Police Department News Releases

Police Department Press Releases


The Press Information Office is a central location for the media and community to obtain information and press releases regarding the newsworthy events in which the Chico Police Department has played a role.

Media outlets and public agencies wishing to receive department press releases submit an email address here.



Scam Alert – PG&E

Our Public Safety Police and Fire Dispatch Center is recently receiving many calls from older adults about people (a scammer) calling them and posing as PG&E. The scammer claims to represent PG&E and that they are “converting to a new system due to COVID-19.” The victim is asked to make a payment over the phone or through money order, one suspect even offered to meet a victim at 7-11 to take payment. These scammers are often very convincing and anyone can fall victim to their lies and scam.


Fatal Traffic Collision / Road Closure at W. 8th St. & Broadway St.

Case#: 20-002099

** UPDATE **
Date: 04/10/2020
The driver who was killed in Thursday’s early morning collision has been identified as Lenore Robertson, a 22 year old female from Chico. The two other female occupants of that vehicle, both adults, were taken to a local hospital where they were admitted for injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, a 24-yr old male from Chico and his female passenger were not injured. Both the driver of the other vehicle and the passengers in both vehicles have cooperated fully with the investigation.


Stabbing in South Chico

Case#: 20-002088

Shortly before midnight on 04/07/20, Chico Police Officers responded to a local medical facility to contact a stabbing victim. The victim reported fighting with an unknown male in South Chico. When the fight concluded the victim realized he was stabbed. The victim suffered several non-threatening injuries that he received treatment for before being released.


Robbery at CVS Pharmacy on Forest Ave

Case#: 20-001993

On 03-30-20 at approximately 1420 hours, Chico Police responded to the report of a robbery at CVS Pharmacy, (1120 Forest Ave.) Officers quickly arrived on scene and learned that two unknown male suspects had jumped over the pharmacy counter and demanded employees open the safe. Seconds later, the suspects fled the store without stealing any property. They were last seen leaving the area in a silver or tan sedan. Both suspects were described as either being black or Hispanic males with dark clothing, wearing hooded sweatshirts. They both were young in appearance.


Death of Chico Resident in a Public Right of Way

Case#: 20-001961

On 3/28/20 at 12:36 PM, medics and Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a report of an unconscious female who was not breathing near the dumpster at Speedway Gas, 2501 Notre Dame Blvd. Medics arrived on scene and began administering CPR to the female. Unfortunately, CPR was not successful, and the female was pronounced deceased at the scene. The deceased will not be identified until next of kin has been notified. There were no signs of criminality.

Location: 2501 Notre Dame Blvd, Speedway Gas

Date/Time: 3/28/2020 1236 hours


Pet Food Bank for Chico Residents

Date: 03-26-20
Chico, CA – Although the Chico Animal Shelter is closed to the general public, staff is still working behind the scene to reunite lost pets and care for stray animals at the shelter. Our Staff realizes this is a very challenging time for many people, and that the current pandemic is affecting both people and their pets. The Chico Animal Shelter has created a food pantry to help people in our community keep their pets at home and not have to surrender them to the shelter during these uncertain times.


Fatal Vehicle Accident on Notre Dame Blvd and Skyway

Case#: 20-001963

** UPDATE ** Chico Police has confirmed the identity of the driver involved in this morning’s fatal collision. The driver was identified as Ashley Leon, a 29-yr old female from Chico. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a factor in this collision until toxicology services are returned. Any further questions can be directed to Sgt. Todd Lefkowitz of the Traffic Unit at (530) 897-4974.


K-9 Pax After Training

In between storms ⛈….
Yesterday K-9 Pax got some training in and posed for a cool photo with a full rainbow when he was done. 


Governor Gavin Newsom’s Stay At Home Order

Governor Gavin Newsom issued a “Stay at Home except for essential needs” order in an effort to protect the health of all Californians. To find out more on how this order effects you, please see the link below from the Ca. Governor’s office.

Message from the office of the Governor: Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of #COVID19.


Death of Chico Resident in a Public Right of Way

On 3/18/2020 at 1630 hours, public safety personnel were dispatched to a possible medical issue at the bus stop located on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Upon the arrival of fire and medical personnel, lifesaving measures were taken on a 50 year old Chico resident. The subject was transported to a near-by hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. There were no signs of criminality and the death appeared to be from natural causes. This press release is in response to a request to notify media outlets of a death located in the public right of way.


Chico Police Department Lobby Closed

03/18/20: Under the direction of the City Manager, our Chico Police Department Lobby will be closed until further notice. Please know that we are still here working to serve you during this challenging time. If you are in need of assistance from our Records or Property Divisions, please contact them at (530) 897-4910. Like our Officers, our Public Safety Dispatchers are here 24/7 to assist you. For non-emergencies please call (530) 897-4911. If you have an emergency please call 9-1-1.


COVID-19 Chico Animal Services Response

(Chico, CA – March 17, 2020) Chico Animal Services will continue to provide essential services to the community at this time. Animal Control will continue to pick up stray dogs, sick or injured cats, animals in immediate danger, or animals posing a risk to public safety.


COVID-19 Chico Police Department Response

03-16-2020: The Chico Police Department is operating as normal, with the exception of our front counter and lobby areas. We have not substantially changed our response model, as Officers are still deployed in the community and are responding to calls for service within the City of Chico. We have equipped our officers with personal protective equipment and are in the process of providing additional equipment. We are currently preparing staffing contingency plans and we will be activating our internal Command System.


Request for Public’s Help to Identify Subjects

Case#: 20-001635

Hey Chico, we are asking for the public’s help in identifying these subjects. They are suspects in an identity theft case. If you can help us identify them please contact our non-emergency line @(530) 897-4911 and reference case #20-001635.
Thank you in advance for your help.


International Women’s Day Celebration

We have no shortage of incredibly talented, smart and hard working women here at Chico PD and in honor of this International Women’s Week we are featuring a few of them today.  We are grateful for, and extremely proud of ALL of the amazing women that are part of our Chico PD family.  Thank you for all you do everyday for your Chico #community.


Training for K-9 Kimbo and Officer Marshall

K-9 Kimbo and Officer Marshal are attending training with Meyer’s Police K9 Training for their Basic Handlers Course with K-9 teams from Butte County Sheriff, Orland Police Department, Weed Police Department, Mt Shasta Police Department and Paradise Police Department

Today we got to see a portion of the drug recognition training. Way to go K-9 Kimbo & Officer Marshal! You two make an awesome team! Thanks Meyers Police K-9 Training for the top notch training!


Anonymous Donation of Bikes for Police VIPS

We are always grateful for our community and the support they give us! Our Chico Police Volunteers In Police Service recently received a generous gift of four new patrol bikes from an anonymous donor. Thank you!! We also want to say Thanks to Chico Sports, LTD for helping us get the new equipment mounted on the bikes so they are patrol ready.


Drowning in Sycamore Pool

Case#: 20-001556

Chico, CA – On 03/06/2020 at approximately 1140 hours Chico Police received a call of a subject down in the water at 1 Sycamore Dr., Sycamore Pool.  Officers were dispatched to the location and located a white male adult, between 50-60 years old, lying face down in the water approximately 50 feet off of the shore.  Officers pulled the male out of the water and immediately started CPR.  Medics and Chico Fire arrived on scene and took over life- saving procedures.  After 20 minutes the victim was pronounced decease. 


Arc of Butte County Visit

We had a great time visiting with the awesome staff and clients at the The Arc of Butte County last week. Our Target Team Officers Ferreira and Hoffman, and Patrol Officer Capucion got the opportunity to share what a police Officer does during their shift, give some safety tips, answer questions about police work and give a tour of a patrol car.

Thank you all for the warm hospitality!


SRO Sergeant Greg Rogers Participates in National Read Across America Day

It was National Read Across America Day on March 2, 2020, as well as Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. All over America, schools invited guests to come read to children. Our SRO (School Resource Officer) Sgt. Rogers was the lucky one who was invited to read to some very cool kids at Rosedale Two Way Spanish Immersion Elementary School. Thanks Rosedale!!

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