Nevada City, CA

Chief's Message
Welcome to the Nevada City Police Department's web page. As Chief of Police, I am privileged to lead an excellent group of officers, professional staff and volunteers. Each day, I am heartened to witness the quality of work and dedication displayed by our Department members as they strive to provide the highest quality of police service.


Excellent police service is our daily mission. Whether you are: raising a family in Nevada City, one of our visitors, simply enjoying a meal at one of our fine restaurants, staying at one of our world-class Bed and Breakfasts or just experiencing the ambiance of the city; we want your encounter to be safe, fun and memorable. I truly believe the Citizens, Visitors and Business Owners are well served by the members of the Nevada City Police Department.

Our Department's primary philosophy is that policing involves all members of the community. We firmly believe that only through active communication, engagement and partnership with all our community members, can we maintain and improve the quality of life we are enjoying. Together we will proactively address crime and the fear of crime through a relationship of shared responsibility, using proven problem-solving methods and partnerships, to elevate the quality of life in all our neighborhoods. We invite you to become involved with your Department in order to forge a strong cooperative partnership that is built upon mutual trust and respect. No police department can solve crime or quality of life issues alone. Effective police community relations, communication, and engagement are critical components to our success. This web site is one of the many ongoing steps that we are taking to reach out to the community to improve lines of communication. In these pages you will find information on the services provided by the Nevada City Police Department and also about the dedicated officers, professional staff and volunteers who provide these services to you. Periodically we will update this site to provide you information on special events and crime prevention information on various topics. Please take the time to learn more about the NCPD's members and services. Take advantage of the many opportunities to communicate with us and learn how we can better work together. We look forward to working with you. There are many opportunities for you to partner alongside with us to make Nevada City better! We look forward to you joining our efforts.      
Feel free to contact us if you have a question or comment. I look forward to working with all of you to build a stronger police-community partnership for a better and safer Nevada City.


Timothy A. Foley

Department Overview

The members of the Nevada City Police Department take great pride in providing quality police services to the entire community of Nevada City. Officers routinely adjust their hours and work schedules to deliver 1st class service while minimizing cost.   

Currently the Department is at the lowest level of staffing since 2007-09. Today the Department consists of 9 sworn members, a Chief of Police, two Sergeant, six Officers, One full time and two part time Community Service Officers, one Police Service Assistant, and six Reserve Officers. We recently introduced a K9 officer for our department. Our Officers and Civilian staff can be seen patrolling the streets of our community in vehicles, on foot or by bicycle.

Besides our patrol function and responding to calls for service, your officers provide a variety of essential functions including; criminal investigations, traffic / parking enforcement, building code enforcement, ABC license compliance, evidence management, special event coordination, Quality of Life outreach and enforcement, coordinate / track POST required training, Liaison with Schools and students including active involvement with a Police Explorer Post, recruitment and retention of Reserve Officers, Interns and volunteers, and coordinate Neighborhood Watch activities.

The members of the Department strive to be responsive and sensitive to the needs of the community, and proactive in solving these concerns with a focus on providing a safe environment for all.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Nevada City Police Department is to efficiently and effectively, with the resources provided, deliver quality police service to our community by promoting a safe environment and improved quality of life through a police-citizen partnership, with an emphasis on hard work, mutual trust, integrity, fairness, and professionalism.


Integrity, Honesty, Transparency, Inclusiveness, Dedication, Empathy, Loyalty, Commitment, Trustworthiness, Partnership, Courteousness, Professionalism, Fairness, Respect, Responsive, Family, Community, Helpfulness


To maintain the highest standards of excellence and attain the staffing, competence, and equipment needed to provide the consistent quality service expected by the community

Timothy A. Foley

Police Department
317 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA 95959

Phone: 530-265-4700

Dispatch: 530-265-7880

Emergency: 911

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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m (Closed during noon hour).
City Hall | 317 Broad Street Nevada City, CA 95959  |  Phone: (530) 265-2496  |  Fax: (530) 265-0187
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