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Chief of Police Adam McGill

Thank you for visiting the Novato Police Department's webpage. I hope the information you find here will be useful to you and enhance your awareness about who we are and what we do. Our department is committed to delivering the highest level of service for all those that live, work or visit Novato. This means that our goal is to go beyond just responding to calls for service. We want to ensure the best possible service, protect the rights and safety of everyone, and engage with the community to co-produce efforts that prevent and reduce crime. We intend to be good listeners, provide relentless follow-up as needed, and demonstrate both empathy and compassion whenever possible.

Novato is also a community of neighborhoods with residents active in local government represented by a talented team of public safety professionals who strive every day to serve. Our strategy for policing is to assign officers geographically throughout the city with the expectation they build solid relationships with the residents, business owners, schools, faith communities and non-profits in their sectors. We believe that when residents and police officers get to know each other, trust is developed, and there is no limit to what we can accomplish together. We recognize this trust is perishable and we must do all that we can to protect and grow it.

I think our agency is second to none when it comes to smart, creative and dedicated people who are significantly invested in public safety. I'm proud of the men and women of this organization and all that they do each and every day on behalf of Novato. We do "Good" for a living. There really isn't much more rewarding than that.

We're always looking for good people to join our team. Do you have what it takes? 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 job opportunities.

Chief Adam McGill Biography


Messages and News Items from Chief Adam McGill


Marin Voice: Police Bear Increasingly Heavy Burden of Society’s Problems 

Novato PD Committed to Preserving Life

With Mass Shootings, Prevention Will Save Lives

Joint Statement with NUSD on Immigration


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