In 1998 the City of Patterson Police Department was consolidated into the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department resulting in the formation of Patterson Police Services of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.
Currently, Patterson Police Services provides the City of Patterson, a population of 21,000, with a wide range of municipal law enforcement services including, but not limited to:
Citizen Volunteer Programs
Specialized Enforcement Teams
The Patterson City Council, through its City Manager, provides local direction and control of the department, which allows the city to enjoy the benefits and resources of the Sheriffs Department, while at the same time, allowing the city to retain, in effect, its local law enforcement autonomy.
On September 30, 2008, this agreement was extended for an additional 5-year term, expiring in June of 2013. The department is currently in negotiation with the city and is requesting to extend the current contract on a month-to-month-basis until the department can return to the board for final approval of a new contract.