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.


Officer Nancy with Officer John


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 of 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 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 1900's 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.


  • Patrol Boats
  • Police Interceptor ("The Smoking Peanut")
  • Helicopters
  • S.W.A.T. Team Deploying Trucks
  • Loading Trucks (Prison Guards)
  • K9 Unit Dispatch Vehicle
  • Prison Trucks (Prisoners only)
  • Sanitation Police Boats
  • SWAT Deploying Helicopters ("The Thing")
  • Prison Boats
  • SWAT Battering Ram Helicopter ("Fungus Among Us")

Units, Teams, and Divisions


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

Officer John armed with an Anchor

  • 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 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.
  • "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 (possibly making them believe his party was illegal), and spent a night in a police office. 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

  • "Life of Crime" - Turned himself and SpongeBob in, but was released within a few seconds.
  • "The Smoking Peanut" - Arrested for throwing a peanut at Clamu, but most likely pardoned when Mr. Krabs turned out to be the true criminal.
  • "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" - Turned himself in because he thought he was the Tattle-tale Strangler.
  • "Driven to Tears" - Sentenced to 90 days in jail for littering. But was pardoned when SpongeBob admitted he was the litterbug, and he was sentenced instead. He was ticketed for running 3 red lights.
  • "Good Ol' Whatshisname" - Arrested for an unknown reason, because he appeared in Squidward's cell.
  • "SpongeBob's Last Stand" - Arrested along with SpongeBob (for actually resisting the highway project).
  • "Restraining SpongeBob" - Not seen but was thrown in jail for violating a restraining order.
  • "Fiasco!" - Taken to jail, just not locked away.
  • "The Executive Treatment" - Arrested when he exchanged a person.

Squidward Q. Tentacles

  • "Bossy Boots" - Given a ticket for stripping himself naked in public.
  • "Squid on Strike" - Given a ticket for littering, because he threw his hat on the ground.
  • "Good Ol' Whatshisname" - Arrested for stealing a wallet and resisting arrest, as well as sprinting through a stop sign to escape with the wallet. He wasn't pulled over for committing an actual traffic violation until Boating Buddies.
  • "Boating Buddies" - Given a ticket for running a stop sign.
  • "Professor Squidward" - Arrested for impersonating Squilliam Fancyson.
  • "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful" - Cited for littering (while it was clearly another citizen who did it) and ended up with a total of eight tickets.
  • "Fiasco!" - For an unknown reason.
  • "Squid Defense" - Arrested for beating up a fish who was only returning his groceries to him.
  • "Patrick! The Game" - Arrested for destruction of private property.

Eugene H. Krabs

  • "The Smoking Peanut" - Arrested for stealing Clamu's egg.
  • "The Krusty Sponge" - Arrested for selling Spongey Patties (rotten Krabby Patties), which poisoned all of his customers at The Krusty Sponge.
  • "Patty Caper" - Arrested for, ironically, stealing the secret ingredient to the secret formula. (to avoid paying).
  • "Growth Spout" - Cited for attempting to steal Mrs. Puff's peanut worms from her garden thinking they were peanuts he was going to take to his overly hungry daughter Pearl (she was having, hence the title, a "growth spout"), but he was never seen being arrested.
  • "The Wreck of the Mauna Loa" - Arrested for posing a danger to public safety by nearly killing everyone with the unsafe amusement park ride.

Sheldon J. Plankton

  • "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" - Taken to the jail for taking over Bikini Bottom.
  • "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 saw him running around with Squidward's clairinet and assumed he was the one causing the "Musical disturbance" that many Bikini Bottom citizens have complained about when it was 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 attempted for stealing 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 had not been arrested once although he was taken to jail in "Fiasco!" to clear up a mess.

Squilliam Fancyson

Tattle-tale Strangler

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

  • Loirtering (when in reality they were just playing)

Bikini Bottom Prison Guard

  • Trowing away a krabby patty (which hurt Spongebob's feelings)

Frankie Billy

  • Chewing gum to loudly

Ivy (gray)

  • His shoes were untied


  • Being to old

Man Ray

  • Being a retired villain


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

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