Current Press Releases

Press Release

March 13, 2017

Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Grant

In July, 2016, the Downey Police Department entered into a grant contract funded by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).  Over the past several months, the Downey Police Department has worked closely with ABC to offer public education training for business owners and their respective employees, in addition to conducting several alcohol related enforcement operations.


On March 11, 2017, the Downey Police Department, along with Officers from approximately 80 Police and Sheriff’s Departments throughout the state, participated in a statewide “Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation.”  Under the “Shoulder Tap” program, a minor, under the direct supervision of a peace officer, will stand outside a liquor store or convenience store and ask customers who enter the establishment to purchase alcohol for them.  The minor indicates they are under 21-years-old and cannot purchase alcohol.  If the adult agrees to purchase alcohol and does such, they receive a citation for furnishing alcohol to a minor. 

During the operation, Officers from the Downey Police Department issued 4 citations for adults furnishing alcohol to a minor and one citation for a subject drinking alcohol in public.  Collectively, the statewide operation totals from the 80 agencies who participated resulted in 447 individuals being cited.  Of these, 366 people were cited for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors and 81 people were cited or taken into custody for various crimes such as drug possession, public drunkenness, possession of open alcoholic container, minor in possession of alcohol and there was even an arrest for armed robbery.  The operation was an effort to build safer and stronger communities by holding individuals accountable for illegal activity that creates harm. Statistics show that over 4,000 young people die from alcohol related tragedies every year.

The Downey Police Department is committed to addressing alcohol related issues affecting the quality of life in our community.  We encourage citizens with information about patrons and/or establishments selling alcohol to minors to call the Downey Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team at (562) 904-2353 or, for immediate response, the main police line at (562) 861-0771.           

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March 13, 2017

The Downey Police Department Plans to ‘Take-Back’ Unused and Unwanted Prescription Drugs on Saturday, April 29th, 2017

The Downey Police Department and community volunteers will be collecting unused, unwanted or out-of-date prescription medications during its semi-annual “Drug Take Back” event. This event offers community members an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous drugs and minimize the potential for misuse and abuse.

The collection event will take place on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the west parking lot of the Downey Police Department, located at 10911 Brookshire Ave. The event will be held rain or shine.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to drop their prescription medications off into collection boxes provided by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A). Over-the-counter medications can also be discarded. Liquids will only be accepted in fully sealed, unopened plastic containers. Needles, sharps and glass containers will not be accepted.

The event is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Division of the D.E.A.

Questions or comments may be directed to Jennifer Burkhardt at (562) 904-2374 or jpreda@downeyca.org

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Press Release

March 9, 2017

Department of Fish and Wildlife Joined Downey Neighborhood Watch at Block Captain Meeting

The Downey Police Department Neighborhood Watch Program hosted its 5th Annual Block Captain Meeting on Wednesday March 8th, at the Barbara J. Riley Center. Lieutenant Kent Smirl and Dave Dodge from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife were in attendance as guest speakers presenting on the appropriate response of humans to the encroachment of wildlife in our city, specifically in response to concerns with coyotes in the community. 

During the presentation residents were provided with information on how to identify coyotes and tips on how to protect/prevent them from encroaching into residential areas.  Some of the tips provided are as follows:

How to Identify a Coyote
-Coyotes have a narrow and pointed face and a small nose pad
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Coyote ears are naturally taller and more pointed in comparison to canines         
-Coyote coats are gray or reddish brown, often grizzled with a whitish chest or belly
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Coyotes walk with their head and tails down in comparison to canines who generally have their heads and tails up while walking

How to Protect/Prevent Coyotes from Entering Residential Areas
-Never Leave Pet Food Outside: You may be inadvertently feeding coyotes by leaving pet food or food waste where coyotes can gain access to it. Feed animals inside and lock trash bin lids
-Protect Children: Never leave small children unattended in areas known to be frequented by coyotes
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Protect Pets: Keep small pets indoors. Large animals should be brought in after dark.
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Use Negative Reinforcement: If you see coyotes in a residential area, make loud noises to scare them off
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Clear Brush and Dense Weeds: This will reduce the protective cover coyotes may seek when looking for shelter

“As Mayor, I’m always concerned about safety, and I commend our Police Department for taking such a proactive approach to the coyote situation. I urge all of our neighborhood watch block captains to become involved and help spread the word about protecting our neighborhoods,” stated Mayor Fernando Vasquez

Mayor Pro Tem Ashton stated, “Living next to wildlife corridors such as the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel Rivers, we know we will have frequent human-wildlife encounters, and I want to strongly encourage our residents to be proactive about keeping their children and pets safe, and using the negative reinforcement measures suggested by Fish & Game to scare away coyotes.”

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Press Release

February 13, 2017

Neighborhood Watch Program to Host Annual Block Captain Meeting

The Downey Police Department Neighborhood Watch Program is hosting its 5th Annual Neighborhood Watch Block Captain Meeting on Wednesday, March 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Barbara J. Riley Center, located at 7810 Quill Drive, Downey, CA 90242. 

Downey Police Detective Ron Gee, will be conducting a presentation on Cyber Safety and Common Internet Scams for all Neighborhood Watch Block Watch Captains and residents.

Following the presentation Block Captains will have an opportunity to discuss specific concerns related to their neighborhoods.

To R.S.V.P and to obtain more information, please contact Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Jennifer Burkhardt at (562) 904-2374 or email at jpreda@downeyca.org

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Press Release

January 30, 2017

Ongoing Shooting Investigation

The Downey Police Department is currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the 7800 block of Borson Street, Downey. At about 1:00 a.m. this morning, an off-duty L.A.P.D. officer confronted two burglary suspects at his residence. During the encounter, the officer was assaulted and discharged his weapon. Both suspects sustained gunshot wounds and were transported to local hospitals for treatment. The officer was also treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are currently under investigation by investigators from the Downey Police Department. As is protocol with any officer involved shooting in Los Angeles County, the District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an investigation.

Press inquiries may be directed to Sergeant Leigh Lacy at (562) 904-2340.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Ron Gee (562) 904-2331.

To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website.

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Press Release

January 24, 2017

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

The Downey Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on January 27, 2017, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.  

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.  

In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Over the course of the past three years Downey PD officers have investigated 461 DUI collisions which have claimed 2 lives and resulted in another 119 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to The Downey Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

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Press Release

January 12, 2017

The Downey Police Department is hosting Coffee with a Cop on January 25, 2017

On Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, officers from the Downey Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. on January 25, 2017 at the Starbucks located at, 8801 Lakewood Boulevard.  Please contact Lieutenant Alex Irizabal with questions: (562) 904-2369,
airizabal@downeyca.org.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Downey’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Carl Charles. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships. There has never been a more important time for Coffee with a Cop than right now. This program will bring our community together and make us stronger.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

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Press Release

December 26, 2016

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

The Downey Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on December 30, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.  

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.  

In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Over the course of the past three years Downey PD officers have investigated 461 DUI collisions which have claimed 2 lives and resulted in another 119 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to The Downey Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

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Press Release

December 19, 2016

This Holiday Season, the Downey Police Department Is Looking For Drunk Drivers

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

This holiday season, The Downey police will be out looking for drunk & drugged drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization.

“Beginning December 16 and continuing into the New Year, you will see stepped up enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Chief Carl Charles. “We want to keep our roads safe for holiday travelers, so we will have zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving.”

As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, police, sheriff and the CHP will be deploying DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols during the upcoming 17-day DUI crackdown throughout the region. Downey PD is conducting DUI Checkpoints and roving patrols throughout the month of December and January.

Drugs such as prescription medication, marijuana or illicit drugs can impair judgment and get you the same DUI arrest as alcohol.  Nationally in 2014, 32,675 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes with 9,967 people killed in crashes involving an impaired driver.  In California, total highway deaths were reported at 3,126 with 1,155 lives lost in alcohol and/or drug impaired collisions.  If you’re caught driving impaired by alcohol or drugs, you could face jail time, fines, loss of driver’s license, towing fees, and other DUI expenses, totaling $10,000 on average.

“Driving under the influence is not only costly, but can ruin the holidays for you, your family or for someone else’s family,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “Make the decision to drive sober or use our DDVIP app to help you find a safe ride home for yourself or your friends if you know they’ve been drinking.”

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

For more information on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign and all OTS efforts, visit www.ots.ca.gov. To learn more about the DDVIP app, please visit the OTS Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS or follow OTS on Twitter @OTS_CA.

The Downey Police Department wants everyone to have a safe and memorable holiday season, and is calling on everyone to be alert; ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911!

Funding for this holiday enforcement campaign is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Press Release

December 1, 2016

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

The Downey Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on December 2, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.  

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.  

In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Over the course of the past three years Downey PD officers have investigated 461 DUI collisions which have claimed 2 lives and resulted in another 119 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to The Downey Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.  

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Press Release

November 9, 2016

Memorial Plaque Dedication for Officer Galvez 

The Downey Police Department will be having a “Memorial Plaque Dedication Ceremony” on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 9:00am to the front of the police station. The formal ceremony will include the unveiling of a memorial plaque for Downey Police Officer Ricardo Galvez who was killed in the line of duty on November 18, 2015. The plaque will be added to the fallen officer’s memorial to the front of the police station. The ceremony should last approximately 30 minutes and is open to the public.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact Lieutenant Brian Baker at 562-904-2347 or bbaker@downeyca.org. 

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Press Release

October 3, 2016

Downey Police Department Plans to ‘Take-Back’ Unused and Unwanted Prescription Drugs on
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

The Downey Police Department and community volunteers will be collecting unused, unwanted or out-of-date prescription medications during its semi-annual “Drug Take Back” event. This event offers community members an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous drugs and minimize the potential for misuse and abuse.

The collection event will take place on Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the west parking lot of the Downey Police Department, located at 10911 Brookshire Ave. The event will be held rain or shine.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to drop their prescription medications off into collection boxes provided by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A). Over-the-counter medications can also be discarded. Liquids will only be accepted in fully sealed, unopened plastic containers. Needles, sharps and glass containers will not be accepted.

The event is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Division of the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.).

Questions or comments may be directed to Jennifer Burkhardt at (562) 904-2374 or jpreda@downeyca.org

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Press Release

September 5, 2016

 DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Friday

Downey Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on September 09, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.  

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. Over the course of the past three years officers have investigated 406 DUI collisions which have claimed 1 life and resulted in another 157 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Downey Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

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September 5, 2016

 Traffic Enforcement Operations Plan for Downey

Downey Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations at various times during the month of September with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past three (3) years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along, with the violations that led to those crashes.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. 

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.  Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation.

Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.  Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists.  All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law.  Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation.  Locally, Downey Police Department has investigated 276 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three (3) years. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Press Release

August 2, 2016

Downey Police Department is hosting Coffee with a Cop on August 31, 2016

On Wednesday, August 31st, 2016, officers from the Downey Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. on August 31, 2016 at the Starbucks located at, 7954 Imperial Highway.  Please contact Lieutenant Alex Irizabal with questions: (562) 904-2369,
airizabal@downeyca.org.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Downey’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Carl Charles. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships. There has never been a more important time for Coffee with a Cop than right now. This program will bring our community together and help heal out nation and make us stronger.”

“This is a great opportunity for residents to get to know and interact with our Police Department and to have a constructive dialogue about important issues,” said Mayor Alex Saab.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

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 Press Release

August 2, 2016

Traffic Enforcement Operations Plan for Downey

Downey Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations at various times during the month of August with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past three (3) years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along, with the violations that led to those crashes.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. 

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.  Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation.

Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.  Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists.  All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law.  Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation.  Locally, Downey Police Department has investigated 276 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three (3) years. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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July 16, 2016

Robbery

On July 16, 2016, at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to Ralphs supermarket located in the 8600 block of Firestone Blvd regarding a robbery which had just occurred. According to store security, a male Hispanic had entered the store, placed numerous items in a shopping cart, and then left the store without paying.

The Loss Prevention Officer from Ralphs followed the suspect into the parking lot and attempted to stop him from fleeing; at which time, the suspect pulled a gun out and told the Loss Prevention Officer to "Get Back." Fearing for his safety, the loss prevention officer returned to the store and called police, as the suspect entered a vehicle and sped off. A short time later, officers received information that the suspect had been involved in a "hit & run" traffic collision while fleeing the supermarket and was observed entering a home in the 8700 block of Cavel Street, Downey.

Downey Police Officers responded to the location and surrounded the home, during which time they made several attempts to make contact with the suspect. Believing the suspect had barricaded himself inside, a few residents in close proximity to the suspect's residence were evacuated as a precaution. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau (S.E.B.) responded to assist the Downey Police Department in an attempt to bring the situation to a safe and peaceful conclusion.

At approximately 11:47 p.m., the suspect surrendered to S.E.B. deputies without incident. Taken into custody was, Gerson Acosta-Martinez, a 35 year old Downey resident. He was transported to the Downey Police station where he was booked for armed robbery.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detectives Ron Gee at (562) 904-2331 or Detective Steve Gilley at (562) 904-2335.

To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website.

Press inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Alex Irizabal at (562) 904-2369 or Sergeant Kevin McCaster at (562) 904-2304.

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July 14, 2016

DOWNEY TO HOST 4th ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT “AMERICA’S NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME”

On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, the City of Downey and the Downey Police Department will host the City’s 4th Annual National Night Out celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Downey Civic Center located at 11111 Brookshire Ave.

National Night Out is a unique community event celebrated across the United States the first Tuesday in August every year. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local crime prevention programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and build police-community partnerships.

Downey’s National Night Out event will promote community awareness by educating the community about crime prevention and community resources. It will also feature free food, drinks, children’s activities, community information booths, and family fun.

Besides the events listed above, other activities include:

·C.E.R.T. – Community Emergency Response Team will be providing information on emergency preparedness.

·Child I.D. & Fingerprinting – Members of the Downey Police Explorer Program will be taking photographs and fingerprinting children for I.D cards. CD’s will be provided to parents containing the information. Parents will be able to print out the I.D. card which will feature fingerprints, photo and emergency contact information.

·Kids Bicycle Skills Workshop – Certified cycling instructors, the Downey Police Department’s Bicycle Team & the Downey Kiwanis will teach essential bicycle & pedestrian safety skills. Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets.

·Sylvan Learning Center – Children will be able to build with Legos by coding and programming robots. 

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Burkhardt at (562)904-2374 or via email at jpreda@downeyca.org

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June 13, 2016

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Friday

Downey Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on June 17, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.  

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. Over the course of the past three years officers have investigated 406 DUI collisions which have claimed 1 life and resulted in another 157 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Downey Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

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June 7, 2016

Vehicle Burglaries

The Downey Police Department is asking the public to remain vigilant of any suspicious activity in their neighborhood. This is important because often times this activity can lead to criminal activity. We are requesting that if you see anything that seems suspicious to you, please call the police immediately. Be prepared to explain why the activity is suspicious or unusual, and to give detailed descriptions of the suspicious persons or vehicles. This information will assist the responding officers as they arrive to investigate. Many crimes thwarted by the police are a direct result of citizen calls. Usually the public is the first to notice something unusual in the neighborhood and is the best source of information for the police. A good partnership between the community and the police department is of paramount importance and essential to curtailing criminal activity within our city.

Vehicle Burglary is one crime that can be greatly affected by citizen participation. These crimes happen everywhere and the city of Downey is not exempt. Vehicle Burglaries typically leave victims feeling violated and fearful, but can be prevented in many cases. Criminals tend to be opportunists and often work in groups of two or more. They may also have a look-out to warn them of police or potential witnesses. It is also common for them to arrive in a vehicle which they may park nearby or in a driveway. Residents can help protect their vehicles by making their vehicles less of a target.

Here are some important tips to help prevent a vehicle burglary:

TIPS:

  • One of the most important things to do is call the police to report a crime or  any suspicious activity. You can remain an anonymous caller.
  • Always lock the doors to your vehicle, even when you are away from the vehicle for a short time.
  • Close all windows and sunroof.
  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle. If you cannot take personal property with you, place the items in your trunk, but do not move these items to the trunk while in public view.
  • Do not leave any mail in your vehicle. These items have your name, address and possibly contain personal financial information.
  • Park in well-lit areas. At home, park your vehicle near porch lights. If you cannot park in a garage, install motion detection lights, which will illuminate your driveway at night.
  • Set any alarm or anti-theft device that is installed on your vehicle.

    To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/.

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May 24, 2016

Traffic Enforcement Operations Plan for Downey

Downey Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations at various times during the month of June with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past three (3) years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along, with the violations that led to those crashes.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. 

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.  Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation.

Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.  Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists.  All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law.  Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation.  Locally, Downey Police Department has investigated 276 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three (3) years. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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May 24, 2016

  Downey Joins National Campaign to End
Distracted Driving

During the month of April, the Downey Police Department joined the Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as law enforcement throughout the country, working together to focus on education as well as enforcement.

During the month of April, motorists caught violating their local distracted driver laws received a clear message from law enforcement.  The campaign objectives are twofold: strongly enforce distracted driving laws and use advertising, media, and social media outreach to let drivers know about the enforcement campaign and to convince them to obey the law.

Downey Police Department issued 196 citations to violators of California’s cell phone law and 38 citations to violators of California’s texting law during the month of April. The laws provide that;

 “A personal shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.”

And

“A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text based communication, unless the electronic wireless communications device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation to dictate, send, or listen to a text-based communication, and it is used in that manner while driving.”

Additionally, the Downey Police Department joined the statewide enforcement campaigns on April 7th and 20th, “zero tolerance days,” when all agencies were especially vigilant for distracted drivers.  During these two days, the Downey Police department issued 23 citations for cell phone violations and 3 citations for texting violations.

“This national campaign may be over, but our law enforcement officers will continue enforcing anti-cell phone laws, and all other traffic safety laws designed to keep our road users safe,” said Chief Carl Charles.

For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov

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April 6, 2016

  The Downey Police Department is hosting Coffee with a Cop on April 20, 2016

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, officers from the Downey Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Starbucks located at, 9001 Firestone Boulevard.  Please contact Lieutenant Alex Irizabal with questions: (562) 904-2369,
airizabal@downeyca.org.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Downey’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Carl Charles. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

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March 31, 2016

  Drug "Take-Back" Event to Take Place on April 30th

The Downey Police Department Plans to ‘Take-Back’ Unused and Unwanted Prescription Drugs on Saturday, April 30th, 2016.

The Downey Police Department and community volunteers will be collecting unused, unwanted or out-of-date prescription medications during its semi-annual “Drug Take Back” event. This event offers community members an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous drugs and minimize the potential for misuse and abuse.

The collection event will take place on Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the west parking lot of the Downey Police Department, located at 10911 Brookshire Ave. The event will be held rain or shine.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to drop their prescription medications off into collection boxes provided by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A). Over-the-counter medications can also be discarded. Liquids will only be accepted in fully sealed, unopened plastic containers. Needles, sharps and glass containers will not be accepted.

The event is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Division of the D.E.A.

Questions or comments may be directed to Jennifer Burkhardt at (562) 904-2374 or jpreda@downeyca.org

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March 28, 2016

  DOWNEY PD JOINS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN
TO END DISTRACTED DRIVING

Distracted driving is such an important safety issue that April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  In California, Police, Sheriff and CHP officials are joining the Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as law enforcement throughout the country, working together to focus on education as well as enforcement.

The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in an attempt to change behavior and save lives, not just in April but also year-round.  Downey Police Department will join statewide enforcement campaigns on April 7th and 20th, “zero tolerance days,” when all agencies will be especially vigilant for distracted drivers.  Although the purpose of the campaign is not to write as many citations as possible, sometimes citations are necessary for drivers to understand the importance of focusing on their driving.

Distracted driving continues to be a problem, especially as the use of Smartphones increase.  Although such crashes are often difficult to prove, California had at least 84 fatal distracted driving collisions in 2013, 85 in 2014 and 67 in 2015, with the actual number of cases likely higher.  The number of injury collisions for the same three-year period shows an increase: 10,078 in 2013; 10,463 in 2014, and 11,023 in 2015.  NHTSA data for 2014 show nationwide, 3,179 people died in distracted driving collisions, which is 10 per cent of all crash fatalities.  An additional 431,000 people, or 18 per cent, were injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers.

“As we rely on our cell phones more and more in our everyday lives, we seem to be kidding ourselves in thinking that they don’t affect our driving,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “Crashes are up.  The scientific evidence is solid.  The dangers are real, and they apply to all of us.  We need to silence the distractions.”

The problem of distracted driving is significant, and no surprise to drivers day in and day out.  The Department Of Transportation notes that at any given moment, during daylight hours, more than 660,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cellphone.  

NHTSA will conduct a television campaign in April with the message “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” OTS will produce public service announcements and conduct a social media campaign urging drivers to “Silence the Distraction.”

WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cellphone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

The California Office of Traffic Safety, Police, Sheriff and the CHP reminds everyone that best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses.

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March 1, 2016

  DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Friday

Downey Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on March 04, 2016, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.  

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. Over the course of the past three years officers have investigated 406 DUI collisions which have claimed 1 life and resulted in another 157 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Downey Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

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February 3, 2016

  Traffic Enforcement Operations Plan for Downey

Downey Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations at various times during the month of February with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past three (3) years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along, with the violations that led to those crashes.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. 

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.  Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation.

Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.  Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists.  All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law.  Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation.  Locally, Downey Police Department has investigated 276 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three (3) years. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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February 2, 2016

 Homicide Update - 4th Suspect in Custody

The Downey Police Department developed additional leads regarding the Home Invasion Robbery and murder of Mr. Jim Rudometkin, which occurred on January 17, 2016. These leads have led to the arrest of a fourth suspect involved in this crime, who had a past association with the victim, confirming that the victim was specifically targeted by the suspects and that this was not a random crime.

On Friday, January 29, 2016, Downey Detectives arrested, 24-year-old Michael Harrod of Anaheim, in connection with this homicide. He was arrested and booked on the charge of 187PC (murder) and was transported to Los Angeles County Jail. Also located during the investigation was a vehicle believed to have been used by the suspects during the commission of the crime.

On February 2, 2016, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office filed the following charges against Harrod: (1) count of 187 PC-Murder, (1) count of 211 PC-Robbery and (1) count of 459 PC-Burglary.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Paul Hernandez at (562) 904-2368.

To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website.

Press inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Alex Irizabal at (562) 904-2369 or Sergeant Kevin McCaster at (562) 904-2304.

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January 28, 2016

 Reporting Suspicious Activity

The Downey Police Department is asking the public to remain vigilant of any suspicious activity in their neighborhood. This is important because often times this activity can lead to criminal activity. We are requesting that if you see anything that seems suspicious to you, please call the police immediately. Be prepared to explain why the activity is suspicious or unusual, and to give detailed descriptions of the suspicious persons or vehicles. This information will assist the responding officers as they arrive to investigate. Many crimes thwarted by the police are a direct result of citizen calls. Usually the public is the first to notice something unusual in the neighborhood and is the best source of information for the police. A good partnership between the community and the police department is of paramount importance and essential to curtailing criminal activity within our city.

Burglary is one crime that can be greatly affected by citizen participation. These crimes happen everywhere and the city of Downey is not exempt. Burglaries typically leave victims feeling violated and fearful, but can be prevented in many cases. Criminals tend to be opportunists and often work in groups of two or more. They may also have a look-out to warn them of police or potential witnesses. It is also common for them to arrive in a vehicle which they may park nearby or in a driveway. In addition to being aware of suspicious activity, residents can help protect their homes by making their homes more difficult to break into and less of a target.

Here are some important tips to protect you and your family:

TIPS:

  • One of the most important things to do is call the police to report a crime or any suspicious activity. You can remain an anonymous caller.
  • Alarm systems with visible signage are effective deterrents.
  • While you are on vacation, have newspapers, mail, and flyers picked up from your home or have these scheduled deliveries stopped until you return.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your home while you are gone.
  • Use interior lighting to show occupancy.
  • Exterior light and/or motion activated lights are an excellent way to light the perimeter of your residence.
  • Make sure exterior lighting illuminates your walkway and front doorway.
  • Keep shrubbery around buildings/residences trimmed to prevent anyone from hiding on your property.
  • Keep residence doors and windows locked whenever you are out, and lock side yard gates to prevent burglars from easily gaining entry to your rear yard.

To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website.

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January 20, 2016

 Suspects Charged with Murder in
Home Invasion Homicide

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, Downey Police Detectives presented the home invasion murder case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office for filing.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office filed the following charges against suspect Henry Sao, 27-year-old resident of Long Beach and Paul Misikei, 18-year-old resident of Anaheim: (1) count of 187 PC-murder, with special allegations, (1) count of 211 PC-robbery/home invasion, and (1) count of 459 PC-burglary, with special allegations.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has filed the same charges against the 17- year-old suspect, who will be tried as an adult.

This investigation is still on going and no further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Paul Hernandez at (562) 904-2368.

To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website.

Press inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Alex Irizabal at (562) 904-2369 or Sergeant Kevin McCaster at (562) 904-2304.

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January 19, 2016

 Home Invasion Homicide |Tuesday Update

The Downey Police Department is currently investigating the Home Invasion Robbery that resulted in the murder of a Downey resident in the 10300 block of Lesterford Ave. Further information gathered during this investigation points to the victim being specifically targeted by the suspects. We do not believe this was a random crime.

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, Downey Detectives developed information that led them to the arrest of a third suspect involved in this crime. A 17-year-old Anaheim resident was taken into custody in connection with this homicide. He is being charged with 187PC (murder) and will be transported to a Juvenile Detention Center.

The Downey Police Department will provide further updates as this investigation continues.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Paul Hernandez at (562) 904-2368.

To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website.

Press inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Alex Irizabal at (562) 904-2369 or Sergeant Kevin McCaster at (562) 904-2304.

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January 18, 2016

 Home Invasion Homicide | Monday Update

The Downey Police Department is currently investigating the Home Invasion Robbery that resulted in the murder of a Downey resident in the 10300 block of Lesterford Ave. Further information gathered during this investigation points to the victim being specifically targeted by the suspects. We do not believe this was a random crime.

The Downey Police Department will provide further updates as this investigation continues.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Paul Hernandez at (562) 904-2368.

To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website.

Press inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Alex Irizabal at (562) 904-2369 or Sergeant Kevin McCaster at (562) 904-2304.

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January 18, 2016

 Home Invasion Homicide 

On Sunday, at around 11:13 a.m., Downey Dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a possible Home Invasion Robbery in the 10300 block of Lesterford Ave. The witness saw two suspects contact the home owner near the side door and then forced the male resident back into his home. During the robbery, a third suspect entered the residence. As officers were arriving on scene, Downey Dispatch received a report of three suspects jumping over the rear fence of the victim’s residence and fleeing. Officers quickly set up a perimeter and detained two suspects a short distance from the house. Additional officers responded to the home to check the residence at which time they discovered a male adult, 59 years old, who was unresponsive inside. Downey Paramedics responded and pronounced the male deceased. The cause of death is unknown at this time and will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The victim’s identity will not be released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

The two suspects were identified as Henry Willie Sao, 28 years old, of Long Beach, and Paul Darvis Misikei, 19 years old, of Anaheim. Both suspects were arrested and booked for homicide.

The third suspect who escaped the perimeter is identified as a male pacific islander, approximately 17 years old, 5-08, 160, with black "bushy" hair, wearing a red/orange button down shirt, blue jeans, and black and white tennis shoes.

The suspect vehicle is a white older model four door sedan driven by an unknown male occupant.

The investigation is on-going and we anticipate releasing further information as it becomes available.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Paul Hernandez at (562) 904-2368.

To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website.

Press inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Alex Irizabal at (562) 904-2369 or Sergeant Kevin McCaster at (562) 904-2304.

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January 14, 2016

 Automobile / Bicycle Traffic Collision

On January 13, 2016, at approximately 6:11 a.m., a vehicle vs. bicycle traffic collision occurred at Stewart and Gray Rd. and Bellflower Blvd. The collision occurred when a 47 year old male resident of Norwalk was traveling westbound Stewart and Gray Rd. on a bicycle. The rider collided with a tractor trailer combination traveling southbound Bellflower Blvd. being driven by a 59 year old resident of Lakewood.

Downey Fire Department Paramedics pronounced the bicyclist deceased at the scene of the collision. The driver of the tractor trailer combination was not injured as a result of the collision. The driver of the vehicle was cooperative and did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. After being interviewed, he was released.

The collision is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the collision should contact Detective Haxton at (562) 904-2339 or Sergeant Miller at (562) 904-2342.

To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website.

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January 12, 2016

 Traffic Enforcement Operations Plan for Downey

Downey Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations at various times during the month of January with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past three (3) years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along, with the violations that led to those crashes.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. 

Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.  Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation.

Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.  Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists.  All riders are reminded to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law.  Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation.  Locally, Downey Police Department has investigated 276 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three (3) years. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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January 5, 2016

Automobile / Motorcycle Traffic Collision

On January 5, 2016, at approximately 7:29 a.m., a vehicle vs. motorcycle traffic collision occurred at Stewart and Gray Rd. and Orizaba Ave. The collision occurred when a 48 year old male resident of Downey was traveling eastbound Stewart and Gray Rd. on a motorcycle. The rider collided with a 2005 Toyota Tacoma making a left turn from northbound Orizaba Ave. to westbound Stewart and Gray Rd. driven by an 18 year old male resident of Downey.

Downey Fire Department Paramedics pronounced the motorcyclist deceased at the scene of the collision. The driver of the Tacoma was not injured as a result of the collision. The driver of the vehicle was cooperative and did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. After being interviewed, he was released.

The collision is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the collision should contact Detective Haxton at (562) 904-2339 or Sergeant Miller at (562) 904-2342.

To provide information ANONYMOUSLY, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or by texting the letters TIPLA, plus, to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website.

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