The Novato Police Department serves our community of 55,000+ residents, along with our visitors and guests, by providing professional and proactive street Patrol, Investigations, Traffic enforcement, Narcotics enforcement, a 911 dispatch center, and emergency services and preparedness. As a full service agency, Novato Police is divided into the Operations Division and the Administrative Services Division, supervised by a Police Lieutenant. There are approximately 80 staff in the department including 60 sworn personnel, and a robust volunteer program.
The Operations Division is the most visible and the larger of the two divisions within the department, including:
- Specialty Units:
- CRU (Crisis Response Unit: a Special Response and Crisis Negotiation Team)
- SWAT (Speciality Weapons and Tactics)
- Bicycle and Off-Road Motorcycle Patrol
- Novato Response Team
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIVISION
The Administrative Services Division is responsible for the technical support elements of the department, which include:
- Personnel and Training
- Crime Prevention Bureau
- Facilities Management
The Novato Police Department maintains its own Police Dispatch Center. Dispatchers receive and handle calls (9-1-1 & Business calls), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.