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.
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.
The jail holds the regular criminals, for simple crimes such as littering, as the Tattletale 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 is a high-security prison, located in the middle of a body of water. The only way to get there is to go to 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, and there were watchtowers, 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/walkie-talkie (Police Force)
- Anchor (police force)
- Wooden barrel (police force)
- Harpoon gun (SWAT)
The Bikini Bottom Police Department have arrested several characters in the series. Here is the list.
Bikini Bottom jurisdictions
- "Life of Crime" - Turned himself and SpongeBob in, but was released within a few seconds due to it being Free Balloon Day, thus making the "crime" they committed invalid.
- "The Smoking Peanut" - Arrested for throwing a peanut at Clamu, but pardoned when Mr. Krabs turned out to be the true criminal.
- "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler" - Turned himself in because he thought he was the Tattltale 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 three 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.
- "Call the Cops" - Originally taken himself to jail, and then arrested and kicked out of police station for helping Plankton stealing the secret formula in evidence room, but then enters again.
- The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie - Arrested for 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 but ends up getting arrested again when SpongeBob caught him.
- "Sweet and Sour Squid" - Arrested falsely for causing a "musical disturbance."
- "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.
- "Call the Cops" - Arrested for trying to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula, and also got put into jail by police because Patrick Star bailed him out and he trespassed in the evidence room.
- "The Krusty Slammer" - Arrested for vandalizing Bikini Bottom.
Mrs. Puff's arrests are mainly due to SpongeBob's recklessness, and ironically, Mrs. Puff herself is charged 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.
- "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.
- Gary has never been arrested once, although he is taken to jail in "Fiasco!" to clear up a mess.
- "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.
- Theft of Neptune's jewel of the sea.
- Embezzlement of over 75,000 bucks worth of ham sandwiches.
SpongeBob and Patrick
- Loitering (when in reality they were just playing)
- Throwing away a Krabby Patty (which hurts SpongeBob's feelings)
- Being friends with Man Ray (believed to be his accomplice)