Walter N. Schuld
Chief of Police
Welcome to the San Pablo Police Department’s website. It is my privilege to serve as the Chief of Police in a very unique and diverse community. The men and women of the police department are well-trained, highly professional individuals who are dedicated to ensuring that its residents enjoy living, working, and recreating in San Pablo.
The Police Department is backed by a forward thinking Mayor, City Council, and City Manager who are dedicated to providing the resources necessary to ensure the police department provides for a safe community. This support has enabled us to develop several successful programs that reach out to the community and our youth.
Our Youth and Education Services (Y.E.S.) Program connects to our children in schools on a variety of topics that include gangs, drugs, good and bad consequences of actions, peer pressure, bullying, self-esteem, and the importance of individual responsibility. By the time your children finish the 8th grade they will have had 6 positive interactions and educational classes with a police officer. Y.E.S. Program School Resource Officers are very active in providing home visits to troubled youth, one-on-one counseling sessions at schools, and parent assistance. The Y.E.S. Program also offers a Leadership Program, Parent Project, Community Olympics Program, and Kids to Camp Program. We also offer a Police Explorer Program for young men and women that are interested in pursuing a law enforcement career. Explorers are exposed to the law enforcement profession and are provided experiential learning in a safe environment that promotes their growth and development.
To reduce crime on your block and prepare for a disaster, we offer Neighborhood Watch, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and other community programs. We also sponsor several community events including our Annual Community Awards Dinner, Public Safety Day, and Town Hall Meetings.
Our Patrol Division is highly trained to respond, prevent, and control crime. Our patrol force provides problem orientated policing, foot patrols, traffic and DUI enforcement, and resolves a variety of complaints. As part of our patrol team, we have a two officer bicycle patrol that is an effective tool in community policing and preventing crime.
The Patrol Division is backed by a highly successful investigations unit, which boasts one of the highest clearance rates in the Bay Area over the past two decades for homicides and violent crimes. Our gang enforcement unit compliments our enforcement efforts by aggressively investigating violent criminal street gangs and has been highly successful in disrupting and controlling their activities.
We strive to provide excellent police services to our residents. Only through our community’s partnership can we be truly successful. Please feel free to contact us anytime with questions about our services or programs.