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Chowchilla Police Department
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.

We work 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.

Our department 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

Lobby Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am. to 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00pm

Business Phone: (559) 665-8600

Emergency! Dial 911

Anonymous Tip Line: (559) 665-8624

Email Chief Riviere:

Police Personnel
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.

Officers are 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.

The 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.

Police Volunteers
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.

K-9 Teams
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 test.

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 demonstrations.

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 this program.

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, and fingerprinting.

Police Report Request
Copies of 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.

For more information regarding release of police reports, contact us at (559) 665-8600 or click
Click HERE 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.

If 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 community.

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.

SROs 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.

Chowchilla Police Department SRO's 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 students.

Animal Control
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.

Emergency Preparedness
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.

Continued 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 Click HERE to visit the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) READY web site.

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) 665-8600.



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.

All wrestlers 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.

For additional information on this program contact the Chowchilla Police Department at (559) 665-8600.


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