Message from the Chief

In these unsettling times triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to assure you that the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department remains fully operational and dedicated to keeping our communities safe. The nature of law enforcement does not lend itself to the amenity of telecommuting or even the precaution of social distancing, so in order to ensure that our essential services remain uninterrupted, we must take precautions to minimize our coronavirus exposure potential. Rapid response to life-threatening emergencies and maintaining public order will remain our top priorities. However, in keeping with the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health’s “shelter in place” order and the Town of Los Gatos Proclamation of Local Emergency, most of the Department’s non-essential functions will be postponed until further notice and Department personnel will be utilizing remote means to handle non-life-threatening calls for service. For example, in property crime cases where there is no suspect information or necessity for evidence collection, dispatchers will direct callers to our online reporting portal or an Officer may take a telephone report. The public is still encouraged to remain vigilant and report crimes in progress. Now more than ever we must strive to be good neighbors and look out for one another.

Pete Decena

Chief of Police

May 11 Community Meeting: New public safety operating system that helps community and law enforcement work together to eliminate crime, protect privacy, and mitigate bias.

On May 11, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department will be hosting a virtual community meeting to discuss the implementation of stationary Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology within the Town of Los Gatos and City of Monte Sereno as a crime deterrence strategy and investigative tool. In other Bay Area jurisdictions, ALPR technology has proved to be an invaluable investigative tool as well as an effective means of interdicting crime through identification of suspects and vehicles via real-time notification alerts. The Police Department, in partnership with Flock Safety, will be providing information about the proposed ALPR project, how the technology works, proposed areas of deployment, protection and privacy of citizens, and specific case examples. Community members are encouraged to participate and learn about the stationary ALPR project and provide valuable perspective and feedback. Community questions may be sent before and after the meeting to We will do our best to be responsive to each question and incorporate relevant information into our meeting discussion.  


Please register for the meeting by clicking here.   

In the aftermath of the George Floyd’s tragic killing by police officers, many community members have reached out to inquire about our Use of Force policies. This is where we stand…

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