the Napa Police Department
was incorporated in 1872, there were only ten miles of city streets within its boundaries.
These ten miles (since swollen to 165 miles) became the birthplace of the Napa Police Department. The city’s
first law enforcement officer was Ebenezer Biggs, the Town Marshal. The Marshal's
duties were both criminal and civil in nature; in addition to arresting law breakers he was also called on to supervise street
repairs, collect taxes, assess taxes, impound stray animals, issue dog tags, serve civil papers, and so forth.
Napa Police Department was founded in 1875. It consisted of the city's first
Chief of Police, Jerome B. Walden; Marshal Thomas Earl; patrolmen E.S. Gridley, William Border, Charles M. Laughlin, and night
watchmen Martin Guhn and George Hart. Today, the Napa Police Department is organized within six (6) bureaus: Administration,
Patrol, Crime Prevention/Youth Services, Investigations, and Central Dispatch. Each
bureau has a Police Commander in charge of its overall operation.
Division of the Napa Police Department is responsible for the deployment of uniformed Police Officers in the city in order
to prevent crimes from occurring, investigate crimes which have occurred, respond to calls for service, prevent vehicle collisions,
generate reports on crimes, collisions, and other activities, and provide information, referrals, and assistance to our residents
and visitors. The Patrol Bureau operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week,
365 days a year.
Division of the Napa Police Department also provides the following services and programs: Special event staffing and management,
homeless outreach, police canines, bicycle patrol, unlicensed driver program, Alternative Service Delivery System, and the
Child Safety Seat Awareness Program. The Administrative Sergeant assigned to
this unit is also responsible for the management of the Police Training Officer (PTO) Program for new hires.
Special Operations Bureau of the Napa Police Department consists of the Detective Unit, the Identification Unit, School Resource
Officer Unit, Gang Violence Suppression Unit, Diversion Program, Traffic Unit, Parking Enforcement, Abandoned Vehicle Abatement
Unit, and the Property and Evidence Unit.
mission of the bureau is to provide staff, which possesses specialized training and skills, to deal with issues above those
core services provided by the Patrol Bureau. The cases assigned to the units
of this Bureau are typically complicated, sensitive and/or require specialized training or skill.
has been created to address citywide and department reorganization, as well as service efficiencies. It replaces the Youth
Services/Crime Prevention Bureau and absorbs the Traffic Unit, Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Unit, Gang Suppression Unit, and
Parking Enforcement from the Patrol Bureau.
Administration Bureau of the Napa Police Department is responsible for the direction, supervision, and compliance with standards
for the entire department. It does so through policy development and implementation,
by hiring, promoting, and assigning personnel, and by administering discipline and rewards.
maintains all administrative records and general orders, coordinates workers’ compensation claims, maintains and supports
scheduling software and department website, manages the departmental fleet, maintains payroll records, coordinates employee
recruitment and training, inputs payroll information into the City automated system, coordinates department budget, purchasing
and accounts receivable, and issues alarm permits.