Nevada City, CA

12/7/21 ***Exciting News!***  City Council recently voted 5-0 to "support and enhance" the police department. Updates coming on pay/benefits, website, recruiting, and more.    

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 10 sworn members, a Chief of Police, two Lieutenants, six full time Officers, one part-time Officer, one Detective, one full time and one part time Community Service Officer, six Reserve Officers, one Records Supervisor and two Chaplains. We recently suspended our K9 program due to lower staffing levels but have partnered with Grass Valley PD for this service with the long term goal of reinstating the program when staffing stabilizes. 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

Police Recruitment: Official Website (

Police Department
317 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA 95959

Phone: 530-265-4700

Dispatch: 530-265-7880

Emergency: 911

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Monday - Friday
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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