About the Freemont Police Department
Located on the southeast side of the San Francisco Bay, Fremont is a city of
over 210,000 people with an area of 92-square miles, making it the fourth most populous city in the Bay Area and California's
fifth largest city in area. Fremont is located within Alameda County.
The Fremont area was first settled with the establishment of the Mission San
Jose by the Spanish. In the mid-1840's, John C. Fremont mapped a trail through Mission Pass to provide access for American
settlers into the southeastern San Francisco Bay Area. In 1853, Washington Township was established, taking in the communities
of Mission San Jose, Centerville, Niles, Irvington, and Warm Springs. On January 23, 1956, these communities incorporated
(joined together) to form the City of Fremont.
According to Police Chief Craig Steckler, “We continually involve members
of our community in the operations of their Police Department. We have over 200 volunteers working in virtually every Division
and Unit of the Department. We have a volunteer program for our younger citizens with the Police Explorer Post, we have Reserve
Police Officers, and then our regular volunteer program which runs the entire age gamut from school age to retired citizens.
We continue to offer two citizens academies each year, which are designed to introduce citizens to the inner workings of their
Police Department. I also work with an advisory board of citizens. The citizens of Fremont also need to know that we hire
only the finest quality personnel to serve and protect them.”