Police Department Data & Statistics

Use of Force Data

Personnel Complaints and Investigations

All Police Departments in the State of California are required by law to have a process by which a civilian may make a complaint against Petaluma Police Department personnel. This information will assist anyone who has occasion to make a complaint against any member of the Petaluma Police Department.

The Petaluma Police Department civilian complaint process is committed to providing quality service to the community and we welcome feedback, including critical comments about employee performance.  The Petaluma Police Department investigates complaints taken from community members, known as civilian complaints.  Personnel complaints received from community members are managed and investigated by Professional Standards through the Office of the Chief of Police.

There are four potential findings related to personnel investigations which are as follows:

  • Unfounded - When the investigation clearly established that allegation is not true.   Complaints that are determined to be frivolous will fall within the classification of unfounded (Penal Code § 832.8).
  • Exonerated - When the investigation clearly established that the actions of the personnel that formed the basis of the complaint are not in violation of law or agency policy.
  • Not sustained - When the investigation fails to disclose sufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the allegation in the complaint to fully exonerate the employee(s).
  • Sustained – When the investigation disclosed sufficient evidence to prove truth of allegation in the complaint by preponderance of evidence.

Once an investigation is complete, depending on the findings, the Deputy Police Chief takes the appropriate disciplinary action.  Investigations resulting in sustained findings can result in employee discipline ranging from written reprimands up to and including termination.

Consistent with the Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing, the Petaluma Police Department reports civilian complaints to the public.

For more information on civilian complaints or commendations click here.

Arrest and Citation Demographics

Police Department Demographics

Racial & Identity Profiling Act (RIPA)

On July 1, 2021, the Petaluma Police Department began collecting and reporting all data on traffic stops and officer contacts as required by The Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 or California Assembly Bill 953.  This implementation was voluntarily completed earlier than legislatively required as agencies, such as PPD, that employ less than 334 officers are not required to provide an annual stop data reports until April of 2023. This proactive effort has led to our agency to be identified as a Wave 4 Early Adopter agency by California Department of Justice (DOJ).  The Petaluma Police Department initiated the project through the Sonoma County Public Safety Consortium and DOJ in 2020.

The purpose of RIPA is to eliminate racial and identity profiling and improve diversity and racial and identity sensitivity in law enforcement. RIPA is also an important initiative in strengthening law enforcement and community relations through enhanced transparency and accountability.  RIPA mandates that all police-initiated contacts capture and report perceived demographic data, including race, gender, age, sexual orientation, language fluency, and disability, as well as the reason for all contacts, actions taken during the contact, and ultimately the result of the contact.

The California Department of Justice’s RIPA Board publishes an annual statewide report that will eventually include Petaluma’s data.

HATE CRIME DATA

According to California Assembly Bill 485, hate crimes reported to the Petaluma Police Department will be provided on the agency's website and updated monthly.

hate crime is a crime against a person, group, or property motivated by the victim's real or perceived protected social group. You may be the victim of a hate crime if you have been targeted because of your actual or perceived (1) disability, (2) gender, (3) nationality, (4) race or ethnicity, (5) religion, (6) sexual orientation, and (7) association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Hate crimes are serious crimes that may result in imprisonment or jail time.

hate incident is an action or behavior motivated by hate but which, for one or more reasons, is not a crime. Examples of hate incidents include:

  • Name-calling
  • Insults
  • Displaying hate material on your own property.
  • Posting hate material that does not result in property damage.
  • Distribution of materials with hate messages in public places.

The U.S. Constitution allows hate speech as long as it does not interfere with the civil rights of others. While these acts are certainly hurtful, they do not rise to the level of criminal violations and thus may not be prosecuted. However, it is important to note that these incidents have a traumatic impact on the victims as well as on the community at large.

The Department of Justice designates the displayed hate crime categories. More information is available on the State of California Department of Justice website at https://oag.ca.gov/hatecrimes

Incident  Date Hate or Bias Motivation Hate or Bias Action Offense Reported Incident Location
PE210000338 Jan 24, 2021 Anti-Black Or African-American GRAFFITI 422.6 (B) PC DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS MISCELLANEOUS
PE210001069 Mar 12, 2021 Anti-Black Or African-American,Anti-Gay (Male),Anti-Transgender GRAFFITI 422.6 (B) PC DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS MISCELLANEOUS
PE210003883 Sep 6, 2021 Anti-Gay (Male),Anti-Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender GRAFFITI 422.6 (A) PC (FEL) VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS BY FORCE OR THREAT OF FORCE CHURCH / SYNAGOGUE / TEMPLE / MOSQUE
PE220000187 Jan 15, 2022 Anti-Black Or African-American,Anti-White GRAFFITI 422.6 (B) PC DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS PARK / PLAYGROUND
PE220001387 Apr 4, 2022 Anti-Black Or African-American GRAFFITI 422.6(B) PC - DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS SCHOOL-ELEMENTARY / SECONDARY
PE220001677 Apr 23, 2022 ANTI-LESBIAN/GAY/BISEXUAL/TRANSGENDER HARASSING COMMUNICATION 422.6(B) PC - DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS PARKING LOT / GARAGE
PE220001732 Apr 27, 2022 Anti-Black Or African-American GRAFFITI 422.6 (B) PC DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS GROCERY / SUPERMARKET
PE220001962 May 13, 2022 ANTI-FEMALE,ANTI-BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN GRAFFITI 422.6(B) PC - DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS SCHOOL-ELEMENTARY
PE220002155 May 25, 2022 ANTI-BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN GRAFFITI 422.6(B) PC - DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS SCHOOL-ELEMENTARY
PE220002218 May 30, 2022 ANTI-BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN GRAFFITI 422.6(B) PC - DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS SCHOOL-ELEMENTARY
PE220003034 May 28, 2022 ANTI-BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN DAMAGE TO VEHICLE 422.6(B) PC - DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS HIGHWAY / ROAD / ALLEY / STREET
PE220003165 Jul 30, 2022 ANTI-BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN GRAFFITI 422.6(B) PC - DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS SCHOOL-ELEMENTARY
PE220004592 Oct 23, 2022 ANTI-BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN THREATENING COMMUNICATION 422.6(A) PC - VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS BY FORCE OR THREAT OF FORCE HIGHWAY / ROAD / ALLEY / STREET
PE220004885 Nov 14, 2022 ANTI-BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ROCK THROWING 422.6(A) PC - VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS BY FORCE OR THREAT OF FORCE HIGHWAY / ROAD / ALLEY / STREET
PE230001105 Mar 15, 2023 ANTI-BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN,ANTI-JEWISH DAUBING OF SWASTIKA 422.6(B) PC - DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS PARK / PLAYGROUND
PE230001171 Mar 17, 2023 ANTI-JEWISH DAUBING OF SWASTIKA 422.6(B) PC - DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS SCHOOL-ELEMENTARY
PE230002221 May 19, 2023 ANTI-TRANSGENDER VERBAL SLURS 422.6(A) PC - VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS BY FORCE OR THREAT OF FORCE SCHOOL-HIGH SCHOOL
PE230002257 May 22, 2023 ANTI-BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN VERBAL SLURS 422.6(A) PC - VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS BY FORCE OR THREAT OF FORCE SINGLE FAMILY HOME
PE230002275 May 22, 2023 ANTI-BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN OTHER 422.6(A) PC - VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS BY FORCE OR THREAT OF FORCE HIGHWAY / ROAD / ALLEY / STREET
PE230002852 Jun 29, 2023 ANTI-BLACK OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN GRAFFITI 422.6(B) PC - DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS SCHOOL-ELEMENTARY
PE230004837 Nov 1, 2023 ANTI-ARAB DAMAGE TO HOME / BUILDING 422.6(B) PC - DAMAGE/ETC PROPERTY TO VIOLATE CIVIL RIGHTS RESTAURANT

 

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