The San Rafael Police Department has been in existence since 1855. In its current configuration, the Chief of Police directs a staff of 63 sworn and 27 non-sworn employees. Patrol is the largest division led by a Captain and includes the Traffic Unit, SWAT team, and Foot-beat. The Support Services Captain oversees Investigations which is comprised of one lieutenant, one sergeant and four detectives, one School Resource Officer, a one sergeant-two officer Directed Patrol Unit, Youth Services Counseling, Records, Property Evidence, Dispatch, Permits and Personnel and Training.
We are continually building on our Community Oriented Public Service strategy, which is the foundation for our department's direction and long-term goals. Our Patrol efforts fulfill the COPS strategy of every resident and business owner knowing their Beat Officer and the Beat Officer knowing her/his neighborhood. We have our officers involved in the Youth Programs of Camp Chance, a summer camp for at-risk middle school students.
The COPS philosophy of working with other agencies to resolve mutual
nuisance problems has just been in use in the City of San Rafael since
1999. Focusing on housing and dangerous buildings initially, the
Department has moved to incorporating COPS problem solving techniques to
nuisance activities in public places, traffic mitigation, noise
abatement and other quality of life concerns of the citizens of San