Police Department

A Message From the Chief 

I am honored to be serving this great community as the Chief of Police. The Orinda Police Department is dedicated to keeping Orinda safe. We are committed to providing the highest level of courtesy and professionalism to the community in which we serve. The Police Department works to utilize technology to provide better service and communication in a timely manner. The Orinda Police Department has established an email address that will allow anyone to provide crime tips and suspicious activity at Orindatip@cityoforinda.org.

Other recent technology introductions include the use of:

Contracted Services

The City of Orinda police services are provided through a contract with the Contra Costa Office of the Sheriff. The City of Orinda police department shares the mission and vision statements of the Office of the Sheriff.


The Office of the Sheriff works in partnership with our diverse community to safeguard the lives, rights and property of the people we serve. With unwavering dedication we provide innovative professional law enforcement services to our community. We accomplish this mission by maintaining our core values while always conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standard.

Police Services

The Orinda Police Department offers several services to the community that have been very useful over the past years.

Vacation House Checks

We offer vacation house checks for the residents of Orinda. In the event you are away from your home for an extended period of time, longer than 7 days, you can fill out a Vacation House Check  form to let us know how long you will be away. We will ask several questions, such as:
  • If you have lights on or off or possibly on a timer.
  • How many vehicles will be parked outside and a description of each vehicle.
  • If you have an alarm system and the name of the company.
  • If you have any dogs at the residence.
Once your form is completed, please email it to our Tip Line at orindatip@cityoforinda.org. You can also call Non-Emergency Dispatch at 925-646-2441 and request an officer take your vacation house check over the phone. During the course of an officer's daily assignment, as time permits, they will locate the property, note observations and address anything out of the ordinary. This is not a guarantee that checks will be performed daily as unforeseen events may arise, preventing a perimeter check of properties.