The members of the Martinez Police Department are dedicated to providing the highest quality police services in order to enhance community safety and quality of life, protect life and property, and to prevent and reduce crime and the fear of crime through meaningful collaborative community partnerships.
In the event of a disaster, Martinez Residents may be required to evacuate their homes in a moments notice. If you hear emergency warning sirens, check local TV and radio and/or tune into the City and PD's Facebook and/or Twitter accounts for instructions and possible evacuation information. Please do not call 911 for information.
Welcome to the Martinez Police Department’s Webpage! As the police chief I am proud to lead an organization that values community relationships and collaboration. The Martinez Police Department has a great deal of talented, creative, and thoughtful men and women that are committed to improving safety in our community.
Many of the policing issues we encounter can only be effectively mitigated or resolved through collaborative partnerships and problem solving. With over 36,000 residents, we are in a great position to work together and leverage our ability to prevent crime and improve our quality of life. While I know we have challenges ahead of us, I also know that we are fortunate to have a committed and caring community with some very dedicated policing employees. Together, I know that we can make a difference!
As we move forward, we will examine ways of working more closely with the community on solving neighborhood problems. We are also working on incorporating data analytics that will provide more information to the community on monthly crime statistics, significant activity and investigations, and crime prevention tips. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get up to date information on police activity.
Finally, we appreciate your support and value your involvement to help keep Martinez safer and more inviting for all of us to enjoy. Public safety problems change over time and require us to problem solve in different ways. We are only able to problem solve effectively based on strong relationships and community trust with those that we serve. We value our partnerships and look forward to working with you to build on this trust to continue to be effective.
Chief Manjit Sappal
Rank: Posthumously promoted to Sergeant
End of Watch - April 21, 1973
On April 21, 1973, Officer Tarantino responded to a medical assist on Highway 4, a half mile west of Alhambra Avenue. The person Officer Tarantino was attempting to aid attacked him and a struggle ensued. The suspect was able to gain control of Officer Tarantino's duty weapon and shoot him. Officer Tarantino was transported to the hospital, but later succumbed to the life threatening wounds. Officer Tarantino leaves behind a wife and two children.
End of Watch: September 6, 2008
On the morning of September 6, 2008, Sergeant Paul A. Starzyk responded to a domestic disturbance. A male suspect armed with a handgun terrorized patrons at a beauty salon and then forced his way into a second story apartment where his estranged wife’s cousin had sought refuge.
When Sergeant Starzyk and his cover officer arrived, they approached the apartment and heard women screaming and gun fire. Sergeant Starzyk knowingly and willing placed himself in harms way by confronting the suspect who was threatening the lives of five occupants of the apartment after shooting and killing his estranged wife’s cousin as Sergeant Starzyk and his partner approached. Sergeant Starzyk was immediately fired upon by the suspect and was critically wounded, but he was able to return fire and fatally wounded the suspect.
The investigation determined that Sergeant Starzyk’s decisive and heroic actions saved the lives of two women and three children who were hiding in the apartment. Sergeant Starzyk did not survive his injuries making the ultimate sacrifice to protect the five occupants of the apartment.
Sergeant Paul A. Starzyk was awarded the Medal of Valor posthumously for his extraordinary and heroic actions. The community will forever be indebted for his sacrifice.
Sergeant Starzyk leaves behind a wife and three children.
Donations to the Starzyk Family Memorial Fund, account number 57950-00, can be made at the following:
Contra Costa Federal Credit Union
1111 Pine Street P.O. Box 509
Martinez, CA 94553 (925) 228-7550