The Bikini Bottom Police Department (BBPD) is the main law enforcement entity in Bikini Bottom. This includes officers, wardens, prison guards, SWAT Team, and riot guards. Their headquarters is the Police Station. It first appears in the episode "Hall Monitor."


The Bikini Bottom Police Department has established multiple locations to base their operations, as well as places to contain offenders of the law. However, in many cases, it is unreasonably stricter than in real life.

Police Headquarters

The station is where the cops stay and receive calls for crimes, which is seen in "Life of Crime." They have a dispatcher unit somewhere in a different building in Bikini Bottom as well.

Bikini Bottom Jail

The jail holds the regular criminals, for simple crimes such as littering, as the The Tattle-Tale Strangler had to stay for littering outside of the Krusty Krab. It holds major criminals as well, such as Plankton for trying to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula, in which he has a pad-locked cell, which he easily breaks out of, as seen in "Krabby Road."

Inferno Island

Inferno Island is a high-security prison, located in the middle of a body of water. The only way to get to it is to go there from the dock-yard, on a metal boat, to make sure there are no possible ways for prisoners to escape and swim to shore. The island is very harsh and the prisoners must sleep on hard beds with flat pillows.

Inferno Island is much like Alcatraz Island, a prison island from the early-to-mid 1900s that was strangely abandoned. Alcatraz was near land, had jagged rocks around it, and prisoners were transported to it by boat. The beds were hard, there were watch towers, much like Inferno Island.


Units, teams, and divisions


The Bikini Bottom Police Department is usually armed with one of the following weapons:

  • Electric conch shell at the End of a bamboo pole (HAZMAT Unit)
  • Baton (police force)
  • Police radio/walky-talky (Police Force)
  • Anchor (police force)
  • Wooden barrel (police force)
  • Harpoon gun (SWAT)



Prison/security guards

Special units



The Bikini Bottom Police Department have arrested several characters in the series. Here is the list.

Bikini Bottom Jurisdictions

SpongeBob SquarePants

  • "Life of Crime"- Turned himself and Patrick in, but was released within a few seconds due to it being National Free Balloon Day, thus making the "crime" they committed invalid.
  • "Doing Time" - Arrested in one of Mrs. Puff's dream sequences.
  • "Party Pooper Pants" - Arrested apparently because he didn't invite the police to his party and spent a night behind bars in a bunny outfit. The initial reason was for attempting to break into his own house.
  • "Driven to Tears" - Turned himself in to save Patrick from being arrested for a crime he didn't commit.
  • "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful" - Given a ticket for littering (by building a statue made out of garbage) at the end of the episode, along with Squidward.
  • "SpongeBob's Last Stand" - Arrested for using a sitar without license (actually resisting the highway project).
  • "Fiasco!" - Taken to jail, just not locked away.

Patrick Star

Squidward Tentacles

Eugene H. Krabs

Sheldon J. Plankton

  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie - Taken to the jail for taking enslaving the Bikini Bottomites and turning the town into Planktopolis.
  • "Goo Goo Gas" - Arrested for turning Mr. Krabs into a baby.
  • "Krabby Road" - Arrested for trying to steal the Krabby Patty Secret formula, then for breaking out of jail to steal it again.
  • "Sweet and Sour Squid" - Arrested when the police see him running around with Squidward's clarinet and assume he was the one causing the "musical disturbance" that many Bikini Bottom citizens have complained about when it was actually Squidward. When he was put in the police boat, he exclaimed "Karen!!! Help!!!". Strangley, the policeman tilted Plankton's head forward and said "Watch your head" when Plankton had plenty of room fitting in the car due to his small stature.
  • "Fiasco!" - Arrested for stealing a piece of famous artwork.
  • "Jailbreak!" - Originally arrested for an unknown reason and, at the end, was arrested for escaping prison/trying to steal the formula.

Mrs. Puff

Mrs. Puff's arrests was mainly due to SpongeBob's recklessness, and ironically, it was Mrs. Puff herself to be responsible for that.

  • "Hall Monitor" - Arrested because of the destruction of Bikini Bottom, as she said SpongeBob was her responsibility.
  • "No Free Rides" - Arrested for stealing SpongeBob's new boat, speeding, crashing into a police boat, and resisting arrest.
  • "Doing Time" - Arrested for SpongeBob's destruction.
  • "Ditchin'" - Arrested for ditching jury duty. It is more likely that she was thrown into jail rather than paying bail amount.
  • "Summer Job" - Arrested for littering.
  • "Oral Report" - Arrested due to the fact her student, SpongeBob, was out of control and was under her responsibility.
  • "Patrick-Man!" - Arrested for attempting to steal a boat. This is false because Patrick Man thought she was trying to steal the boat (when she was actually trying to help the man get out of the boat) but she was charged with a felony anyway.
  • "Bumper to Bumper" - Arrested for crossing the county line, thus violating her parole.

Sandy Cheeks

Gary the Snail

  • Gary has never been arrested once, although he is taken to jail in "Fiasco!" to clear up a mess.

Squilliam Fancyson

Tattletale Strangler

  • "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" - Arrested for littering and eluding police officer, but he escaped. He later resorts to turning himself in to steer clear of SpongeBob's annoyance.

Bikini Bottomite Community

  • Numerous minor reasons

Other jurisdictions

Jewel Triplets Gang

  • Theft of Neptune's jewel of the sea

Orin J. Ruffy

  • Embezzlement of over 75,000 bucks worth of ham sandwiches.

Spongebob and Patrick

Shelly Fishbowl and Tyler

  • Loitering (when in reality they were just playing)

Bikini Bottom Prison Guard

  • Throwing away a Krabby Patty (which hurts Spongebob's feelings)

Frankie Billy

  • Chewing gum too loudly

Ivy (gray)

  • His shoes were untied


  • Being too old

Man Ray

  • Being a retired villain


  • Being friends with Man Ray (believed to be his accomplice)