Palo Alto at a glance

Population by race and Hispanic origin

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Full-time law enforcement staff, Palo Alto Police Department

  • 78 Officers
  • 45 Civilian staff

Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents

  • 1.2 Palo Alto
  • 1.6 National average, cities with 50,000 to 99,999 population
  • 2.2 National average

These figures reflect the Palo Alto Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.

Federal grant funding for Palo Alto

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Military equipment transfers

We were unable to locate any military equipment transfers for this location using the LESO Property Transferred to Participating Agencies database published by the Defense Logistics Agency. It is possible that this location has acquired military equipment for policing via other sources or programs.

Local police misconduct data, consent decrees, and settlements

Data last updated July 17, 2023


We identified 2 publicly reported settlements that resulted in $285,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.

Year Description Outcome

The City of Palo Alto has reached a settlement of $150,000 to Julio Arevalo, who claimed that the Palo Alto Officers falsely arrested him in July 2019.

Arevalo, who was 23 years old at the time, was standing outside of Happy Donuts when Agent Thomas DeStefano asked Arevalo if he was on probation and then attempted to detain him. Arevalo tried to walk away from DeStefano, but DeStefano followed Arevalo and tried to pin Arevalo’s arm behind his back to detain him. City of Palo Alto in November 2019, accusing the Police Department of violating his civil rights by violently attacking and falsely arresting him. He was seeking $3.85 million for "personal injury, emotional distress, property damage, other damages and the like,” but settled with the City for $150,000.


The City of Palo Alto, CA paid $135,000 to settle a lawsuit involving a man who was attacked by a police dog while sleeping in his family’s backyard.

In June 2020, Joel Alejo was sleeping in his family’s backyard in Palo Alto when an officer, Agent Nick Enberg, ordered his police dog to bite Alejo during the police’s search for a kidnapping suspect. Alejo was subsequently taken to the hospital because of his injuries. In January 2022, the City settled Alejo’s case for $135,000, yet Enberg remained on the force with a police dog as of September 2022, more than two years after the incident. This was the fifth police misconduct lawsuit that Palo Alto settled between February 2016 and January 2022. Including Alejo’s case, these lawsuits have cost the City $1,282,500.


Might be worth including from the article that: "It’s the fifth lawsuit related to police misconduct that Palo Alto has settled since February 2016, amounting to $1,282,500 including the Alejo case."