Message from the Chief

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Arcata Police Department's website. The site was created to provide residents and visitors with important information concerning public safety in our community, information about the Police Department, and to improve communication between the Department and the community.

The City of Arcata is an exceptional community, which can boast of breathtaking scenery such as the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary as well as majestic redwoods in our own community owned forest. Arcata has a small town feel with influences from a diverse community of involved citizens. I am dedicated to protecting this unique and wonderful City. Ultimately, it is our mission to foster and maintain the City of Arcata as a great place to live, raise a family, work, visit and shop.

As Chief of Police, I assume the responsibility of ensuring that our community is provided with the best law enforcement and public safety services possible. Fortunately for me, I work with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff that understands the definition of community service. Our goal is to exceed community expectations by taking the extra steps above and beyond what is expected.

I am aware that in order to operate a successful law enforcement agency there must be a sense of shared purpose between your police and our community. As your Police Chief, I am committed to fostering this shared purpose and providing the most accountable and successful law enforcement agency possible. In turn, I challenge the citizens of Arcata to help us maintain public safety through being a good neighbor and an active member of our community. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and for your continued partnership with our agency.
Police Chief Tom Chapman