Mountain View Police Department

  • Agency: Mountain View Police Department
  • Address: 1000 Villa Street, Mountain View, 94041 CA
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)
Phone: 650-903-6344
Fax: 650-964-2202

Mountain View Police Department is located at 1000 Villa Street, Mountain View, 94041 CA. The Mountain View Police Department phone number is 650-903-6344.

Mountain View Police Department News

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Mountain View! Our annual Cops + Gobblers is in desperate need of donations to feed roughly 400 families in Mountain View this Thanksgiving. With the event less than three weeks away, we are a ways off from meeting our goal in order to provide a family of four with a Thanksgiving meal -- yes, that includes a turkey! Hear from our very own Amber Wilson (one of the helping hands behind the event) about why Cops + Gobblers means so much to hundreds of community members every year. Learn more about the program and sign up to donate here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4lyGQQKhFE It only takes $50 to feed a family of four this holiday season, and we'd love to be able to give to each and every family that needs some extra TLC (turkey, love and care) this year. To donate, visit www.mvpsf.org/donate.php and select the "Cops and Gobblers" option. Or, if you'd like, make a check out to the "Mountain View Public Safety Foundation" or "MVPSF" and in the memo section, please add "Cops + Gobblers." Checks can be mailed to: Mountain View Police Department Attn: Amber Wilson 1000 Villa Street Mountain View, CA 94041 The event, which will be held on Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. right here at 1000 Villa Street, will be held rain or shine and will be made entirely possible from all of our residents' incredible generosity. Anyone with any additional questions can reach out to Amber Wilson at Amber.Wilson@mountainview.gov.

When you realize you get an extra hour of sleep this weekend 😱 Don’t forget to turn 🔙 those ⏰ before you head to bed tomorrow as Daylight Savings Time officially ends 🙌 Hellloooo precious sleep 💤

Please join us in congratulating MVPD's Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator Katie Nelson, who was just awarded the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Athena Young Professional's Award. Katie was selected based on her passion for excellence and her outstanding work engaging and informing the Mountain View community through our social media channels and community events. Whether you follow us here on Facebook or on our other platforms like Nextdoor, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat, you're enjoying Katie's handiwork (and witty sense of humor). We're very fortunate to have her as part of the MVPD team and so thankful for her passion to connect with and serve you! 👏

Mountain View, we have an announcement. We’re going all in on trick-or-treating this year. We have, in our possession, bags of 🍭🍫 looking for a good home. Know someone who’d take good care of their sweet tooth? Find us out on patrol. We’ll connect you 👋 Happy Halloween, everyone!

It’s spooky how close Halloween ⁠is! Share these safety tips w/ your 🧙‍♀️🧟‍♂️🧛‍♀️👻 to stay eerily safe tomorrow 👇 🎃Trick-or-treat w/ a group 🎃Wear costumes that folks on the road can 👀 🎃🚗🚕🚙🏍🛵, drive extra careful 🎃🙅‍♂️ eat unwrapped 🍭🍫

An alert Mountain View woman helped in the arrest of a man who had broken into her home early Sunday morning. On Oct. 28 around 5:15 a.m., officers responded to an apartment on the 700 block of Oak Street for reports of an unidentified man who had been inside the home, but who had left just before we were called. When we arrived, we spoke with the resident, a 55-year-old woman, who stated that she had been awakened when a man had walked into her room around 4:55 a.m. The woman said she jumped out of bed and pointed at the man and yelled at him to get out of the apartment. The man, she said, ran back to the front door and ran out. Nothing in the home had been taken, the woman stated. A perimeter was set up around the apartment to look for the suspect, described as a dark-haired man in his 30s wearing flannel pajama pants and a black t-shirt. A short distance from the apartment near Eagle Park, one of our officers responding to the call spotted a man matching the suspect description and he was detained. The woman positively identified the man as the same one who had been in her room. The man, identified as 27-year-old transient Jesus Quintero was subsequently placed into handcuffs. While being told he was being placed under arrest, Quintero jumped up onto the ledge of a pillar and tensed up in an effort to try and deter officers from completing the arrest. He was placed in a patrol car without further incident and was subsequently arrested for burglary and resisting arrest.

If there's something strange drivin' in your 'hood Where you gonna walk? (go crosswalks) If there's someone weird And they don't drive good Where you gonna walk? (go crosswalks) Hello-ween everyone! We're just a few days away from the ultimate night of tricks and treats, but when it comes to safety on the road, there shouldn't be any tricks involved. Make sure you are keeping an eye out for pedestrians and bicyclists if you are out and about this weekend and next week. Pedestrians, make sure you have reflective clothing and that you are clearly visible when you are walking across a road. We're always available -- kinda like the Ghostbusters -- but we want to make sure everyone knows that traffic safety is everyone's responsibility. Keep an eye out for each other, slow your roll, and if you see things, running lights and signs, who you gonna call? Us, for sure!

Gobble gobble, Mountain View! Let's talk turkey. Holidays are right around the corner, and the annual Cops + Gobblers event is on the lookout for some help! Every year, your donations help make the program a huge success for hundreds of families in our city. And this year, we have a new and convenient way to contribute for those who would like to do so! That's right, we've hit the 21st century and are now accepting online donations (we'll still take donations the old-fashioned way too). It only takes $50 to feed a family of four this holiday season, and we'd love to be able to give to each and every family that needs some extra TLC (turkey, love and care) this year. To donate, visit www.mvpsf.org/donate.php and select the "Cops and Gobblers" option. Or, if you'd like, make a check out to the "Mountain View Public Safety Foundation" or "MVPSF" and in the memo section, please add "Cops + Gobblers." Checks can be mailed to: Mountain View Police Department Attn: Amber Wilson 1000 Villa Street Mountain View, CA 94041 The event, which will be held on Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. right here at 1000 Villa Street, will be held rain or shine and will be made entirely possible from all of our residents' incredible generosity. Anyone with any additional questions can reach out to Amber Wilson at Amber.Wilson@mountainview.gov.

You talk. We listen. Period. When we hit the streets every day, we have to be up-to-date on all the ways that we can best serve Mountain View, no matter how tough the situation may be. Every resident matters, in every incident, so we regularly train in crisis intervention to try and ensure each and every person gets the help they need, no matter what.

Mountain View, do you recognize this man? On Friday, Oct. 19, around 5:45 p.m., officers responded to reports of a robbery at the Meriwest Credit Union, located on the 500 block of N. Rengstorff Avenue. When we arrived, employees told us that a man walked up to a bank teller and presented a demand note, which included mention of a gun. Employees then told us the man displayed what appeared to be a hand gun before leaving the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was last seen walking out of the bank into the Monta Loma Plaza, the shopping center where the bank is located. The suspect is described as a white adult man in his mid 40s or mid 50s, roughly 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and with a clean-cut goatee. He was last seen wearing a dark blue track suit with a Navy insignia on the sweatshirt and “Navy” written down the right leg of the sweat pants. Anyone with any information on this case, including the identity of this man, can contact Detective Dan Garcia at dan.garcia@mountainview.gov. Any media inquiries should be directed to PIO Katie Nelson at policepio@mountainview.gov.

UPDATE: On Sunday, Oct. 21, 73-year-old Job Lopez was issued a citation for petty theft and for vandalism. He is scheduled to appear in court in December. A man connected to a vandalism case on Friday involving a city council candidate's campaign sign has been identified. While the investigation into this case is still ongoing, we wanted to provide the community with an update in light of the traction this incident has received. On Friday, Oct. 19, around 3:40 am, a man walked up to front door of a home on the 100 block of Church Street. Home security footage captured the man allegedly defacing a campaign sign belonging to city council candidate John Inks. In the video, the man appears to spray paint the sign, walk back to the front of the yard and pick up another type of sign, and walk away. The man seen in the video was wearing sunglasses with the hood of his sweatshirt pulled up over a baseball cap, dark colored pants and gloves. When we received a copy of this footage early Saturday morning, one of our officers immediately recognized the man. That individual was interviewed on Saturday, and on Sunday, officers issued a citation for petty theft and for vandalism to 73-year-old Job Lopez. He is scheduled to appear in court in December. Should anything change, or should we have further updates on this incident, we will immediately inform our community. We appreciate your patience as we gather information and as we thoroughly investigate this incident. We encourage anyone who has any additional information on this incident to contact Sgt. Wahed Magee at wahed.magee@mountainview.gov. Press inquiries can be sent to PIO Katie Nelson at policepio@mountainview.gov

While everyone’s week comes to a close, so does our latest academy for our next round of graduates! These men and women have been working nonstop to perfect their skills to ensure they are ready to best serve this great city.

Your best friend and partner. Cancer’s worst nightmare. Here at the Mountain View Police Department, it’s not just our human colleagues who stand up to the disease by having a Pink Patch, our four-legged teammates doggedly support the cause as well 🐾💙

October is a very special month here at the police department. Apart from fall finally arriving, and Halloween just around the corner, October also has 31 days to remind our neighbors about ways to stay safe and how to best report crimes. First and foremost, there are several simple ways to work to ensure you and your neighbors not only stay safe, but that you do not become victims of crime. Remember to lock all your doors on your home AND your vehicle before you head out during the day or before you turn in for the night. Make sure to take all important valuables with you no matter how quick your trip will be -- losing your phone, laptop, wallet or iPod to a crime of opportunity is not only a horrible feeling, it's entirely preventable. When you are out of town, make sure you have trusted neighbors to keep an eye out on your home, and pick up any newspapers, mail or packages that may be delivered. If you can, stop those services or re-route them to your work or to an Amazon or UPS locker, for example, until you return. Keep a few lights on to make it look like you are home, and even keep a radio on to keep those criminals thinking twice about trying to burgle you if they hear noises within! If you are able, purchase home security cameras that will alert you to odd movements in and around potentially vulnerable points of your home. Put away all gardening tools prior to heading out. Make it harder for people to look into your home by allowing your bushes and trees to grow a bit higher, and put locks on your windows -- something as simple as a wood dowel could help! If you are a victim of a crime, call 911 immediately. If you would like to report something to police that is not an emergency, you can reach us directly by calling 650-903-6344. If you have questions about police-related work, feel free to reach out to us here, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram or on Snapchat! While these channels are not monitored 24/7, nor should they EVER be used to report an in-progress crime, we work to be as responsive as possible to either answer your questions or direct you to the person who can! So, as you take these reminders with you this weekend, please, let us know if you have any additional questions, or add any additional tips that you have found work for you and your neighbors below! As always, stay safe, Mountain View.

Battling cancer can really be a team effort. Last night, we stood with our teammates at Mountain View Fire Department as we honored Pink Patch Project and all those who have bravely battled the disease. The pink patches we have are for every family member and friend who has faced cancer, and who has put all their unwavering strength into telling the disease “You won’t beat me.” We were honored to be recognized by the city last night. And we’re honored every day to be a part of a community that believes in supporting one another.

Yoga, Zumba, hey! Dance with us on Saturday Cancer, you can’t play Fit to Fight is Saturday, October 20 at Mountain View City Hall Plaza. Proceeds will go to Cancer CAREpoint and Bay Area Cancer Connections! Learn more and sign up here: https://www.fitter.us/fitter-events/fit-to-fight

Raise your ✋ if ☕️ and community makes you 😃 this much 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️ What an incredible morning spent with our residents on one of our favorite hashtag holidays — National Coffee with a Cop Day! We had a blast starting our day over good coffee and great conversation. A big thanks to Starbucks for hosting all of us. We truly appreciated it. Hope you have a fully caffeinated, truly awesome rest of your week, MV. We’re here if you need us ✌️

‪REMINDER: National Coffee with a Cop Day is tomorrow, and we’re celebratin’. ‬ ‪Join us for our last weekday Coffee with a Cop of the year in lovely downtown MV.‬ ‪We'll be at the Starbucks at 750 Castro Street from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ‬ ‪See you there 👋☕️🚓

This month, we are joining police departments across the country as we honor those who have bravely fought cancer by participating in the Pink Patch Project. Throughout October, we will be featuring stories from our own on what the Pink Patch means to them, and even more so, how the courage of each person who has battled cancer has impacted their lives. This patch doesn't just represent those who have battled one particular type of cancer. This patch, and the departments who wear it, are working to raise awareness for all cancers. We are no stranger to the battle -- one of our own bravely fought a Stage 3 cancer this year, returning to work just last month. We are excited to share our stories with you, and more so, we look forward to creating a support network here and in-person about what the Pink Patch means to you. If you'd like to join us, our limited edition Pink Patches are on sale too! They are available for just $10. All proceeds go to local support groups to help those who have battled cancer or who are current cancer patients, or to help extended family who have been impacted by the disease. Email Jodie Pierce for more information at MVPDpinkpatch@mountainview.gov. We're in this together, no matter what. We know that those months, or years, battling cancer are some of the hardest any of us could face. We're here for you, and our Pink Patch campaign is just one of the ways that we show that.

UPDATE 10:52 am: Only 48 customers remain without power. A majority of the outage has been resolved. There is a power outage impacting roughly 4,000 customers in and around the Shoreline West neighborhood. PG&E is en route to determine the cause and work to fix the outage as quickly as possible. Intersections may be impacted by the outage, including some along El Camino Real, Rengstorff and Shoreline Boulevard. Please treat all affected intersections as four-way stops. Do NOT drive through an intersection where traffic lights are out before stopping and looking to ensure you are clear to go forward. Please follow PG&E for updates on the outage at www.pge.com.

You make it easy Protectin’ you Make it easy With every little thing you do You're our sunshine in the darkest days Our better half, our saving grace We'll be there, drive safely You make it easy MV Jason Aldean is at Shoreline Amphitheatre At Mountain View tonight! Expect traffic in the area. Make sure you leave with plenty of time to get to your seats to enjoy the show. And if you are heading out of the area, please know you may hit some traffic as you pass by concertgoers. And please, enjoy the show responsibly! If you need to, book a ride share home, walk, bike or even take public transit. Thanks for helping us help everyone in Mountain View stay safe!

An Oakland man has been arrested in connection with a strangling and a rape that occurred in Mountain View on Sunday. Lavel Powell, 29, was arrested without incident by Mountain View detectives Thursday morning. On Sunday, Sept. 23, around 9:30 a.m., we responded to an area hospital for reports of a woman who showed visible signs of sexual assault. When we arrived, we spoke with the victim, who stated that a friend, later identified as Powell, had contacted her in the early morning hours on Sunday, telling her that he needed her to pick him up at a business in Mountain View. The victim picked Powell up and the two drove to the 800 block of Greenview Drive, where the victim parked and the two proceeded to talk. At some point during that conversation, Powell grabbed the victim by the neck and began to strangle her until she lost consciousness. When the victim awoke, Powell was sexually assaulting her. The victim was able to push Powell out of the car and she subsequently drove to an area hospital for treatment. Detectives quickly gathered information on the suspect, and on Sept. 27, arrested Powell outside his place of work in Palo Alto. “These cases are never easy, and what this young woman suffered is beyond reprehensible,” said Sgt. Dan Vicencio. “We are investigating this case fully.” The successful arrest of Powell was in large part thank to the Mountain View Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit, the Crime Suppression Unit, Mountain View Police Department patrol units, the Palo Alto Police Department, and the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team. Powell was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on charges of rape by force. He is being held without bail.

REMINDER: Coffee is always better with friends. So why not join us? National Coffee with a Cop Day is next Wednesday, Oct. 3, and we're gonna be celebrating in style at the downtown Starbucks here in Mountain View. Catch us at 750 Castro St. from 9-11 a.m. See you then, friends!

Hi everyone, As promised, below is a list of the "most discussed" topics on social media regarding traffic (not including locations). Each month, we will share traffic statistics on eight topics that we see as being of primary concern to our residents: injury collisions, fatal collisions, collisions involving bicycles, collisions involving pedestrians, stop sign violations, red light violations, speeding violations and cell phone violations. We will also continue to share weekly enforcement efforts we conduct throughout the city. This effort was announced earlier this summer. The details on that initiative can be found here: https://www.mountainview.gov/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=1349&TargetID=9 Below are the statistics for top traffic topics for July 2018. Please note, in order to provide you the most complete data, we will be providing data from two months prior so that we can ensure as much as possible that all collision investigations and other data are complete and included. This does not guarantee that the data sets are 100 percent complete, but we will update them should the need arise. You will be able to see more data, including where the incident occurred, the primary collision factor (abbreviated PCF, meaning the primary reason why the collision occurred), and if the collisions involved a bicyclist, a pedestrian, someone driving under the influence, and more, in our quarterly compilation. That compilation will be released in October. July 2018 statistics: Injury collision -- 12 Fatalities -- 0 Speeding violations -- 18 Stop sign violations -- 30 Signal violations -- 12 Cell phone violations -- 13 Bike collisions -- 0 Pedestrian Collisions -- 0 As this month is Pedestrian Safety Month, we are pleased to report that in June and July of 2018, there were NO collisions involving pedestrians. We continue to conduct heavy enforcement efforts, as well as education and engagement initiatives, to keep our residents and those who travel to work in Mountain View aware of what road safety is and how that impacts everyone -- drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. Drivers, please remember to keep your eyes up, your phones down, to stop at stop signs, and to look both ways before driving through an intersection. The same goes for bicyclists! Pedestrians, make sure one ear is free of any earbuds so that you are aware of your surroundings, and remember to keep your eyes up as you cross streets or pass by driveways. We want to thank everyone for continuing to share traffic safety messaging and for keeping us informed of areas they may think need additional TLC (traffic law consultation -- we just made that up but we like it). We appreciate everyone's patience as we visit each site and spend time there to ensure that folks are following the law and making sure that they are safely traveling while out and about in Mountain View.