Town of Paradise

Police - About Us





The Paradise Police Department currently has 49 employees and proudly serves a supportive, diverse community. The police department works around the clock to protect lives and property within the Town of Paradise. The five units (Administration, Patrol, Investigations, Communication / Records, and Animal Control) are designed to provide the most efficient and timely service possible to our citizens. Our dedicated staff is committed to providing exceptional public safety services and taking a leadership role in building partnerships to make our community a better, safer place to live, work and play. Paradise is the second largest city in Butte County and is considered one of the safest communities in the area.

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                                                                                                       Patrol Operations

Patrol operations is the single largest unit within the department.  We currently have 16 authorized sworn patrol officers and four sergeants.  Patrol provides 24-hour service ever day of the year.  Patrol personnel are the first responders to routine calls and "in-progress" crimes.  Patrol officers continue to focus on one of the most significant issues in Paradise which is vehicle traffic.  With a strong commitment toward traffic safety there has been a reduction of injury collisions.




Officer John Wilkey and Cash

Officer John Wilkey has been a police officer with the Paradise Police Department since 2008 and has been a K-9 Officer partnered with Cash since September 21, 2011.

Cash is a German Sheppard who arrived in the United States from the Netherlands.  

Officer Wilkey is honored to serve the Town and looks forward to spending many years with Cash, meeting Paradise residents and business persons providing an increased sense of safety and security.

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Sergeant Robert Pickering and Titan

Sergeant Pickering has been with the Paradise Police Department since July 1999.  Sergeant Pickering is our second K-9 officer.  His partner is Titan, is a Belgian Malinois.  Officer Pickering and Titan completed their rigorous K-9 Handler training in April 2020 and are currently working their "beat" together keeping the Paradise community safe.

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Public Safety Dispatch and Records personnel continue to efficiently and effectively receive and process emergency and non-emergency calls for service along with dispatching police and fire units safely to those who need help.  The Communications Unit staff maintains continuous telephone and radio dispatching while coordinating all Police, Fire and Medical responses within the Town.  

The Public Safety Dispatchers for the Town of Paradise perform an integral part in the day-to-day Public Safety operations in the Town of Paradise. 

The Public Safety Dispatchers are hired and professionally trained according to stringent California Standards.  They are on-duty answering your calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  The Commnications Center is staffed on all holidays and weekends.  

The Records Unit is staffed by two part-time records clerks and is reponsible for all aspects of document control.   

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The Paradise Police Department would like to remind the public when

calling 9-1-1 to be prepared to tell the 9-1-1 dispatcher......

  • The location of the emergency (address, street intersection, landmarks etc.)
  • Your phone/cell number and name
  • What the emergency is and what type of assistance is needed


  • Stay calm and speak clearly!
  • Do not hang up until the 9-1-1 dispatcher has obtained all of the information that is needed
  • When calling from a cell phone, your call may be disconnected if the signal is lost.  Be sure to call back if you are cut off as the dispatcher may be busy and unable to immediately call back.


Emergency 9-1-1

Non-Emergency, 24-hour 530-872-6241



A police department chaplain is a highly specialized position, requiring individuals who are trained and dedicated.  Paradise like many police agencies has a chaplain program.  The chaplains are recognized, ordained ministers, who care for the emotional and spiritual well-being of our staff, their families and members of the public who desire their services.  Chaplains are called out to critical incidents and crime scenes such as homicides, suicides and serious traffic accidents to assist and counsel involved police personnel and citizens with trauma of such events.

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  If you suspect criminal activity in Paradise, 
call the Paradise Police Department TipLine  

 872-6161 Extension 233

Your call can be kept confidential

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Town Hall

5555 Skyway

Paradise, CA 95969

(530) 872-6291 phone

(530) 877-5059 fax

Monday - Thursday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.