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Our Community, Your Police

The Pacific Grove Police Department is a professional organization dedicated to promoting a high quality of life, enhancing public safety, and reducing crime.

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Crime Reports and Crime Map

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The Pacific Grove Police Department has partnered with PublicEngines™ to provide real-time local crime data. If you have information regarding any crime in Pacific Grove, please contact the Pacific Grove Police Department at (831) 648-3143.

Camera Registration Program

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Register a Camera:

This program is completely voluntary and allows community members and business owners to register the locations of their video surveillance systems with the Pacific Grove Police Department. Any information you share is only accessible to Pacific Grove Police Department Personnel and will be used by officers and detectives actively investigating an incident or case. You can share as much or as little information as you wish.

Program Benefits:

When a crime occurs, police personnel will be able to identify the locations of video surveillance systems and enlist the assistance of community members to help us collect video evidence. The Pacific Grove Police Department thanks you for your cooperation and assistance in solving crimes that occur in our community.

LiveScan fingerprinting is available by appointment only at:

Pacific Grove Police Department
580 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Appointments are scheduled on Wednesdays between 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Please contact the Records Division for an appointment at (831) 648-3143. The rolling fee for LiveScan is $26, in addition to any fees established by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Please bring a photo ID and a completed form with the billing number and ORI number to your scheduled appointment time. 

Other locations in the area that provide LiveScan fingerprint services are listed by the California Department of Justice.

If you are the victim of a crime or involved in an accident, you may obtain a copy of that report. If you are charged with a crime, a copy can be obtained through the Monterey County District Attorney's office. Please contact us for up to date fee associated with Police Report Requests.

Police Report Request Form

Persons requesting a Police Clearance Letter must be physically identified by comparing them to their photo identification. Clearance letters are $24 with no record on file and $36 with a record. More information is available here. Contact (831) 648-3143 with any questions.

Clearance Letter Request Form


Alarm Permit Application

Pursuant to Pacific Grove Municipal Code (PGMC) Chapter 11.62 Alarm Systems “No person, owner, agent, alarm company or alarm company agent shall install or cause to be installed, use, maintain, or possess an alarm system at any residence or on any business premises or building within the city of Pacific Grove without having obtained an alarm user’s permit from the chief of police in accordance with this section.”

In addition, the City will assess fees for false alarm response calls made by the Pacific Grove Police Department. For questions related to Alarm Permits or False Alarm Fees, please contact the Records Division at or call (831) 648-3143.

Amplified Sound Permit Application

Pursuant to PGMC Chapter 11.94 Sound Amplification Regulations “Any person may apply to the city manager for a permit to operate a sound-amplification device, which may be audible beyond the boundaries of the public or private property at which operated, by application made prior to operation.”

Animal Keeping Permit

An animal keeping permit must be submitted and approved when requesting to home in excess of 3 dogs and/or 3 cats, and any combination there of. In addition, an animal keeping permit must be approved for chickens, bees, and other animals not considered “pocket pets” (lizards, guinea pigs, etc.). For clarification, contact Code Compliance at (831) 648-3199 or refer to PGMC Chapter 10.08 Keeping of Animals and Fowl.

Bicycle Registration Form

Registering your bicycle is a free community service and helps Police personnel reconnect found bikes with their owners.

Close Patrol Request Form

When leaving out of town for an extended period of time, submit the Close Patrol Request Form to the Police Department. This form will prompt Patrol to conduct periodic drive-bys, as time allows, and will ensure your contact information should something occur at your residence. 

Dog Licenses

For information on dog licenses, visit the Animals page.

Drone Permit Application

We would like to share our drone related ordinance with you. The aim of this ordinance is to avoid disturbing wildlife, guests, and residents. The majority of our city is located within a five nautical mile radius of the Monterey Regional Airport. This means anyone who would like to fly a drone in the city of Pacific Grove would need to get permission from the airport tower (three days in advance) as well as a permit from the City Manager or their designee. View our drone brochure for more information.

Garage Sale Permit Application

See PGMC Chapter 11.10 Garage Sales. Cost is only $6 for processing.

Massage permits are required for both businesses and technicians. Refer to PGMC Chapter 7.06 Massage Therapy and Massage Businesses or Establishments

Motion Picture or Still Photography Productions Permit

The City of Pacific Grove is set on a stunning coastline featuring beautiful beaches, a quaint downtown area, Victorian architecture, pine forests, monarch butterflies, and so much more! The BBC has named Pacific Grove one of America’s Best Little Beach Towns and CNN Best U.S. Seaside Escape on the west coast!

More information is available with the form. Contact Cmdr. Rory Lakind at (831) 648-3151 to set-up either motion picture or still photography productions.

Parking Permits

POD or Refuse Container Permit Application

Pursuant to PGMC Chapter 15.40 Refuse and Storage Containers on City Streets “No person shall cause or allow a large refuse container or storage container to be placed on any city street, roadway or alley without first obtaining a permit from the city.”

Approved permits are valid for 7 days. Extensions must be requested through the police department and will be valid for an additional 7 days. No applicant shall be granted more than 2 permits in a 12 month period.

Solicitor/Peddler Permit Application

Contact the Police Department at (831) 648-3143 to find out how to submit a Solicitor/Peddler Permit Application.

Special Event Application

Contact (831) 648-3143 to Report an Abandoned Vehicle or Other Parking Nuisance.

Pacific Grove Municipal Code 9.40.090 “Any peace officer may remove a vehicle located within the territorial limits in which the officer or vehicle abatement officer may act, when any vehicle is abandoned, parked, or left standing upon a highway for 72 or more consecutive hours.” (Authority: Vehicle Code Section 22651(k).) [Ord. 1880 N.S. § 2, 1993].

Police personnel will monitor movement, place a notice on the windshield, and/or attempt to contact the registered owner of identified vehicles. If you will be gone for an extended period of time, please park your vehicle on private property, have someone periodically move your vehicle, or contact the Pacific Grove Police Department at (831) 648-3143.

More information about the City's parking program is available here.

To report lost property, please contact (831) 648-3143 or come to the Pacific Grove Police Department at 580 Pine Avenue to file a report. Be sure to bring serial numbers, make, model, or other unique identifying information that will help the police department in reconnecting you with the property.

To bring in found property, please drop it off at the Pacific Grove Police Department at 580 Pine Avenue.

To claim or pick-up your property, please schedule an appointment with PST Basanese at or (831) 648-3143.

Commend an Employee or Report Community Complaint or Misconduct

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Thank you for coming to us with your comments and/or concerns. It is our mission to provide exceptional public safety service and enhance the quality of life in our community. Moreover, it is our vision to achieve a culture of excellence by partnering with our community, respecting the rights and dignity of all people, and providing professional public safety service through integrity and accountability.

As stated above, policing involves a partnership with the community. Each employee plays an essential role in building, implementing and maintaining that partnership. Jointly we will work cooperatively to identify and solve problems and or issues within the department and the community to improve the delivery of service and maintain the quality of life in our city. In our interactions with one another and with the public it is paramount that we remain professional and consider how our actions or conduct may impact others.

As the Chief of Police it is my responsibility to investigate allegations of misconduct, or complaints related to service delivery. My role is to ensure constructive change to improve efficiency, improve services or to clarify our role as police professionals serving in Pacific Grove. We take seriously all feedback regarding the service provided by our employees and the conduct of our members. The information below will help you understand our commendation and complaint process.

Compliments and Commendations

Our Pacific Grove Police employees are committed to serving all members of our Community. Some go beyond what is expected. Whether an employee’s actions demonstrated excellent customer service, were heroic, or made an overall positive impact on you or someone else, we would like to hear about it.

By completing our Community Report to Commend Employee form, you are informing the Pacific Grove Police Department’s leadership team about the actions of an employee and a job well done. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback regarding your experience and for recognizing one of Pacific Grove’s finest. If you have any further questions or require any assistance, please contact our leadership team at (831) 648-3143.

Complaint Process Information

Our policy…

It is the policy of the Pacific Grove Police Department to thoroughly investigate all complaints against its employees as part of our commitment to maintaining the public’s confidence and trust. The Police Department views all community complaints against its employees very seriously, and actively pursues investigations into misconduct. All such investigations are conducted in a fair and expeditious manner in accordance with department, state, and federal laws and regulations.

Who may complain?

Any person who witnesses or has direct knowledge of police misconduct may file a complaint with the Pacific Grove Police Department. The person need not have been personally involved to do so. Parents may also file a complaint on behalf of juveniles, should the juveniles not feel comfortable making the complaint themselves. The Police Department will accept an allegation by phone, letter, email, fax, anonymously, or in person. The complaint may be made at the Police Department, or any other mutually convenient location. Regardless of where or how the allegation is filed a complaint will be handled appropriately.

Who investigates the complaint?

Department supervisors are charged with the maintenance of discipline and with overseeing the conduct of employees assigned to their charge. In most cases, the supervisor of the employee conducts the investigation and reports the incident through the chain-of-command for disposition. In more serious incidents that could result in demotion or dismissal, or where criminal charges may be involved, the investigation is managed by the Department's leadership team.

What is the complaint procedure?

The investigating supervisor, or investigator, interviews all witnesses and parties involved. Depending on the nature of the complaint and findings, corrective action may be handled by the employee’s supervisor, or by the leadership team.

It is important to understand that all complaints are considered confidential personnel matters/records and, as such, the Department is prohibited by law (Penal Code Section 832.7) from releasing such information to the public. Upon completion of an investigation, we notify complaining parties and provide them with a prescribed disposition, identifying whether the allegation(s) was sustained, not sustained, exonerated, or unfounded.

  • Unfounded – the allegation is false or without merit.
  • Exonerated – the alleged activity occurred as reported, but was lawful and proper under the circumstances.
  • Not sustained – insufficient evidence to with prove or disprove the allegation.
  • Sustained - allegation is supported by sufficient evidence to justify a reasonable conclusion of guilt.

How much time does it take to investigate a complaint?

According to the Peace Officer Bill of Rights Government Code Section 3304, investigations into alleged police officer misconduct must be completed within one year of the received date. There are exceptions which may extend or toll this timeline.

Submit forms or comments to:

Confidential - Chief of Police
Pacific Grove Police Department
580 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone: (831) 648-3143

Community Report to Commend Employee
Public Complaint Form


Join the Team

There are countless ways you can serve the Pacific Grove Police Department.

To View Current Police Officer, Police Recruit and Civilian Positions go to

Interested in attending the Citizen’s Police Academy? Contact: Cmdr. Rory Lakind at (831) 648-3143.

Interested in volunteering with the Pacific Grove Police Department? Contact: Mgr. Jocelyn Francis at (831) 648-3143.