Community Impact

Our Mission

Creating a safe community for all

The Palo Alto Police Officer Association is committed to creating a safe community for all people by supporting our officers, advocating for law enforcement, and providing resources to our members so that they can serve the public with excellence and integrity. We strive to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct, treat all people with respect, and continue to promote a culture of accountability and transparency. Together, we are dedicated to making Palo Alto a safe and secure place to live, work, and play.

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Torch Run

Our charities

Volunteering and giving back

The Palo Alto POA is proud to be involved with the Special Olympics Torch Run, Tip a Cop, and Polar Bear Plunge, among other charitable organizations and endeavors.


Project WeHOPE

WeHOPE's mission is to help people become healthy, employed and housed using innovative solutions.

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Youth Sports

The Palo Alto POA proudly supports the youth in our community through youth soccer and baseball programs.


The Palo Alto Police Association also hosts a Tip-A-Cop charity event. Officers serve as celebrity waiters at restaurants, and they donate all the tips they receive to Special Olympics. Tip-A-Cop has been a favorite way for officers to raise money, and the public loves to have the officers wait on them hand and foot. Tip-A-Cop events are one of the main fundraisers for the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, which is one of the largest fundraising arms of Special Olympics. All tips are tax-deductible and support sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.