Police Department

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The Police Department is currently authorized a staff of 88 officers and 35 professional full-time personnel and is responsible for protecting the City’s residents, property owners and businesses. The department fosters a problem-solving, community policing philosophy and works collaboratively with policymakers, the City Manager’s Office, and the community to address problems of crime and property damage.

Under the leadership of Chief Nishant Joshi, the Alameda Police Department is organized into the Bureau of Field Services and the Bureau of Support Services. The Bureau of Field Services include the Patrol Division and Investigations Division; The Bureau of Support Services include the Traffic Division, Technical, and Administrative services.

Department Head


Chief of Police, Nishant Joshi

Beginning his career with the Oakland Police Department in 1998, Chief Joshi has held several key leadership positions. He was promoted to Captain in 2014 and began serving as OPD's Deputy Chief in February 2021. Chief Joshi earned a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Hayward, and an M.A. degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga.

The Alameda Police Department is organized into the Bureau of Field Services and the Bureau of Support Services. Bureau of Field Services includes the Patrol Division, and Investigations Division; Bureau of Support Services includes the Traffic Division, technical services, and administrative services.

Office of the Chief
Bureau of Field Services  Bureau of Support Services 
Statement of Values   Vision Statement 

Patrol Layout

The Alameda Police Department's patrol layout is based on a three sector system. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, officers are assigned to the three sectors in a patrol or specialized assignment capacity. When daily emergency and non-emergency calls are made to the police department, the Communication Center will assign them to the patrol officers. Patrol officers are responsible for handling these calls for service with the primary area of focus being their assigned patrol sector during their shift.

The Alameda Police Department hosts community beat meetings in an effort to create direct lines of communication between residents and the APD officers and lieutenants who directly serve your jurisdiction. Community members will learn more about activities in their neighborhoods and have the ability to collaboratively address public safety matters in their direct area. These meeting are intended to be attended by residents and business owners who reside in their designated beat in order to collaboratively work together to formulate and address concerns that directly impact their immediate neighborhoods.  


Use the button below to view upcoming meetings in your respective community beat.   

Upcoming Community Beat Meeting 

Police Officer

As a Police Officer with APD you will have the opportunity to work in the following specialized areas: K9, Motors/Traffic Enforcement, Violent Crimes, Property Crimes, Special Investigations, Internal Affairs, Personnel and Recruitment, Harbor Patrol, Peer Support, Critical Incident Response Team (which includes SWAT and Crisis Negotiations), Housing Authority Officer, and Honor Guard.

For more information on submitting an application or the hiring process, please contact the Personnel and Training Unit at 510-337-8366. 

Lateral Police Officers Academy Graduates 

Entry Level Academy  Attendee


We are currently accepting applications for our Police Dispatcher positions. For more information on submitting an application or the hiring process, please contact the Personnel and Training Unit at 510-337-8366.

Dispatcher Application

Additional Opportunities

For more information on current part-time employment opportunities at Alameda Police, please visit our online job board or subscribe below for future notifications:

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The City of Alameda is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply. It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age. Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace. Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department. Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.

Part of the Services Division, the Records Unit, is responsible for all reports that are generated by the Department. The Records Unit is the repository, retrieval, and record management center for all critical incident reports and warrants in the City of Alameda. Please note, effective May 23, 2022, the Alameda Police Department's Records Unit no longer handles parking citations. For information on parking enforcement or citations, please visit theCity of Alameda's Parking Enforcement page. 

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Records Unit Contact


File an Online Report  Request an Incident Report
Parking Enforcement Page Towed Vehicles 
Crime Stats Request Adult Clearance Letter

The Alameda Police Department is often the first point of contact for a variety of concerns and in that role, we strive to help people connect to the appropriate community resources. There are many resources available in the city and county of Alameda; hopefully, those included on this site will offer you a good starting point. 

Community Resources

The Alameda Police Department provides several resources, assistance programs, and commonly used Social Service programs for a variety of topics including – child custody, civil matters, court information, domestic violence, emergency preparedness, food, homelessness, housing, legal assistance, medical services, mental health, restraining orders, substance abuse, senior citizen resources, and veterans. 

Community Resources(PDF, 78KB) Social Services Resources(PDF, 195KB)

Domestic Violence Resources 

The police and the legal system are becoming more and more active in their efforts to stop domestic violence. It is illegal to physically abuse someone, even if that person is your partner or a family member. Information and resources for victims, survivors, and offenders are available through the Alameda Police Department. Additional resources and victim's rights are available through Marsy's Law in 20 languages. 

Domestic Violence Resources (PDF, 277KB) Marsy's Law Resource Card

Mental Health Resources

The Alameda Police Department provides a number of mental health care resources in an effort to connect community members, their families, and/or caregivers to available services in Alameda County.

Mental Health Resources(PDF, 344KB)

Hate Crimes Resources

In an effort to support victims, the Attorney General's victim services is available to provide support and information to victims and their families. 

Hate Crimes: Victims' Services

The City of Alameda is dedicated to keeping a safe, clean environment for you and your pet, and providing excellent care for lost and abandoned animals. 

The City has one full-time and one part-time Animal Control Officer. Currently, an animal control officer is on duty Wednesday through Saturday from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.  They have jurisdiction from Alameda Point to Harbor Bay Parkway and everything in between, including Coast Guard Island. The Animal Control Officers enforce the laws of the City. They pick up stray animals, patrols the streets, parks, and beaches, and removes animal carcasses. They also respond to barking dog complaints, aggressive animals, and bite incidents. They are always ready and willing to offer advice on responsible pet ownership.

To report a stray, aggressive, injured, deceased animal; or an animal bite, at all times please contact Alameda Police dispatch at (510) 337-8340.

If you would like to leave a message or discuss an on-going issue with animal control, please contact (510) 337-8562 or aonesko@alamedaca.gov.

Animal Services  City Pet Ordinances  Wildlife Resources

The Alameda Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit engages with the community to educate residents and businesses on crime trends, provide crime prevention tips, works with the City’s youth, facilitates police department programs, participates in community engagements, and supports crime watch groups throughout the City.

Community Programs & Crime Prevention Tips

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The Alameda Police Department has had two police officers killed in the line of duty. The City honored both officers by naming streets after them. The Alameda Police Officer's Association, with the support of the City of Alameda, has constructed a permanent memorial site to honor their sacrifice for this community. The Memorial provides a space for public remembrance in front of the Police Administration Building.

Deward Burton Gresham


Deward Burton Gresham was killed in a motorcycle accident on July 11, 1942. He was attempting to make a traffic stop on his police motorcycle when another vehicle pulled in front of him. Officer Gresham suffered a fatal head injury as a result of the collision. He was 33   years old at the time and had been with the Alameda Police Department for three years.


Robert James Davey, Jr.

 rdj_web.jpgRobert James Davey, Jr. was killed during the service of a search warrant on March 3, 1983. He died from injuries sustained by gunfire fired by the suspect who attempted to escape Alameda police officers. Officer Davey was also 33 years old at the time and had been with the Alameda Police Department for ten years. He left behind his wife and their four children. This project was funded primarily by private donations.

Command Staff


Units & Services

Chief of Police                             Anonymous Tip Line
Nishant Joshi                             337-8450
337-8300 | njoshi@alamedaca.gov                            
                            Abandoned Vehicle Unit
Bureau of Field Services Captain                             337-8587
Matthew McMullen                            
337-8500 | mmcmullen@alamedaca.gov                             Animal Control
Bureau of Support Services Captain                            
Jeffery Emmitt                             Animal Shelter
337-800 | Jemmitt@alamedaca.gov                             337-8565
Office of the Chief Lieutenant                             Crime Prevention (COPPS) Unit
Alan Kuboyama                             337-8305
337-8538 | akuboyama@alamedaca.gov                            


                            Inspectional Services
Patrol Lieutenant - Sectors 1                             337-8479
Ryan DeRespini                            

337-8518 | rderespi@alamedaca.gov

                            Investigations - Property Crimes
Patrol Lieutenant - Sectors 2                            
Scott Dole                             Investigations - Violent Crimes
337-8379 | sdole@alamedaca.gov                             337-8350
Patrol Lieutenant - Sectors 3                             Live Scan Appointments
Josh Crossley                             No longer available at this location
337-8377 | jcrossley@alamedaca.gov                            
                            Personnel & Recruiting
Investigations & Services Lieutenant                             337-8366
Brian Foster                            

337-8339 | bfoster@alamedaca.gov

                            Parking Citations
Field Services Lieutenant                            
Erik Klaus                             Property and Evidence
337-8524 | eklaus@alamedaca.gov                             337-8432
                            Records Department
                            Registration Appointments
(arson, drug, & sex registrants)
                            Community Resource Unit
                                 Traffic Section