Office of the Chief

Chief Collins-Official PicA Message from Chief Rick Collins

On behalf of the men and women of the Ceres Police Department, welcome to our website. We hope you find it to be helpful in fulfilling your needs. We are committed to serving the Ceres Community and partnering with its citizens to reduce crime and improve quality of life issues. I have spent a lifetime in the Ceres community and am honored to serve as your Police Chief. I am proud of the police officers and professional staff of this Department because of their dedication and service to all of the people who call Ceres their home.

Please take a look at our website and at the many services we provide. Any comments or suggestions are always welcome and can be emailed to the Chief of Police.


Richard Collins
Chief of Police

From Police Explorer to Police Chief

Chief Collins is a local graduate of Ceres High School. He joined the Ceres Police Department as an Explorer at the age of 19. In 1995, he was hired by then Chief Peterson as a Reserve Officer. In 1997 he was hired as a full-time officer where he was assigned to patrol. He was then assigned to the Detective Bureau and worked as a financial crimes and high tech crimes investigator.

Chief Collins was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2004 and was assigned to the Patrol Division. During this time he earned a BA in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and a Master’s Degree from Brandman University also in Organizational Leadership. In 2008 he was promoted to Lieutenant where he managed the department’s Special Operations units.  

In 2015 he was promoted to Captain.

In 2019 he was promoted to Chief. 

Chief Collins is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, class 235.

He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, class 268.

For many years Chief Collins devoted his time off to Ceres youth sports.  He coached youth soccer and served on the youth soccer board for three years. He also volunteered as a coach for youth baseball and is very involved in Ceres community events.

Our Identity:

We are a caring organization serving our community that employs progressive, creative members who are encouraged to grow personally and professionally.

Our Vision: 

We will set the standard for best practice police services in the Central Valley 

Our Mission:

Ceres Police Department Mission:  We are committed to partnering with the community to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for our citizens.  

Our Core Values:

Pride - Conveying a sense of positive identity to ourselves, to our organization, and to the community.  

Integrity - Doing the right (ethical) thing, even when no one is watching, or when it is not easy.

Excellence (commitment to) - High personal and professional standards and work ethic; dependable; committed to seeing the job through.

Chief's Annual Reports:

2015 Annual Report Opens in new window

2016 Annual Report Opens in new window2017 Annual Report Opens in new window

2018 Annual Report Opens in new window

2019 Annual Report Opens in new window

2020 Annual Report Front Cover Opens in new window