The Department has two full-time K-9 teams. The teams help find and apprehend suspects and find missing persons. They can also detect narcotics and help find lost property. We have two teams - Officer Corie Joerger and her dog Basko; and Officer Art Farinha and his dog Jimmy.
The Petaluma SWAT team a police unit trained to respond to high-risk situations. The team can use special weapons to diffuse dangerous situations with peaceful outcomes. Monthly practices assure that the team prepares for any situation.
The Investigations Team helps solve the most serious crimes committed in Petaluma. These investigations are often lengthy, demanding, and need experience and significant specialized training. Some such situations include homicides, sexual assault, and child abuse, among others. Our detectives also track sex, arson and drug offenders living in Petaluma. Our Investigations Team is busy, often handling over 250 cases a year.
The Traffic Team reduces property damage, injuries and deaths caused by traffic collisions. They do this by enforcing safety laws, educating the community, and working with City engineers to make streets safer. They also oversee checkpoints that reduce accidents caused by impaired driving.
There are many skills and specialties needed to keep Petaluma safe