City of Bishop, California



October 28, 2020
It is with some sadness that the City announces the unexpected retirement of
its police Chief Ted Stec. The City has been informed of the Chief’s intent to
enter retirement in the weeks immediately ahead. The Chief has served our
community and its leaders faithfully for over five years bringing stability,
strong leadership, and tremendous integrity to our outstanding Police

He and his wife Dawn are a terrific team and will be sorely missed.
Chief Stec and the City Council will work together to ensure effective
leadership of the Police Department both on a transitional and permanent
basis, the recruitment for which will begin immediately. Our heartfelt thanks
and best wishes for Ted and Dawn as they embark on this next phase of their
Ron Phillips
City Administrator
 (Police Chief Ted Stec)


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Welcome to the Bishop Police Department!

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The City of Bishop, California, has a population of about 4,000 but with an average daily service population exceeding 25,000. Over one million vehicles travel through Bishop each month.

Bishop is situated in the great Owens Valley and at the base of two large mountain ranges. To the west is the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and to the east are the White Mountains, each range having peaks soaring over 14,000 feet and oftentimes maintaining snow all year long.

State Highway 395 bisects Bishop. Roughly 40 minutes northbound is the town of Mammoth Lakes and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.  Continuing an additional two or so hours north is Reno, NV.   Alternatively, heading southbound from Bishop for about two hours, travelers can begin anticipating entry into the Death Valley National Park. Bypassing this fascinating area, travelers can head toward Las Vegas, NV, or Southern California reaching either area in less than five hours.

The Bishop Police Department traces its roots back to 1903, shortly after the city incorporated. The Police Department currently employs 12 fully sworn Police Officers, 2 level I Reserve Officers, 3 level II Reserve Officers, 1 civilian Support Services Manager, 5 dispatchers, 1 Evidence Tech/PIO, 5 crossing guards, and 1 front office clerk.

The Bishop Police Department staff works in partnership with the community to protect lives, property, and the quality of life. Success is realized by the continued low crime rate and approval of the community at large.

Please see the Chief’s Message for additional information.