Chief Ornelas' Message

On behalf of the men and women of the Westminster Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our website. We hope that you enjoy your visit here as it will provide you with improved access to many of the services we offer and a better understanding of the Westminster Police Department. It should serve at least three purposes: to provide a resource for anyone interested in information about our Department, to provide an additional avenue of interaction with the community, and to serve as a recruiting tool for the Department in our quest to locate and hire the highest quality employees.
 The Westminster Police Department is committed to building relationships with community members while providing the highest level of service to keep our citizens safe. As Chief of Police, I will continue to provide and share our on-going efforts with the community in order to maintain and build public trust.
Community policing is at the heart of our organization and is heavily emphasized at every level. Our community partnerships are established through the daily efforts of our officers and support staff to maintain the confidence of those we serve. Our top priorities are to foster relationships through dignity and respect, to prevent crime and to solve neighborhood problems.

In addition to the hard work and diligence of our first-responders, our greatest asset in the battle against crime is the watchful citizens who pay close attention to the happenings in their neighborhoods.  Having concerned and attentive community members who report suspicious activity to our Department provides us with the best opportunity to keep our city safe.

You can see a more personal side of the Department and learn more about us by visiting our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page. Please be sure to “like” or “follow” us to interact with the Department and receive the latest information.
Thanks for joining us here and welcome to the Westminster Police Department.

Ralph G. Ornelas
Chief of Police