Message From the Chief
Chief Rainer J. Navarro
As the Chief of Police for the City of Santa Rosa, I look forward to continuing to serve our community, as I have for the last 27 years, now in this new capacity as Chief. In collaboration with all the employees here at SRPD, we will continue to set the standard of excellence in policing to prevent crime and improve the quality of life in our great city.
The Santa Rosa Police Department continues to proactively address public safety issues related to traffic, gangs, homelessness and more. In addition to that, there are three more critical areas that our organization will focus on:
- Increase Community Engagement – Partnership with the community we serve is an essential element of community policing. I plan to increase our involvement in the community, initially by hosting a series of community meetings in each police beat. These sessions will be an opportunity for our neighbors to get to know us a little bit better and share their safety concerns and local issues with us.
- Increase Accountability and Transparency – We are in a new era of policing, one where accountability and transparency are not just desired but expected. We will continue to improve upon our transparency measures and increase accessibility to state-mandated accountability information.
- Invest in Technology for Efficiency – Strategic and purposeful investment in technology will make our team more efficient and allow us more time and resources to dedicate to community engagement. We will continue to research and invest in systems that will empower our officers to spend more time in the community.
The Police Department has 256 employees who proudly serve the residents of Santa Rosa. Our staff works around the clock to protect lives and property that spans 40 square miles and is home to more than 160,000 people. We are committed to providing exceptional public safety services and taking a leadership role in building community partnerships to make our city a safer place to live, work and play.
On November 2, 2004, the voters of Santa Rosa adopted Measure O, a one quarter cent sales tax for police, fire and gang intervention and prevention programs.
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