About the Department

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Fords 016The San Luis Obispo Police Department consists of 85.5 employees, 59 of which are sworn police officers. The Department is divided into two bureaus, with a Police Captain commanding each. View the department's organizational chart

Reporting Problems

  • For Emergencies dial 911
  • For non-emergencies, call (805) 781-7312
  • For the business line, call (805) 781-7317
  • Physical Address: 1042 Walnut Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  • To report a problem on-line or find further specific City Department contact information for a problem, see our Reporting Problems web page.

Department's Annual Reports:

2016, 2015, 2014


Operations Bureau
Patrol Services: provides 24-hour emergency and non-emergency response and service to the community and includes special assignments such as Field Training Officer, Downtown Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, SWAT, and others. Personnel within the patrol division work a modified 3/12 week. A typical Watch compliment will include a Lieutenant Watch Commander, Sergeant Field Supervisor, and several officers.

Traffic Safety Unit: provides motorcycle assignments and special traffic enforcement. The Traffic Safety Unit is comprised of four patrol officers supervised by a Sergeant. The unit is responsible for enforcing traffic laws, investigating traffic collisions, and other traffic safety duties as assigned.

Neighborhood Services: The Neighborhood Services Manager coordinates the response of City departments to neighborhood issues. In addition, SNAP, Neighborhood Enhancement Ordinance enforcement, Crime Prevention, Working to Improve Neighborhoods (WIN), and various other programs originate from this office.
Administrative Services Bureau
Administrative Services Division: The Administrative Services Division consists of a Sergeant who is responsible for programs administration, internal affairs investigation, civil and permit investigation, training, and special projects.

Investigative Division: The Investigative Division is supervised by a Lieutenant and includes two detectives working property crimes (burglary, grand theft, fraud etc.) and three detectives working crimes against persons (robbery, assault, rape, murder). Also working out of the Investigative division is a School Resource Officer (assigned to the high school and middle school). In addition, one detective is assigned to the county-wide Narcotics Task Force unit.

Communications Division: Communications dispatchers receive incoming telephone calls for service, including 911 calls. Police dispatchers are also responsible for dispatching fire department personnel and applying emergency medical dispatch techniques. The dispatch staffing consists of 10 Communication Technicians managed by 2 Communications Supervisors, answering directly to the Communications manager.

Records Unit: Records clerks are responsible for processing and maintaining the large amount of documentation generated by all divisions within the department. Their work includes meeting state crime reporting standards and preparing court paperwork to the District Attorney's office. The records unit consists of 5 records clerks and a records unit supervisor.

ChaplainsDepartment Chaplains: Chaplains receive training in emotional crisis, understanding the victim response, response to suicide and suicidal tendencies, the death notification process and aftermath, community resources available, and they go on regular ride-alongs with officers.  Currently we utilize them within the department only, however they will eventually respond with officers to assist and support victims in times of crisis should the victim desire their assistance.  Of course they understand their role is not to attempt to moralize, evangelize, proselytize or criticize but to serve in an overall secular and professional  manner for those that need their service.

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Online Forms

If you are a retired Police Officer and you are interested in obtaining your annual CCW endorsement from the San Luis Obispo Police Department, please see the forms below that are required as part of the approval process. 

Retirement ID Application Form
Range Qualification Form