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Clovis Police Department 

1233 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA 93612

Non-emergency Response (559) 324-2800

Records (559) 324-2400 

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The Clovis Police Department

Old Police Headquarters on Pollasky AvenuePolicing in the City of Clovis was relegated to County Constables until 1927, when Alvin Cole was elected as the first City Marshall. He was the only officer in charge of the area bounded by Sierra, Barstow, Sunnyside and Minnewawa. He did have the help of Louis Milanesi for a few years. Louis was a street-sweeper by day; an officer by night. He switched to the street department for good in the early 1930s. 

In 1947, Bruce Spurgeon became Clovis’ first Chief of Police, and was one of the City’s four officers for a population of roughly 2,500. Tan uniforms were the order of the day. Ham Radio Operator and Officer Harry Rohde built the Department’s first radio system in 1956. It worked well in the city, but not for officers pursuing suspects beyond the boundary lines. In 1963, eight years after Thomas Higgason took the reigns as Chief, the Police Department moved in with the Fire Department where the DMV building stands now in downtown Clovis. All 9 employees, including the Department’s first female officer Frances Qualls, were all sworn. And, in order to get maximum use out of the Department’s two patrol cars, officers gave each other door-to-door pick-ups at home. 

New Police Headquarters

In the 1960s, the Department began programs for youth like the Explorers and the Police Activities League, or PAL. Animal Control signed on with the Department in 1972. Officers wore light blue uniform shirts. From the DUI team in the early 80s, created to reduce alcohol-related accidents, to the technology of the 90s and beyond, “computer” and “digital” are now the buzz words in the department. Even many crimes are high tech these days. And, trucks are becoming the vehicle of choice for patrol units for some of the officers. Uniforms are, once again, dark blue.

In 2003, police and fire officials moved into a new 70,000 square foot Public Safety facility that features the latest in technology and design. The facility houses fire administration, investigators, inspectors, battalion chiefs, the fire marshal, and other officials, as well as police operations. For the first time, police administration, fire administration, records, dispatch, patrol, youth services, and investigations are all under one roof, affording better communication and service coordination. The communications center features all new equipment -- from the top of the 185-foot antennae tower to consoles for the dispatchers.

The Patrol Division

Patrol is the most highly visible division of the Police Department. Uniformed Patrol, which includes traffic enforcement, the Reserve Unit, and Community Service Officers, responds to calls for service and represent the police department in their daily contact with the citizens of Clovis. They also deal effectively and appropriately with the criminals they apprehend. Neighborhood Corporals work closely with business and property owners to resolve any problems within the community. The Police Chaplain Program assists our department and victims of crime during traumatic events or in times of grief. The Patrol Division's effective and proactive approach toward eliminating criminal activity and protecting its citizens has helped create a safe community for the citizens of Clovis. 

Education and Training 

Frequent education and training keep Clovis police officers sharp and ready for the challenges of their work. Training and education topics range from social and police issues to practical training matters, such as firearms and first aid and training for being a first responder, community policing, terrorism and dealing with domestic violence to name just a few.  

The Youth Services Division

The Youth Services Division provides programs services and activities for juveniles and parents. The mission of the Youth Services Division is to encourage youth within the City of Clovis to consistently demonstrate behavior that produces social, emotional, educational and economic success. Our approach is to provide multiple programs, services and activities to support families in our community. 


The Diversion Program is a method to hold juveniles accountable and support parental authority. This program is for juveniles who are deemed out-of-control, juveniles who run away from home, juveniles who commit misdemeanor criminal offenses and juveniles who are chronically truant. The process begins with a hearing with the Juvenile Hearing Officer. The Juvenile Hearing Officer reviews the behavior that brought the juvenile to the attention of the police department, and places the juvenile on a Diversion Contract. The contract directs the juvenile to complete a specific number of days in the Community Service Work Program, and to follow-up with community resources that may help the juvenile to improve their misbehavior. 

Juvenile Work Program (JWP

The JWP is the primary method in which the Clovis Police Department holds juveniles accountable for misbehavior in the community. Juveniles are required to remove weeds and debris from public areas like vacant lots, alley ways, parks and parking lots. Juveniles also assist in cleaning up graffiti throughout the city. 

Graffiti Abatement 

Graffiti Abatement is a high priority for the Clovis Police Department and Youth Services. To report Graffiti, call the Graffiti Hot Line at 324-2426. We have two goals for this program: 

  • To remove graffiti within 24-48 hours of being notified. 
  • To arrest chronic offenders. 

Drug Education Program (DEP) 

The Drug Education Program is a five hour class provided one Saturday a month during the school year and is taught by a Clovis Police Officer. The class is interactive and teaches juveniles the dangers and consequences of alcohol and drug use. 

Professional Counseling 

Professional counseling is provided by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The counseling focuses on improving family functioning by working with parents and juveniles. Typical areas of concern include: juvenile drug and alcohol use, poor school performance, running away from home, poor communication, and inconsistent parenting.

For more Information call Youth Services at (559) 324-2440.


The Clovis Police Department Internship  program’s goal is to offer Clovis Unified School District students (juniors and seniors in CUSD high school)  exposure and training within the Clovis Police Department. Focusing on broadening the minds of teens in cultivating skills in the workforce and further prepare and develop them into responsible adults. This program offers a wide variety of active participation experience that are beneficial to young adults. 

Ride-Along: Interns actively participate in the ride-along program that the police department offers to see up-close police work of the Police Officers and Community Service Officers (CSO). Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) interns accompany officers in their cars for a portion of their shift. This is an exceptional learning opportunity to gain insight and officers specific expertise within their field. 

Sit-Along: Interns are allowed to sit in with 911 dispatchers for a portion of their shifts to learn about calls, procedures, and communications between dispatchers and police officers.

Other unique opportunities that interns can participate in include an overview of the Clovis Police jail. Interns can observe how the holding cell is operated and the police department's booking procedures work.  Interns will be trained and complete courses with viable knowledge in rotations such as: Code Enforcement, Animal Adoption Center, Investigations and Graffiti Abatement.

If you are interested or need a application, please contact the YLI Internship Coordinators:

PSO Gloria Bradford: (559) 324-2533

CSO Margarita Serrano: (559) 324-2599




Police Communications

The Communications Division is the primary answering point for all emergency and non-emergency requests for police and emergency medical assistance in Clovis. 9-1-1 calls in Clovis are received by a dispatcher who asks the questions necessary to determine the nature of the event. Personnel and equipment are assigned based on this dispatcher's assessment. The dispatcher may continue talking to the caller while emergency units are assigned to the event by another dispatcher. 

Activity in the Clovis Communications Center can vary widely. At times, the Center is quiet with an almost eerie silence. However, more often than not, the Center is busy with phones ringing, printers printing, dispatchers and call takers talking and Emergency personnel being dispatched to calls. Public Safety Dispatchers and Police Service Officers process a steady stream of calls and requests for police and medical services. 

Public Education and Tours 

Public Safety Communications personnel are available to speak to community groups of any size. Some topics for presentation include: "What Happens when I Call 9-1-1." This presentation is appropriate for any age level. At least 2 weeks notice is appreciated prior to the date of any presentation. If you have any questions or would like more information on any of our educational programs, please contact the Dispatch Supervisor at (559) 324-2800 

Do you belong to a group that would like to visit the 9-1-1 center? The Clovis Police Communications Center regularly schedules tours for groups who would like to see their Communications Center in action. Youth organizations, church groups and schools have scheduled tours of Clovis Police Communication Center. These guided tours  give insight into the operations and importance of the Public Safety Communications Division. While we can schedule tours of any size, we prefer to break them into groups of no more than 20. 

The Records Division

The records manager, her full-time staff of five professional staff and several part-time employees are responsible for the more than fifteen thousand police reports that are generated each year. The Records Division is responsible for all crime reports, data entry, typing, property and evidence and many more allocated tasks. 

Schedule of Services 

  • Records Regular Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:00 pm, closed on court holidays
  • Arson registrants: please call 324-3474 for an appointment 
  • PC 290 Registrants: Call the Sex Offender Information Line at 324-3474.
  • Narcotic registration is done Tuesday through Friday 10:30am - 2:00 pm
  • Impound Hearings: By appointment only: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am - 2:00pm Call 324-2400 to schedule an appointment. 
  • Vehicle Releases: Monday through Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm 
  • Fingerprinting: (rolled ink prints only)  Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm This service is provided to residents of the City of Clovis or those who are employed in the City of Clovis
  • Livescan: Unavailable - Please check the yellow pages of your local phone book under "fingerprinting services." 


Please, see the fee schedule for current Police Department service charges.

Child Safety Seat Inspections  Clovis Police Department conducts child safety seat inspections by appointment only. Please call Alicia at 324-2420 or Jennifer 324-2554 to set up an appointment.

Clovis Police Explorer Post 355

The Mission of the Clovis Police Department Explorer Post 355 is to expose youth to an organization with strict standards, high expectations, a police command structure, higher education and a career in law enforcement. We are committed to building a better tomorrow by encouraging youth through EXPLORING. 

The Clovis Police Department Explorer Post 355 is currently looking for new EXPLORERS. The post meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Clovis Police Department, Youth Services Division from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For information contact the Explorer line at 324-2443. Please call prior to attending any meeting. 


  • Be between the ages of 15 and 20 at the time of appointment or 14 ½ and have completed the 8th grade 
  • Maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher 
  • Have no serious arrests or convictions 
  • Be of good character and citizenship
  • Be of a proportionate height and weight and have no physical defect that would cause personal injury under emergency circumstances 

  • Explorer Academy 
  • Explorer Competitions 
  • Children’s Fingerprinting 
  • Community Service 
  • Ride-Along Program 
  • Police Training
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