Police Services

Foothill-De Anza Police

The Foothill-De Anza Police Department's main office is located at:

Foothill College Campus Center, Room 2103
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
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The De Anza substation is located at:
De Anza College Campus Center, Lower Level, Room HCC175
21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 95014
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Requests for services may be made at either location from 6 am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week. All crimes and accidents occurring within the Foothill-De Anza Community College jurisdiction should be reported immediately to ensure that appropriate action is taken. If someone's behavior or the situation is disturbing, threatening, or out of the ordinary, call the Foothill-De Anza Police Department who will respond and assess the situation. Crimes, accidents, or suspicious activity occurring outside the Foothill-De Anza Police jurisdiction should be reported immediately to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction.

Reporting a Crime

Emergencies or Crimes in Progress

To report crimes in progress, or other police, fire, or medical emergencies on campus, dial 9-1-1 from any campus phone, or 408-924-8000 from your cell phone.

Emergencies can also be reported by using one of the "Blue Light" emergency telephones located throughout the campus and parking areas on both campuses. Even if you are unable to speak, the dispatcher can locate the phone from which you are calling and a police officer will be dispatched to your location.


For NON-EMERGENCY calls for assistance, call the Foothill-De Anza Police Department at 650-949-7313.

Cell Phone Users

Cell phone users may request emergency and non-emergency assistance by dialing 408-924-8000. Dialing 9-1-1 from a cell phone may be received by the California Highway Patrol or another local law enforcement agency and result in a longer response time for assistance.

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Citizen Complaints

To comply with California Penal Code Section 832.5, the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District Police Department has established a procedure to investigate complaints by members of the public against personnel of the department (PC 832.5 (a)(1)).

The following is an outline of the complaint process. The actual procedure is detailed and lengthy, to ensure accuracy and impartiality;

  • Citizen's complaints will be referred to the on-duty supervisor of the involved employee (other circumstances may apply).
  • Citizen complaints shall be accepted from any adult, over the age of 18 (under 18 with an adult present), in-person, over the phone or via mail. Anonymous complaints may not be investigated unless certain criteria are met.
  • If the complaint is based on lack of information or understanding on the citizen's part and the situation can be resolved without any further action requested by the citizen, an investigation will not be required.
  • Any person filing a "formal" citizen's complaint must sign the PC 148.6 advisement. A formal written statement by the complaining party should be included.
  • The accepting supervisor will complete an initial report and investigate the situation as applicable.
  • The officer assigned to investigate the complaint will recommend one of the following dispositions upon completion of the investigation; A) Exonerated, B) Sustained, C) Unfounded, D) Not Sustained, E) No Finding.
  • Upon final determination of a citizen complaint, the Chief of Police will notify the citizen(s) from whom the complaint originated. This notification will be by US Mail.

You can download the Citizen Complaint Form here.

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Questions and Answers

What Happens if a Police Officer Stops Your Vehicle?

"Why did you stop me?" is the first question an officer usually hears.

Moving violations are the most common reasons a vehicle is stopped. Some examples include speeding offenses, failure to stop at a red light or a stop sign, failure to use a turn signal, or not having a child properly restrained.

Registration or equipment violations are other reasons an officer may stop a vehicle. It is not unusual for a driver to be in violation of a law without knowing it. This is why police officers may sometimes issue "courtesy warnings."

Criminal investigations often involve searching for a getaway car. In today's mobile society, criminals often use cars or trucks to facilitate their crime. Your vehicle may match the description of a suspect's vehicle.

Courtesy or safety concerns are another reason an officer might stop your vehicle. For instance, your trunk may be open, or something may be hanging from under your vehicle.

Some Rules of the Road

Carry Proper Identification

When driving a motor vehicle, you must have in your possession:

  1. your valid driver's license
  2. proof of vehicle registration
  3. proof of current insurance for the vehicle

If you are stopped and you do not have all of these items with you, a citation may be issued.

It is the driver's (not the owner's) responsibility to be sure that the vehicle being driven is insured and that the proper documents are in the vehicle.

It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that the person driving his or her vehicle possesses a valid driver's license.

Monitor Your Occupants

As the driver, you are responsible for the conduct of all the occupants of the vehicle. This covers such things as passengers throwing trash out a window, acting in a disorderly manner, or drinking alcohol.

As the driver, it is your responsibility to ensure that all passengers are wearing their seatbelts and that children are properly secured. If a police officer stops your vehicle, don't remove your seatbelt.

Signal Your Intentions

You must signal your intent to turn, or change lanes, 100 feet before performing the action. This means that you must signal for approximately six car lengths prior to turning.

Keep the Lines of Communication Open

Five steps to follow if you are stopped:

  1. Pull your vehicle to the right as far out of the lane of traffic as possible. Make sure you turn your flashers on, and motion to the officer you are going to comply.
  2. Stay in your vehicle, and turn on the interior light. Good lighting assists good communication. Relax and remain in your vehicle. If you leave your vehicle, you subject yourself and the officer to the danger of traffic.
  3. Keep your hands in view, preferably on the steering wheel. Wait for the officer to request your license, registration, and proof of insurance.
  4. Police officers are trained to ask for identification first, and provide an explanation second. First, provide the documentation. Then give the officer a chance to explain the reason you were stopped. Providing your documentation will simplify and speed the process.
    Remember, most often the officer is in uniform with a nametag displayed. You have the advantage of knowing with whom you are dealing. Extend the courtesy by providing the requested identification without argument.
  5. If you do not agree with the citation, or the officer's demeanor at the scene, all citizens have the right to question their citation before a judge. Every police department has an internal affairs system in place to investigate citizen complaints.

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Campus Drug and Alcohol Use Policy

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of any illicit drug or alcohol by students on district property, at district activities or events is prohibited.

The use of drugs and alcohol may pose significant health risks. Health Services at Foothill College and the Health Office at De Anza College offer additional information on the risks associated with the use of drugs and alcohol. You can also receive referral information for drug or alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation programs from both health offices. For more information, call Foothill at 650-949-7243, or De Anza at 408-864-8732.

Employees and students may be suspended or expelled for the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol. Appropriate disciplinary action may also include requiring the completion of a rehabilitation program. The standards of conduct for students and the applicable sanctions for violating the standards are published in the Foothill Student Handbook, De Anza Student Handbook, and Board Policy #4500.

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No Smoking Policy

In order to provide a safe learning and working environment for students and employees, smoking is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor campus locations, with the exception of designated smoking areas. Smoking is prohibited in district vehicles. The District No-Smoking Policy can be found here and the associated Administrative Procedure can be found here.

" No Smoking" signs are conspicuously posted at building entrances and in employee lounges, restrooms, locker rooms, dressing areas, cafeterias, lunchrooms, stadium and sports facilities. In addition, designated areas for smoking will be clearly marked. Citations may be issued to violators of the No-Smoking Policy. Fines are $25 for first offense, $50 for second offense and $75 for third or subsequent violations.

This policy relies on the consideration and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. It is the responsibility of all members of the district to observe and follow the guidelines. This policy shall be communicated to all employees annually and published in the colleges' Schedule of Classes, handbooks, websites, and other appropriate locations. The Foothill College Health Services Office provides a variety of smoking cessation aids. To learn more about these services, visit the Health Center in Room 5941 or call 650-949-7243.

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Reporting Sexual Assault On or Off Campus

The Foothill-De Anza Police Department will investigate allegations of sexual assault and take appropriate disciplinary, criminal, or legal action for any crimes that occur within its jurisdiction.

If the crime occurred at an off-campus location, but the victim reports the assault to the Foothill-De Anza Police Department, Police Officers will respond to the victim's location, if the victim is on-campus or at a nearby location. The Foothill-De Anza Police Officers will also contact the appropriate law enforcement agency to respond to the scene and request emergency medical services to respond if required.

Sexual Assault Information

  • "No" means "no"! No matter how badly you want to have sex, it is rape without your partner's consent.
  • Be aware of the dangers of date rape drugs (e.g. GHB, Rohypnol), and make sure your drink is safe. If someone buys you a drink, accompany them and watch the bartender make your drink. If you leave your drink when you leave to use the restroom, order a new one when you come back.
  • Rape is a crime of violence and domination, not sexual desire.
  • It is important to build a relationship based on equality. Communicate your expectations clearly. Both men and women should work together and respect each other's right to initiate and set limits.
  • Reject stereotypes that teach men to regard women as sex objects, or that masculinity is based on dominance and aggression.
  • Reject the stereotype that portrays women as passive and powerless.
  • Learn to deal with peer pressure. Sex is often encouraged or expected by peers in order to gain acceptance. Think about the consequences before you make such a serious decision.
  • If you have sex with an individual who is incapacitated or unable to resist or consent (due to alcohol, drugs, or unconsciousness), you are committing a sexual assault.
  • Alcohol is a common factor in acquaintance/"date" rapes. This is true not only of the victim but often the offender as well. Remember that if you use alcohol or drugs, you are still responsible for your actions – alcohol intoxication is NOT an excuse for rape.

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