Message from Acting Chief Spanheimer
Acting Chief Joe Spanheimer began his career as a police officer with the City of Pacifica in 1993. During his career he worked a variety of assignments including, Patrol, SWAT, and Detectives. Acting Chief Spanheimer was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1999, Sergeant in 2002, and Captain in 2011. As a Captain he managed the Field Services Division and the Administrative and Investigative Services Divisions. Acting Chief Spanheimer is also the City’s Emergency Manager and CERT Coordinator.
Acting Chief Spanheimer is a United States Marine Corps veteran. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership. He also teaches a variety of courses at the Basic Police Academy in San Mateo.
“It is the mission of the men and women of the Pacifica Police Department to protect and serve the members of our community with the highest level of commitment, ethics and professionalism.” (Pacifica Police Department Mission Statement)
The Pacifica Police Department is committed to serving all citizens with the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, respect and fairness. We are committed to the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees; the preservation of peace, order and safety by fair and practical enforcement of laws and ordinances; and the prevention of crime through a proactive and collaborative effort with the community. Our goals are to solve problems in the community by encouraging a mutually beneficial relationship, to provide the highest level of professional service to all and to maintain our tradition of community service. We recognize our authority is derived from the people we serve.
Child Safety Tip
Before departing with children, grandchildren or kids to any event, take a second, pull out your cell phone and take individual pictures of each child. That way, if the unthinkable happens and a child gets lost, you have a picture of how they are dressed and what they currently look like.
The photo can then be immediately sent to police to aid in locating the child. Seconds can be precious in this scenario, so take a second, make it a habit and take a picture!
Online Report Requests
Most accident, vandalism and other select reports can be accessed via the following page:
Request a Police Report
Make a Police Report Online
A police report can be made online via the following page:
Make a Police Report
Online Crime Tip Submission Form
Now citizens can submit tips and information online to the police regarding crime and suspicious activity occurring in Pacifica. If you have information you would like to submit to the Pacifica Police Department via the web, visit our tip submission form.
Career Opportunities with the Pacifica Police Department
All city law enforcement jobs can be viewed at www.calopps.org under City of Pacifica or by clicking here.