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Cal Expo Police Department

Cal Expo is the only exposition in the nation with a full-time, year-round police department. The Cal Expo Police Department acts under the same authority as any other police department in the State and its sworn personnel have statewide peace officer powers as specified in section 830.2(i) of the California Penal Code.

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.


The Cal Expo Police Department is staffed by more than 330 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
  • Explosives
  • Gang Suppression/Probation
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Site Security
  • Crowd Control

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 Exposition & State Fair police officers at the California State Fair.  Walk-Alongs serve as community liaisons helping to solidify the relationship between law enforcement and the public. For more information, click here!