The Foothill-De Anza Police Department provides law enforcement services from 6 am to 12 midnight, seven days a week at the Foothill and De Anza campuses. Patrol operations are managed by a Sergeant, staffed with eight police officers working 10-hour shifts. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office provides police services from 12 midnight to 6 am.
Our mission is to provide safety and security by protecting the College community and its assets. This is effectively achieved through community engagement and partnerships. Through our close, professional working relationship with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office (who provides service in Cupertino and Los Altos Hills), Foothill-De Anza Police Officers are available to render aid to the Sheriff's Office for calls surrounding the Foothill and De Anza campuses.
To fulfill the responsibility of providing public safety and security for Foothill and De Anza Community Colleges, the Foothill-De Anza Police Department utilizes a multifaceted approach. The Foothill-De Anza Police Department provides high visibility patrol using vehicular, motorcycle, bicycle, and foot patrols. Our full-service Police Department balances reactive responses to criminal incidents and emergencies with a proactive focus on reducing or preventing criminal activity that may compromise public safety and security.
The Patrol Division oversees the following specialty units: Field Training Program, Crime Scene/Evidence Technicians, Motorcycle Team, and Bicycle Patrol Team.
What is the law enforcement authority of FHDA Officers?
The Foothill-De Anza Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency employing police officers whose law enforcement authority is granted under Section 830.32 of the California Penal Code. The authority of these officers extends anywhere within the State of California.
California Penal Code 830.32The following persons are peace officers whose authority extends to any place in the state for the purposes of performing their primary duty or when making an arrest pursuant to Section 836 as to any public offense with respect to which there is immediate danger to person or property, or of the escape of the perpetrator of that offense, or pursuant to Section 8597 or 8598 of the Government Code. Those peace officers may carry firearms only if authorized and under terms and conditions specified by their employing agency.
(a) Members of a Community College Police Department appointed pursuant to Section 72330 of the Education Code. The primary duty of the Police Officer is the enforcement of the law as prescribed in Section 72330 of the Education Code.
California Education Code Section 7233072330 (a) The governing board of a community college district may establish a community college police department under the supervision of a community college chief of police and, in accordance with Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 88000) of Part 51, may employ personnel as necessary to enforce the law on or near the campus of the community college and on or near other grounds or properties owned, operated, controlled, or administered by the community college or by the state acting on behalf of the community college. Each campus of a multi-campus community college district may designate a chief of police.
(b) Persons employed and compensated as members of a community college police department, when so appointed and duly sworn, are peace officers as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code.
Communications and Support Services
The Foothill-De Anza Police Department has a contract with the San Josť State University Police Department to provide 24-hour dispatch services for the District. The Communications Center at the San Josť State University Police Department is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by California POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) certified public safety dispatchers. The Communications Center manages police communications for both Foothill and De Anza Community Colleges.
The public safety dispatchers serve as the critical link between the College community and all public safety emergency and non-emergency responders. The dispatchers are committed to acquiring and disseminating pertinent information to help protect life, property, and the environment. In doing so, they strive to provide the community with the highest level of service.
Foothill-De Anza Police Department Records Unit
The Records Unit of the Foothill-De Anza Police Department is the repository and official Custodian of Records for the department.
Foothill-De Anza Police Department's Records personnel manage the daily influx of police reports and paperwork generated by police officers and police dispatchers. Reports filed at the police department become part of the Automated Records Management System (ARMS). Crime reports are filed with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for review. Our crime statistics are sent to the California Department of Justice, the FBI, and the District Chancellor's Office for inclusion in the state and federal crime statistics, along with the "Student's Right-to-Know" Clery information.
We generate approximately 500 police reports, 40 arrest cases, 600 moving/mechanical citations, and 18,000 parking citations a year.
We provide fingerprinting services utilizing the Live Scan inkless electronic fingerprinting system. Fingerprints are electronically transmitted to the California Department of Justice and FBI for completion of a criminal record check. We fingerprint approximately 1,200 applicants a year.
Police Records Supervisor: Christine Smith – 650-949-7513
Police Records Specialist: Joseph Mauss – 408-864-8749
The Records Unit is located at:
District Police - Foothill Station
Campus Center - Room 2103 (click for campus map)
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday – 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Citation sign-offs
- Live Scan fingerprinting
- Report releases
- Restraining orders
- Vehicle releases
- Record checks for federal agencies
- Law enforcement background checks
- Sex offender registration
- Lost and Found
Property and Evidence
The Records Supervisor maintains the chain of custody of all the property and evidence brought into the Police Department. One of the duties of this function is to return property and evidence to the rightful owner. This function is separate from Lost and Found.
An appointment and picture identification are necessary to pick up any property or evidence.
Live Scan Fingerprinting Services
What is Live Scan?
Live Scan is a process where the applicant's fingerprints are scanned electronically, rather than using ink and cards, and transmitted to the Department of Justice and FBI for processing.
Foothill-De Anza Police Department offers Live Scan service for both the District and members of the general public who need their fingerprints scanned, whether it be for employment, certification, or immigration.
Foothill College currently charges a $25.00 rolling fee. This fee is reduced to $20.00 for students and employees of the Foothill-De Anza College District, with proof of identification and enrollment/employment.
Additional processing fees are currently as follows:
|California Department of Justice||$32.00|
|Federal Bureau of Investigation||$17.00|
|Child Abuse Index Check||$25.00|
In order to get Live Scan, it is necessary to have all of the following:
- Live Scan request form
- Cash or check to cover the fees (credit cards are NOT accepted)
- Valid photo identification, such as a Driver's License or Identification Card, or a passport
- Applicants completing Live Scan to meet Foothill-De Anza District requirements must also provide their Social Security number for successful processing.
Our current walk-in hours are Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 10:00 pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Hours may vary for public holidays.
Hours earlier in the day vary quarter by quarter. For our most up-to-date hours, please contact us at 650-949-7925 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Live Scan facilities are located on the Foothill College Campus, in the Police Department in the lower level of the Campus Center, Room 2103.
The following are directions to locate our facilities.
- Take Highway 280 North from San Jose or 280 South from San Francisco
- Exit on El Monte Road
- Exit westbound
- Follow El Monte Road to Foothill College
- Veer right at the traffic light
- Keep in the left lane, and follow the one-way loop road that leads to the right around the campus
- Live Scan clients may park in the free 20-minute parking spaces located in the front of the Campus Center building. These parking spaces are below the footbridge bus stop. If you realize you have passed the footbridge, you can proceed around the loop and use the fountain roundabout to get back to where you need to be.
Lost and Found
The Foothill and De Anza Lost and Found is the repository for lost and found property on the Foothill and De Anza campuses.
If you find a lost item on either campus, it is your responsibility to turn the item in at the Foothill-De Anza Police Department front counter. Found items are held at the Police Department for 90 days. Found items can be retrieved from the Foothill or De Anza campus Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 11 pm (except on holidays). Prior to coming to the Police Department, you can ensure we have your item by calling either campus location.
To claim an item you must have the following:
- Valid Identification:
- Driver's license
- Student ID
- Employee ID
- Other photo ID
- Proof of Ownership (at least one below):
- Purchase receipt
- Description of item in detail
Parking on Campus
Parking permits are required 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
All persons parking a vehicle at Foothill College or De Anza College for any amount of time will receive a parking citation unless they have a current and properly displayed parking permit on the vehicle.
Quarterly or annual parking permits can be purchased by students through MyPortal. If you have any problems with this process, contact the Foothill College Admissions & Records Office at 650-949-7325 or the De Anza Admissions & Records Office at 408-864-5300. (If you are not an enrolled student, click here to purchase a parking permit from the permit vendor.)
Daily parking permits can be purchased for $3.00 from the permit vending machines located in each of the student lots. The vending machines take nickels, dimes, quarters, and one-dollar bills. All machines at both colleges now accept credit cards. There are NO change machines on campus. Please come prepared.
There are free timed parking spaces in Lot 8 and near the Campus Center at Foothill College. At De Anza College there are 30-minute timed parking spaces in Lot A1 in front of the Student Activities Building. Having a student/staff/daily parking permit does NOT extend or remove the time limit on these spaces. If the vehicle exceeds the timed limit, a parking citation will be issued. It is NOT permitted to re-park any vehicle in the timed spaces in an attempt to extend the time limit.
Parking citations issued at Foothill/De Anza are $45.00 ($325.00 for handicapped violations). Parking citations may be contested by mail. The form can be found at the Foothill-De Anza College District Police Department or online at pticket.com.
Student vs. Staff Parking
There are staff parking lots located at both colleges. Any students
found parked in a staff lot or staff parking space will be issued
a parking citation.
Staff parking spaces are marked with YELLOW paint and student spaces are marked with WHITE paint.
Parking & Traffic Violation Citations
Parking tickets and traffic violations issued at Foothill or De Anza College
by Foothill-De Anza Police are legal citations that cannot be canceled by the
To contest a parking citation, you must pick up (at Foothill Police or De Anza substation offices) and complete a Foothill/De Anza College District Parking Citation Administrative Review request form. Mail it to:
Office of Parking ViolationsAn automated system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to check the status of your parking citation or pay by calling 888-442-4088 or online at pticket.com/fhda. Customer service representatives are available on weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (except holidays) at 800-818-1832 or in person at the following address:
PO Box 11113
San Jose, CA 95103-1113
Office of Parking ViolationsTo contest or make a payment for a traffic violation, call 650-324-0373 or write to:
210 North Fourth Street, Suite 150
San Jose, CA 95112 (Do not mail documents to this address.)
Palo Alto Superior Court
270 Grant Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306-1911
What is the Bike & Property Registration Form?
The goal of the Bike & Property Registration Form is to allow students to register their personal property and store that information for future queries. This will speed the recovery of lost or stolen items if such an event should occur. This will also provide data for the Foothill-De Anza Police Department's use in tracking crime trends on the two campuses.
Click here to go to the Bike & Property Registration Form.