260 South "M" Street
Tulare, CA 93274
(559) 686-3457 (fax)
(559) 686-3454 - Dispatch Non-Emergency Number
The office of the Chief of Police provides
administrative direction to the department through the various Divisions.
The Chief determines departmental objectives and goals, then ensures
that police operations are planned and coordinated toward the attainment
of those directives.
The Chief serves as a liaison to the community by providing the
City Manager and Council with recommendations and proposals, establishing
working relationships with other agencies in the criminal justice
system, and directly meeting with the public on a one-to-one basis.
The Administration division consists of the following special units:
Cops on Campus/School Resource Officers
The Communications Center serves as the hub of the day to day operations
of the Police Department. During emergency situations communications
becomes the center of activity for both police and fire.
The communications staff is primarily responsible for five emergency
911 lines, one seven digit emergency line, two police channels,
one fire channel, one direct line to Tulare District Hospital and
one direct line to the California Department of Forestry. They additionally
monitor local government, Tulare County Sheriff's department, California
Highway Patrol and intercity radios for traffic.
In addition to these primary responsibilities Communications enters
and retrieves data from NCIC/CII and the Tulare County Automated
Warrant System. Besides this they meet the general public monitor
a CB radio, city alarms and keep check on security monitors.
The Records unit, continues to provide essential services to the
officers of the department, the general public and allied agencies.
In addition to providing service to the public at the front counter
of the Police Department, Police Records Specialists also answer
police business lines. The Records Specialists provide clerical
services to Investigations, Patrol and Administration. After transcribing
reports dictated by officer the appropriate copies are made and
distributed. Complete case packages are then prepared for submission
to the District Attorney's Office for the consideration of filing
Reports are sold, various fees are collected and processed, filing,
taking messages, correspondence, giving directions and answering
a wide variety of questions are all part of the duties of the Police
The Tulare Police Department continues to actively support proven
crime prevention programs and to explore new and innovative methods
to reduce crime in Tulare.
Neighborhood Watch crime prevention programs are proven and effective
means to substantially reduce not only the incidence of residential
buglaries in a specified geographic area, but the incidence other
crimes. We all know there cannot be a police officer on every corner,
so citizen involvement is essential to combat crime. you and your
neighbors are the ones who really know what is going on in your
neighborhood. By cooperating with each other and the police, people
can help fight crime in their community in the most effective way
BEFORE IT BEGINS! "A good neighbor is one of the most effective
crime prevention tools ever invented."