this investigation. 10/31/2018 Threats by Student Investigated On October 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm, the Novato Police Department received information that several Novato High students received threatening electronic messages from a 16-year-old male, a student at another Marin high school, making statements regarding the students’ sexual orientation while threatening a school shooting at Novato High School on October 31st. As part of the investigation, officers interviewed the students who received the threats. NPD Detectives obtained a search warrant and contacted the accused student at his residence. He and his family were cooperative with detectives and denied having any intentions to cause harm at the school. A search of his residence was conducted and a pellet gun was located. No other guns or weapons were located. After the preliminary investigation, the student was arrested and booked at Marin County Juvenile Hall for 422 PC-Criminal Threats and 422.6 PC-Hate Crime. The case will be forwarded to the Marin County District Attorney’s office for review. The accused student will be referred to services. Its early in this investigation and the accused is innocent until proven guilty. This case is example of why it is important to report any suspicious or concerning behavior. “See Something, Say Something” is a campaign that promotes early warning reporting and is intended to prevent tragic situations from occurring by early intervention. We encourage students and community members to report concerning behavior immediately to the police department by calling 415-897-4361 or directly to a School Resource Officer. Tips can be submitted anonymously at crimetips@novato.org. Campus safety is everyone’s responsibility. “Our officers are fully committed to protecting our students, faculty, and staff. Our SRO’s and team have worked hard to build relationships with the campus community, so we’re better connected to learn about threats before its too late. I’m grateful for the proactive effort in this case. Acts of hate and threats of violence will not be tolerated in Novato”, said Chief Adam McGill. Although, there is no continuing threat to Novato High School or the students involved, officers will be providing high visibility presence in the area of Novato High School today to reassure students and parents. The NPD has well developed plans for responding to incidents taking place at schools and is fully prepared to respond to any situation on campus. We continue to work closely with Novato Unified School District to ensure safety at all NUSD facilities.

UPDATE: On October 23, 2018, we asked for your help in locating Connor Edwards. We have been contacted by Edwards family and they have been back in communication with him. He contacted his family within six hours of our social media post. Edwards is staying in the San Francisco area. We would like to thank our community for helping to locate Edwards and spread the word about his disappearance. Original Post: 10/23/18 The Novato Police Department is seeking your help in locating a missing person, Michael "Connor" Edwards. In August of 2018, a person hiking in Miwok Park called Novato Police Department to report a motorcycle they found near a trail. NPD Officers went to the park and found the motorcycle but were not able to locate anyone claiming to be the owner. When officers found the motorcycle, it appeared that the motorcycle was not functional. Several other items, presumably belonging to the motorcycle owner, were also located such as a sleeping bag, a helmet and clothing. On October 23rd, 2018 at around 4:15 pm, the Novato Police Department received a phone call from a relative of Michael Connor Edwards who inquired about the motorcycle that Novato Police Department towed from Miwok Park in August of 2018. Edwards is the registered owner of the towed motorcycle (photo included). A notice had been sent to Edwards’ residence by Novato Police advising that the motorcycle had been towed. Edwards is a resident of Pinal County Arizona, the location where family member called from. Edwards’ family told investigating officers that Edwards, who goes by the first name Connor, had been on a road trip for the last nine months. Connor intended on riding through the northwest region of the United States before meeting with his family later in the year in New Orleans. Connor had been calling family members on a weekly basis up to the month of August and had not been heard of since. After speaking with Connor’s family, Novato Police Department learned that an ATM/DEBIT card belonging to Connor was used in in San Francisco, CA in August of 2018 and after the date the motorcycle was towed from Miwok Park. Investigating officers confirmed that Conner was the person using the card. Connor remains a missing person. The Novato Police Department is investigating Connor’s disappearance with the assistance of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. We would also like to thank the California Department of Justice - Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit who has assisted us with the investigation. Connor’s photograph has been sent to law enforcement agencies throughout the State of California and Connor’s photograph has been placed on the State of California, Attorney General’s Website for Missing Persons. https://oag.ca.gov/missing/person/michael-connor-edwards Connor is a Caucasian male aged 25 years. He is 5'09" tall and weighs 160 pounds. Connor has black hair and brown eyes. Connor isn’t known to suffer from any medical conditions. His disappearance is unexpected. The Novato Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with locating Connor and thank them in advance for any assistance provided. Tips can be directed to the Novato Police Department at 415-897-4361 or by email at crimetips@novato.org.

A Message from Chief Adam McGill Novato stands united! The men and women of the Novato Police Department are committed to protecting ALL people in these troubling times of society division and hate motivated violence. Hate speech and hate crimes are on the rise. We stand united in that we will not tolerate such activity in our city and will vigorously investigate all cases. Speak up and stand up against hate. There is no place for it in Novato. Please join us on November 8th at Unity in Marin, 600 Palm Drive in Novato at 6:00 PM for a community discussion and film, Light in the Darkness. To learn more about Novato’s efforts in equity, inclusivity, and protection, visit: https://www.westerncity.com/article/novato-says-not-our-town https://www.facebook.com/events/1447528155391877/ https://www.niot.org/ https://unitedagainsthateweek.org/

November (aka Movember!) is Men’s Health Month In a few short days some of our officers may start to look a tad bit scruffy. Don’t worry – it’s for a great cause! Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, including: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men's health.” During the month of October, we’ve proudly worn our #PinkPatchProject shoulder patches in support of breast cancer awareness. Next week, we'll be wearing some additional facial hair in support of men's health. By encouraging men to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of any family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Be sure to stay tuned for photos of our winners! But in the meantime, check out some photos from last year’s participants! We encourage you to join us in supporting the Movember cause – you can embrace your inner Clark Gable or Tom Selleck and grow those moustaches. Or you can identify a local research organization of your choice to donate to. Participate. Spread the word. Raise awareness. Everybody wins. #Movember #NoShaveNovember

Ofc C. Zepeda got to participate in the final day of Red Ribbon Week at San Ramon Elementary! 🕺🏼🎤📀 #CommunityPolicing

Halloween is less than 1️⃣️ week away!! ✔️ out some of our tips 👇 so you and your loved ones can safely enjoy your Halloween festivities. 🎃 Our patrol officers will be out and about on special 👀 for ghosts and goblins! 👻🧟‍♂️🕷️ If you see us or have any questions, give us a holler! 👋

Tonight we celebrated with the graduates of our Spanish Language Community Academy. Our graduates spent the last eight weeks with us learning about what we do every day. The best part of this program is getting to know the community members we serve and letting them into our world to meet our staff and see police work first hand. The most popular part of the academy is the field exercise day where we put our community members through real life scenarios to experience what our officers encounter in the field each day. We always hear from our students that that this is their favorite and most eye opening part of the program. We would like to thank and congratulate our most recent class on their graduation! If you are interested in attending a future community academy, please contact Sergeant Trevor Hall at thall@novato.org. 👮🏽‍♂️🎓🚔

National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 21-27 Rules for the Road: Teaching Teen Drivers How to be Safe Behind the Wheel This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and the Novato Police Department wants to remind parents and guardians the importance of talking to their teen drivers about new responsibilities and rules that come with operating a vehicle. For teens, getting a license is a rite of passage tied to freedom and independence, but is also something that can be dangerous because teens lack experience behind the wheel and are more likely to take risks. National Teen Driver Safety Week is a way to encourage all parents to instill good driving habits that help their teens stay safe on the road. The reality is that vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to 18. According to data from the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 73,736 crashes in 2016 involving drivers 16 to 20 years old in California alone. In those crashes, 437 people were killed. Throughout the week (Oct. 21-27), the Novato Police Department will join the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) in offering tips to parents and caregivers on how to talk to teens about the consequences of making dangerous and illegal choices behind the wheel. • Graduated Driver License (GDL): Learn about California’s GDL laws, which place restrictions on passengers and driving late at night during the first year they have a license. • Lead by example: Practice safe driving yourself. Have practice driving sessions with your teen. • Set Ground Rules: No cell phones, no passengers, no speeding, no alcohol, no drowsy driving, and always buckle up. No keys until they know the rules. Establish consequences you will enforce if your teen breaks the rules. • With driving comes great responsibility: Remind your teen that driving requires your full attention. Texts and phone calls can wait. Teach them about zero-tolerance laws, and the adult consequences they face for driving after drinking or using drugs. Urge them to never ride with someone who has been drinking or using drugs. To learn more about teen driver safety, visit the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) website at http://ghsa.org/html/issues/teens/index.html.

The Novato Police Department has joined forces with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to implement best practices in the delivery of police services to community members affected by mental health. Earlier this month, the Novato Police Department took IACP’s One Mind Campaign pledge, a challenge issued to law enforcement agencies around the country. The One Mind Campaign focuses on four strategies to guide departments as they seek to improve their interactions with persons affected by mental illness. • Establish a clearly defined and sustainable relationship with at least one community mental health organization • Develop and implement a written policy addressing law enforcement response to persons affected by mental illness • Demonstrate that 100 percent of sworn officers are trained and certified in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) • Demonstrate that 20 percent of sworn officers are trained and certified on the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. The Novato Police Department has provided Crisis Intervention Training to all police officers and some civilian staff members. In addition, we have worked closely with our partner agencies in developing our policies and implementing best practices in responding to mental health emergencies. "We’re pleased to have pledged and exceeded the requirements of this national campaign. The Novato Police Department is committed to the preservation of life and passionately serving those struggling with mental health issues," said Chief Adam McGill. To date, 274 law enforcement agencies have taken the pledge nationally, and five associations have partnered with IACP to bring awareness to this important issue, including Crisis Intervention Team International, the National Marshall and Constables Association, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. To learn more about the One Mind Campaign, visit the One Mind Campaign webpage, or email onemindcampaign@theiacp.org.

Novato Police Department Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant The Novato Police Department has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long enforcement and public awareness program. The traffic safety program is intended to educate the public on safe roadway habits and deter people from violating traffic laws or practicing other unsafe behaviors that lead to injuries and fatalities. The grant from OTS will fund various education and enforcement activities for the 2019 federal fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019): • DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols to take suspected alcohol/drug-impaired drivers – and those unlicensed or with a revoked/suspended license – off the road. • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted, impaired and teen driving, and bicycle/pedestrian safety. • Patrols at intersections with increased incidents of pedestrian and bike collisions. • Motorcycle safety operations in areas with high rider volume and where higher rate of motorcycle crashes occur. • Speeding, red light and stop sign enforcement. • Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training to identify and apprehend suspected impaired drivers. In 2016, 3,623 people were killed in crashes across the state, a 7 percent increase from 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian deaths, with 867 pedestrians killed on California roadways in 2016, a nearly 33 percent increase from 2012. Along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies like phones and drug-impaired driving, this grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these dangerous and illegal behaviors. “Almost all crashes are preventable,” OTS director Rhonda Craft said. “Education and enforcement go hand in hand helping change behaviors that cause devastating crashes.” Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. # # #