Police Department Office of the Chief

Message from the Interim Chief of Police


Matthew Madden, Interim Chief of Police

The Chico Police Department is a diverse organization comprised of over 140 full-time employees, with an additional 100 police volunteers, including Volunteers in Police Service, Explorers, Chaplains and Interns. It is the collective mission of the Chico Police Department to enhance and facilitate community safety.

We believe that trust and communication between a police department and community are essential, and are built intentionally. As such, interaction with our entire community is a priority. This includes difficult conversations about controversial issues. The department recently adopted a new community policing emphasis and command structure to better serve the needs of the community, and enhance that interaction.

While Community Oriented Policing is our model, a Police (Public Safety) Oriented Community is our goal. There should never be division between a police department and the community that it serves. They are truly one in the same. While the department has both a statutory and moral responsibility for community safety, we know that a community that actively engages with its police department will be both safer and healthier. That is how we view our community and its engagement with us.

While we have and will face many challenges, we will do so collaboratively. We are genuinely excited about the future of this community because of this fact. I am humbled, honored and blessed to serve as your interim chief, and to lead your incredible law enforcement professionals.

Matthew Madden, Interim Chief of Police

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