Press releases and Police Daily Log

Most police activity is public record. California law permits and requires the release of most police activity to the public. Under the public records law, we are required to make information available about incidents occurring in Menlo Park. This includes the type of crime, general locations, and names of people arrested for alleged crimes. Daily police logs do not list all routine calls for police service, or routine items such as traffic stops, medical calls, alarm calls, or noise complaints. All daily log content posted on this site is screened and edited. Some information cannot be released in daily logs:
  • Names of juveniles, crime victims, or suspects in certain crimes
  • Addresses of the incident or involved parties
  • Details of some incidents, like domestic violence, and cases under investigation
News releases are written and released as incidents involving major crimes, bulletins about wanted suspects, and items of general community interest occurring in Menlo Park. We recognize that media representatives have deadlines, and we will do what we can to assist in meeting them. A media release may be emailed directly to local media contacts and/or posted as soon as possible after an incident. Media releases may include the names, ages and cities of criminal suspects or victims, photos, places involved and details about the incident or officers involved.
  1. City Manager names David Spiller as Menlo Park’s interim police chief

    City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson announced David Spiller as the city’s interim police chief effective July 31, 2020. Spiller takes over from retiring Police Chief Dave Bertini whose last day is July 30. Spiller began his career as a patrol officer for Read on...
  2. Police announce new webpage: Building community trust and relationships

    The Menlo Park Police Department is pleased to announce a new webpage which has been in development for the past two months Read on...
  3. Police Chief Dave Bertini announces his retirement, will serve through transition

    Menlo Park Police Chief Dave Bertini announced during the City Council’s June 18 special meeting, his intention to retire effective July 30. However, following a discussion with City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson, he has agreed to continue as police Read on...
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Our logs list all police reports including:
  • Accidents
  • Arrests
  • Crime and incident report numbers
  • General information reports
See our Glossary of Terms for helpful information on how to read these logs.