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Department Overview

Our mission is to work in collaboration with our community to protect life and property, while enhancing the quality of life in our city. This shall be accomplished through the creative use of resources, community education and involvement and mutual respect within our department and our city. Click here to access the police department’s 2022-2027 Strategic Plan.

Mission: As members of our diverse community, we selflessly serve as guardians with empathy, fairness and respect, to protect life, prevent crime and enhance quality of life.

Vision: The Pleasanton Police Department will always be a model of excellence and a leader in the law enforcement profession.


We remain committed to providing exceptional service to our community.


We will stand up for what is right, persevere through adversity and confront danger when called upon.


Initiative, ownership and creative problem solving are fundamental qualities valued at all levels of our organization.


We will preserve a safe community through balance of traditional and contemporary law enforcement strategies while maintaining a commitment to the safety and wellness of all employees.


Our shared success can only be accomplished through collaboration with our community and each other because our diverse backgrounds, skills and beliefs make us better together.

Department Structure

The City of Pleasanton has a five-beat system for deployment of personnel to ensure response time goals of under 4:00 minutes for emergency calls and under 20:00 minutes for non-emergency calls. Five full-time equivalent employees are required to staff one beat for the entire year.

Chief David Swing

Chief David Swing

Police Chief

Chief David Swing brings over 25 years of demonstrated law enforcement and leadership experience to Pleasanton. He has a proven track record of strategic budget management, commitment to community engagement and personnel development and has been a pioneer in deploying new law enforcement technology to meet the complex challenges of a progressive community like Pleasanton. 

Chief Swing previously served as the Police Chief of Morgan Hill for nine years. While serving as Chief, Swing also served as president of the California Police Chiefs Association where he actively engaged state legislators and successfully influenced legislation impacting California law enforcement agencies.

Swing began his career in law enforcement as a reserve police officer with the Morgan Hill Police Department in 1995 and rose through the ranks to police officer/recruit and traffic officer, police corporal, sergeant, commander and was named chief in 2011.

Chief Swing received his bachelor of arts degree and master’s in public administration from San Jose State University and is a graduate of the POST Command College. Additionally, he holds a certification as a POST Executive and is a regular instructor at the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium teaching a management course focusing on budget, strategic planning and succession planning.

Police Department Budget

The Pleasanton Police Department is budgeted for 118.5 full time positions. 83 peace officers and 35.5 professional support positions, such as public safety dispatchers, records personnel, an animal control officer and community service officers.

Policing provides safety services 8,760 hours per year; the average full-time employee (FTE) works 2,080 (non-overtime) hours per year. As such, personnel costs represent 89% or $25,287,998 of the $28,427,946 police department budget. 

To view the full two-year Police Department budget by division, turn to page 123 of the City’s FY 2023/24 and 2024/25 Operating Budget.

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City’s FY 2023/24 and 2024/25 Operating Budget