Message from the chief

Stephen Gesell

As chief of police, I am proud to represent a highly competent and invested workforce equipped to effectively fulfill our mission of serving those that live, work, and visit San Luis Obispo.

SLOPD employees are dedicated to preserving the world-renowned quality of life enjoyed in San Luis Obispo. We embrace the value of fostering and maintaining positive relationships both externally and within our organization in providing superior quality service delivery residents and visitors to this historic city deserve.

It is no revelation that our ability to be effective in reducing crime largely hinges on the relationship we have with the community and other stakeholders. Without this assistance, we fall short of maximizing our ability to achieve our shared objectives.

Help us help you by reducing your chance of becoming a victim. Simple steps such as locking your car, closing your garage door, ensuring you have proper lighting, maintaining awareness of your surroundings, and calling the police when you notice suspicious activity in your neighborhood can prevent many crimes from occurring.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you should need assistance.

Stay safe,

Stephen Gesell
Chief of Police