The City of Atascadero is a beautiful central coast community located in San Luis Obispo County. We have a population of approximately 29,000 residing in an area just under 27 square miles. Our community is a great place to live, work and raise a family! We are situated along Highway 101, halfway between the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and San Francisco. The community is located in the Paso Robles wine region and a short 20 minute drive to the beach and picturesque Highway 1. We are within a three hour drive to Yosemite National Park and two hours to Monterey or Carmel. For those that enjoy the outdoors, we are close to four local lakes, a national forest and endless hiking and biking trails.
The Atascadero Police Department consists of 29 sworn and 13 civilian employees. Our management team is committed to supporting, mentoring and developing our officers. We embrace the value of fostering and maintaining positive relationships both externally and within our organization. We believe patrol is the backbone of our organization. The patrol division works a 3/12 schedule and work in teams consisting of a Sergeant, a Corporal and two Officers. Our Patrol Officers are supported with two motor officers, two K-9 officers and the Detective Unit. Our Detective Unit consists of general investigators and a two-officer Special Enforcement Team (street and investigative enforcement related to drugs and gangs). APD partners with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department and provides six tactical operators to their Special Enforcement Detail (SWAT).