On behalf of the Sonoma Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our webpage. I am very pleased with the hard work, dedication, and tireless effort of the men and women of the Sonoma Police Department, and their commitment to the core values of our department.
In 2004, the City of Sonoma contracted with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department to provide law enforcement services. The Sonoma Police Department still provides the same high level of service it always has, and has added several new positions in response the community needs.
Under the direction of Chief of Police Bret Sackett, the police department has a total staff of 16.5 employees; 1 chief, 2 sergeants, 10 patrol deputies, 2 community services officers and 1.5 administrative staff. We are fortunate to be joined by a strong cadre of dedicated Volunteers and Police Explorers, which play a vital role in our service to the community.
The men and women of the Sonoma Police Department are committed to making our city a safe place to live, work, and visit, and on behalf of our dedicated staff of professionals.
The department looks forward to proactively build and strengthen community partnerships through the delivery of high quality, efficient, and professional law enforcement services.
In partnership with our communities, we commit to provide professional, firm, fair and compassionate law enforcement and detention services with integrity and respect.
In addition to regular law enforcement activities the Sonoma Police Department also includes the following special services.
In 2005, through a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, the Sonoma Police Department deployed a full time motor unit dedicated to traffic safety enforcement. The traffic officer's responsibility is to monitor and enforce all traffic laws, promote driving safety through education and serve as the department liaison to the Traffic Safety Committee.
Animal Care and Control services can be requested through dispatch at (707) 996-3601. All animal license information is available on the business number, (707) 996-3602.
Animal Care and Control functions are performed by the Community Services Officers. Their primary responsibility is to enforce the safe and responsible ownership of dogs within the City of Sonoma. They also respond to dogs at large and injured animal calls. Found dogs are sheltered at the temporary shelter at Sonoma Police Department, while efforts are made to reunite them with their owners. After that time the animals are transferred to Pets Lifeline or Sonoma County Animal Control.
The School Resource Officer (SRO) is assigned to Sonoma Unfied School District to promote student safety and serve as a resource for students and faculty. The SRO is specifically trained to perform three roles: law enforcement officer, law related counselor and law related teacher.
In addition to his daily duties the SRO also conducts special student activities such as EVERY 15 Minutes, a drunk driving prevention program for high school students.
Initiated in 1997, the Sonoma Valley Youth and Family Services Program offers a restorative approach to youth justice with accountability, family involvement and community partnerships as its foundation. The goal for the program is to prevent or reduce the likelihood of admission into the formal juvenile justice system and to offer each participant the opportunity to be accountable for their actions.
Robert Smith, Youth and Family Services Program Coordinator can be reached by calling (707) 565-8734.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department's Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.) program was established to better connect with the community we serve.
V.I.P. members contribute greatly to Sonoma Police Department through the donation of their time. Their contributions in the field as well as in the office enables our Deputies and Support Staff to better respond to calls for service and generally meet our responsibilities to the public.
The V.I.P. unit at Sonoma Police Department is composed of unpaid, volunteer, adult citizens from Sonoma Valley. After receiving general and task-specific training, V.I.P.s are utilized as additional "eyes and ears" of the Department and to perform a variety of specialized assignments under the supervision of Department staff.
Applicants are required to possess a valid drivers license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the state of California to perform the essential job functions of this position. Candidates for this position will be required to pass a background investigation.
Exploring teaches the values of commitment, citizenship, dedication, leadership and community service. Young men and woman 15 to 20 years of age can participate in the program and learn the laws of arrest, First Aid/CPR, crime scene management, traffic control and other skills valuable to pursuing a career in law enforcement.
For further information about the Sonoma Police Explorer Post 110, please call the police department during normal business hours.