Imperial Police Department

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On Friday, December 8, 2017 during the annual Imperial Police Department uniform inspection, City Manager Stefan Chatwin announced that as of December 21, 2017 (pending Council Action) that Acting Deputy Chief Leonard J. Barra would become Chief of Police and Acting Deputy Chief Mario Luna would be promoted to Captain.


IMPERIAL, CA: June 13, 2017, at about 0931 hours, Officer’s from the Imperial Police Department were dispatched to 500 Block of Sunflower Way in reference to a suspicious circumstances call. Comments of the call indicated that the reporting party advised that gunshots were heard in the early morning hours, however after looking outside they did not notice anything unusual. When they awoke in the morning the reporting party advised they had located several bullet holes in their vehicle that was parked in the driveway of the residence. 

California Safest Cities

IMPERIAL, CA: The SafeWise Report Announces the 50 Safest Cities in California and Imperial is once again #1! This is the second year in a row that SafeWise has named Imperial as being the #1 Safest City to live, work and play.  SafeWise is the second, independent agency to name Imperial as the safest city in California. In February of 2017 the National Council of Home Safety and Security awarded Imperial with the same honor.

Deputy Chief Leonard J. Barra said, “The Imperial Police Department will never stop fighting the good fight. We will continue to keep the citizens of Imperial safe as that is our top priority.  We would like to thank the men and women who risk their lives every day in trying to meet this goal. This recognition should not only be shared with the Imperial Police Department, but also with the citizens of Imperial who get involved in keeping our community safe.  The City of Imperial is a great example of what can happen when law enforcement and the community work together to meet a goal through communication, respect, and setting priorities.”   

#1 Safest City in California

The City of Imperial has once again been named the #1 Safest City in the State of the California by SafeWise. This is the second Safest City award Imperial has received. You may recall in February of this year, the National Council of Home Safety and Security also named Imperial #1. We are excited and honored to be the recipients of such recognition. 

Safe Deal Zone Avatar

Safe Deal Zone is a platform for which citizens can, when completing a transaction, do so at their local PD or “safe zone.” This affords such buyers to have the transaction completed here if the seller agrees, to help potentially thwart any fraud from occurring. Those not so truthful people will not agree to meet here due to potential consequences, therefore potential victims may not be victims at all.  With our suspects possibly selling property online this could become a good tool. Safe Deal Zone has placed our info in their list of participating agencies and also FB and Twitter.