Community Programs & Events

Our Community Programs

DARE Education

2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the DARE program. The DARE officer teaches 5th graders at all nine Pleasanton elementary schools. Over the course of ten weeks the officer and students cover topics such as resisting peer pressure, confident communication, and effective listening skills; the officer also teaches a four-day drug awareness program to all 8th grade students. An important part of DARE includes spending time with students on campus as role models and building trusting relationships.

School Resource Officers

In January 2002, the Pleasanton Police Department and the Pleasanton Unified School District implemented the School Resource Officer Program as a joint effort to make Pleasanton schools safer and have a positive police presence in the schools. SROs collaborate with administrators to develop comprehensive safety plans ensuring each school site is a safe place for students to learn.

Homeless Outreach Team 

In 2019 the City formed a multi-disciplinary Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) to identify needs and coordinate services for those who are unhoused. In January 2020, the department dedicated two full-time police officers to help coordinate efforts surrounding the City’s response for the unhoused. The two officers assigned to HOT have received extensive training in crisis intervention, behavioral health and intervention strategies for the unhoused, and regularly collaborate with Alameda County Behavioral Health to provide services for those in need.

Pop-Up Storytime

Police Department employees regularly collaborate with the Pleasanton Library in hosting story time events for our younger community members. Officers have the chance to read aloud to groups of children and answer any questions they might have.

Teen Academy

The Pleasanton Police Department facilitates a 3-week program for local teens to learn more about law enforcement. Like Citizen’s Academy, teens have the opportunity to participate in presentations covering a variety of topics, ask questions, and get hands-on experience in reality-based scenarios.

Citizens’ Academy

The Pleasanton Police Department facilitates a 15-week program for residents and local business owners to learn more about law enforcement and gain a better understanding how their police department operates. This course teaches participants about the overall operations of the department, including community policing, traffic enforcement, criminal Investigations, communications, SWAT, narcotics investigations and crime prevention. This dynamic class encourages asking questions and offers hands-on experience in reality-based scenarios.

Our Community Events

National Night Out

An annual community-building event that promotes positive police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Pleasanton Police partner with multiple Neighborhood Watch groups to coordinate block parties where officers and residents spend time talking and playing games in a relaxed environment.

Coffee with a Cop

In collaboration with local coffee shops, Pleasanton police officers encourage the community to spend a few minutes chatting over coffee. Topics can cover general safety and crime issues in the city.

Preschool & Daycare Visits

Every year our officers are invited to preschools and day care centers to talk to our youngest community members about safety.

Crime Prevention Booth

The Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit participates in multiple community events throughout the year including farmers market, Senior Center Transit Fair, Concerts in the Park and the Ignite art and technology festival. Officers are available to answer any questions, provide advice and connect with our community.

A Night to Shine

Pleasanton Police Department participates in the Tri-Valley Night to Shine event. Officers escort people with special needs ages 14 and older to a unique prom night experience.

Police Department Tours

The Police Department facilitates tours every month for individuals and groups including Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Holiday Safety Presentation

Our detectives develop an educational seminar for community members, which details current crime trends and tips to help keep people safe during the holidays.

Cone With a Cop

The Pleasanton Police Department hosts this annual summer event for the community. Guests are encouraged to stop by Meadowlark Dairy for ice cream and one-on-one conversations with department employees.