Regulatory Unit

The Regulatory Unit of the Richmond Police Department is the enforcement and compliance unit within our Department’s Administrative Division.  The goal of the Regulatory Unit is to promote and maintain a safe living and working environment in Richmond.  To accomplish this, the Unit enforces all state laws and city ordinances regarding alcohol sales and use, tobacco sales and use, the smoking ordinance, false alarms, and taxi registration.  It is also responsible for the enforcement and compliance assurance of the permitted Medical Marijuana Collectives.

The Regulatory Unit is committed to helping maintain and improve the quality of life within the community by administering a fair and unbiased regulatory compliance program. 
The Regulatory Unit is comprised of one Code Enforcement Agent, two Officers and a Sergeant.  Regulatory Unit staff can be contacted for questions, neighborhood problems caused by the underlying issues listed above, or to pass along information regarding problematic vendors.

Please refer to the Medical Marijuana Collectives page for information regarding the City of Richmond Medical Marijuana Collectives.

Contact Information

Regulatory Unit


Regulatory Unit Supervisor

Sergeant N. Abetkov
Monday - Thursday
6:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Regulatory Unit Officers

Detective M. Shanks
Monday - Thursday
6:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Regulatory Unit Code Enforcement Agent

A. Ragland
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Alarm Ordinance RMC 7.96
On February 20, 2015, the City of Richmond adopted an alarm ordinance requiring homeowners and businesses to register their security alarm systems with the Richmond Police Department Regulatory Unit.

For detailed information on how to register your alarm system, visit Alarm Ordinance RMC 7.96

To register your home or business alarm system, fill out the Alarm Registration Form and return the form via mail or in-person to:

Richmond Police Department
c/o Regulatory Unit
1701 Regatta Blvd
Richmond, CA 94804