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In partnership with our community, we are committed to

protect, serve, and create a safer Novato


Chief McCaffrey with text

Welcome to the Novato Police Department’s webpage! This page is meant to provide you with information about the department, link you with valuable resources, and provide the community with information about us in the spirit of transparency. The City of Novato is a vibrant and diverse community, and I am honored to be in a position of leadership for such an amazing group of men and women who are dedicated to making our community a safe place to live, play and work.

We are committed to continuously improving relationships with our community, and the level of service we provide to them. Our staff, both Sworn and Professional, are committed to our Leadership Principles: Integrity, Courage, Respect, Humility, Commitment and Trust. We are a “Can Do” organization and we will work with other city departments, community organizations and other law enforcement agencies to find solutions to problems as we encounter them.

I am constantly reminding my staff of how lucky they are to work in a community that appreciates them, and their duty to continue to earn that admiration. We will not take for granted the goodwill we have built with you, and you have my pledge to keep Novato a place where all people feel welcome and safe!

If you have an interest in serving the Novato community, we are always looking for quality individuals. We have ongoing recruiting and hiring opportunities for both sworn and professional positions within our department. Novato PD provides an exceptional learning environment, a stable and rewarding career, and the chance to really make a difference in the lives of others. Learn more about our career opportunities.


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