David Riviere, Chief of Police
The Chowchilla Police
Department plays an integral part in helping City
government and the City Council fulfill its mission of
providing the community of Chowchilla and its visitors
with a safe, clean and healthy way of life.
closely with other city, state, and federal government
departments, schools, private organizations, service groups, and
faith-based groups in an attempt to provide the highest
quality police service for our community.
is proud of the progressive, professional and
compassionate character of our agency. We constantly
strive to acquire and employ the latest technology
available and are always searching for ways to provide
the best service possible.
122 Trinity Avenue,
Chowchilla, CA 93610
Monday - Thursday 8:00am to
Friday 8:00am. to
Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00pm
Business Phone: (559) 665-8600
Emergency! Dial 911
Tip Line: (559) 665-8624
Email Chief Riviere:
The Chowchilla Police Department has
a current authorized strength of nineteen officers including the
Chief of Police, one Lieutenant and four Sergeants that perform
administrative and patrol duties, with currently eleven officers
assigned to patrol duties.
also assigned to special assignments including Detective and
Campus Resource Officer. The department is also authorized to
have up to twelve Reserve Police Officers; currently there is
two on staff.
department also has an Administrative Supervisor and five
Community Service Officers who perform dispatch, evidence,
animal control, record duties, C.S.I., registrant, and Live Scan
tasks. One police chaplain serves on a volunteer basis.
The Chowchilla Police Department
encourages the community to become a volunteer to assist the
department through a variety of opportunities. This new program
is currently accepting applications.
Click HERE to download the application form.
The Chowchilla Police Department has
two K-9 handler teams. Officer Ken Alberton with K-9 partner
Warco, and Officer Dave Burnett with K-9 partner Remy. The teams
participate in ongoing training exercises at various locations.
Additionally, the K-9 teams must pass an annual recertification
The Police K-9 teams provide number benefits in the
community including proactive response to narcotic crime
problems, providing increased officer safety when facing
dangerous people or situations, improving the capability to
solve recently occuring crimes, and expanding the department's
public visibility through community and school K-9
The K-9 program receives strong financial
support from local service organizations and from the citizens
of Chowchilla. An annual benefit dinner sponsored by the
Chowchilla Lioness Lions Club adds important outside funding for
Dispatch & Records Program
The Dispatch/Records Program is often
the first link in communication between the public and the
Police Department. Emergency 911 calls for Police, Fire, and
First Responders to medical emergencies are all taken by a
Community Service Officer (CSO) in the Dispatch Center.
Community Service Officers assigned to the Dispatch Center are
also involved in servicing non-emergency telephone calls,
walk-ins to the Police Department lobby, acting as the point of
contact for other police and public safety agencies, assisting
the CSO/Records Supervisor in maintaining department records,
Police Report Request
police reports may be obtained at the Police Department by
providing date, time and name(s) of subjects involved in the
report along with a state issued photo identification card.
Click HERE to download a copy of the
Police Report Request Form. The form
lists the applicable fees and requirements to obtain a report.
If you are a suspect in a criminal report, you must obtain a
copy of the report through your defense attorney.
more information regarding release of police reports, contact us
at (559) 665-8600 or click
to send an email to Police Records at
Criminal cases are first investigated
by patrol officers when they respond to service calls.
Successful investigations have shown the initial criminal
investigation by patrol officers contains the most physical and
informational evidence needed to solve a case and to bring the
perpetrators to justice.
The Chowchilla Police Department
encourages our patrol officers to actively pursue criminal cases
at the onset of the crime. A patrol officer dispatched to the
scene of a crime will take the initial report and will follow up
on the information and leads to expedite solving the case.
Follow up investigations will require police officers to
interview the victim, witness, suspect, and collect evidence to
forward to the County District Attorney.
If you are
involved in an investigations case, you are encouraged to
contact the responding officer handling your case since that
officer would be most familiar with your case.
you have information that will help the Chowchilla Police
Department solve a crime, please call the department at (559)
665-8600. If you have knowledge of a crime, your information
will be kept with the strictest confidentiality. If you wish to
remain anonymous, call our 24-hour, 7 day-a-week Anonymous Tip
Line at (559) 665-8624.
School Resource Officer Program
The foundation of a School Resource
Officer program is the police department's commitment to
community oriented policing methods. Community oriented policing
looks at improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods. An
SRO program focuses on the quality of life within the school and
the community the school serves. As with other community
oriented policing efforts, School Resource Officer programs are
proactive, solution-based, and community driven. SROs are
assigned to a school community on a long-term basis to provide
full police services, including maintaining order on the school
campus and reducing the fear of crime within the school
A School Resource Officer Program is
personalized to the school in which the officer works. The SRO
becomes familiar with their schools specific needs as well as
being approachable by the students and staff when issues arise.
The SRO works with the school administration, staff and students
to build partnerships and provide guidance, plus address
situations that may disrupt the schools mission, which includes
everything from parking/traffic concerns to criminal offenses
occurring on campus. School Resource Officers have the
opportunity to educate the school community in crime prevention
methods as well as empowering them to help maintain a safe
school environment. In a crisis situation the SRO has the
ability to communicate with school administrators and police
officials and understand the needs of both entities.
are present in schools because that is where the school
community comes together. It is not uncommon for parents to
approach the SRO concerning non-school related issues. Staff and
faculty members will seek advice from the SROs concerning
domestic issues or neighbor complaints. Homeowners near the
school may report suspicious activity to the SRO. Business
owners may request assistance from the SRO concerning student
conduct in their stores. Although the SRO may be assigned to a
school and its students, the actual number of citizens the SRO
has contact with is almost infinite.
also works closely with the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement
Team (MADNET) and the Madera Gang Enforcement Taskforce
(MADGET), along with school personnel to keep the influence of
drug use and gang activity low among our high school age
The Chowchilla Police Department's
Animal Control Program provides regulation and control of
animals as provided in City Ordinances and State laws. This
program maintains the in-town animal shelter for impounded
animals and strives to manage rabies control through enforcement
of the animal licensing ordinance, public education, and the
coordination of seasonal pet licensing and rabies clinics.
License fees per animal vary. All dogs four (4) months and
older are required to be licensed. The licenses are good for one
year and expire on December 31 of each year. The annual deadline
for licensing is March 31. Click HERE to obtain a LICENSE
APPLICATION. Proof of current rabies vaccination is
required to obtain a license.
The Chowchilla Police Department and
the Chowchilla Volunteer Fire Department work closely with the
Madera County Office of Emergency Services in preparing for
natural and man made disasters.
team building occurs through quarterly meetings with groups such
as the Madera County Bioterrorism Advisory Committee and the
City of Chowchilla Emergency Preparedness Team.
Even though City personnel are
trained in the State of California mandated Strategic Emergency
Management, in a major citywide emergency all residents must be
prepared to sustain themselves until emergency personnel can
help them. State officials recommend families be prepared to
sustain a 72-hour period without emergency services in case of
mass disasters or emergencies.
For useful information to help you
prepare for emergencies and natural disasters
to visit the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)
Police Activities League
The Chowchilla Police Activities
League (PAL) exists to help youth participate in activities that
provide a positive outlet for their energy and to increase
constructive interaction between themselves and the Chowchilla
Police Department. The PAL Program is run by a Board of
Directors that contains members of the community including
Police Department employees.
PAL programs are available to boys and girls through age 18
(see minimum age requirements for each program). Annual
membership is $2.00 and most programs are free. For registration
information contact the Chowchilla Police Department at (559)
Click HERE for a PAL
for a CalPAL PARTICIPANT WAIVER FORM.
CHOWCHILLA WARRIORS WRESTLING
Chowchilla Warriors Wrestling welcomes boys and girls 5-17 years
old regardless of skill level or school affiliation. This is a
community youth program in which the goal is to provide a safe,
structured environment where wrestlers will learn and develop
wrestling skills and at the same time develop confidence,
self-discipline, strong work ethic where youth learn to compete
as an individual within a team environment.
will be required to purchase SCWAY ($15.00) and/or USA wrestling
cards ($35.00) in order to practice and participate in wrestling
tournaments. Local tournaments are normally $10.00 per
wrestler/style and are usually held on Saturdays with a few on
Sundays. State tournaments are normally $35.00 per wrestler (2
day event/weekend). Parents will be responsible for providing
their own transportation. Practices take place at the PAL Gym
located at 129 N. Third Street and will be held on Mondays and
Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for K-5 grades and 6:30
p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for 6-12 grades.
information on this program contact the Chowchilla Police
Department at (559) 665-8600.
for a WRESTLER PARTICIPANT WAIVER FORM.
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