Chief of Police Message

Welcome to the City of Gilroy Police Department web site! My name is Pedro Espinoza and I was appointed on October 1, 2020 as Gilroy’s Police Chief. I am honored to serve this community.

Public safety is a top priority in Gilroy. We endeavor to foster community partnerships with residents, schools, community based organizations, and businesses. Together we can work to reduce crime and make Gilroy a great place to live, work, and play.
The City of Gilroy Police Department has 104 staff which consists of 65 sworn officers and 40 professional staff. Staff are deployed in the following areas of the department: Administration, Anti-Crime Team, Communications 911, Crime Analysis, Detectives, Records, and the Traffic Unit. 

Department Specialties

Our department prides ourselves in meeting the needs in Gilroy by providing a Crime Scene Investigation Team, Major Accident Investigation Team, Mounted Unit, Traffic Officer, Bike Patrol Unit, Special Operations Team, and a Hostage Negotiations Team, and a School Resource Officer Program. 

Community Partnerships

We invite the community to participate in the following programs: 
  • Citizen Police Academy
  • Graffiti Abatement Committee (Wipe-Out-Watch volunteers)
  • Neighborhood Academy
  • Police Chief's Advisory Committee
  • Police Explorer Program
  • Reserve Police Officer Program
  • Volunteers in Policing Program (VIPS)
We also encourage the community to get involved by in crime prevention by organizing a Neighborhood Watch program. This program serves as the "Eyes & Ears" for the police. Residents are provided training on how to prevent crimes at home and learn how to call in suspicious activity that is occurring with the goal of working together to prevent crime.

Now that you are more familiar with our department, I encourage you to become an active partner so we can make Gilroy a great place to live, work and play! Thank you for this opportunity to serve you.