Cal Expo Police Department
The mission of the California Exposition & State Fair Police is to: provide for the safety and security of visitors, employees, and stakeholders; keep order and preserve the peace; and support the economic well-being of the California Exposition & State Fair.
Cal Expo is the only fairgrounds in the nation with a full-time, year-round police department. The Cal Expo Police Department acts under the same authority as all other police departments in the State of California and its sworn personnel have statewide peace officer powers as specified in section 830.2(i) of the California Penal Code.
The Cal Expo Police Department is staffed by several hundred peace officers and security guards and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The peace officers hail from 33 different law enforcement agencies throughout California and bring an accomplished and diversified set of skills to the department, including:
– Bicycle, Mounted, Motorcycle, and Foot Patrol
– Gang Suppression/Probation
– Criminal Investigations
– Site Security
– Crowd Control
Entering the Grounds
All handbags, backpacks, and bags are subject to search. Guests are welcome to bring outside food and drink into the Fair. Ice chests will be searched at the entrances. No glass, aluminum cans, or outside alcohol are allowed. Paper and plastic containers of non-alcoholic beverages are allowed.
No firearm, explosives or sharp objects are allowed on Cal Expo grounds. No sales of firearms may be conducted on Cal Expo property unless processed through a licensed firearms dealer. To view the code of conduct, click here.
Drones are prohibited on Cal Expo grounds. View the Drone Policy here.
Guests entering Cal Expo grant unrestricted rights to use their likeness in any broadcast, photograph, transmission, or reproduction in connection with the event.
No sale or consumption of cannabis is allowed on the State Fairgrounds during the California State Fair. View the Cannabis Policy here.
California State Fair Walk-Along Program
The California State Fair Walk-Along program is an opportunity for community members to work hand-in-hand with the California Expo police officers to help keep the State Fair safe. This unique partnership supports and reinforces Cal Expo’s zero tolerance policy regarding negative behavior. For more information, click here.