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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The Downey Police Department and community volunteers will be collecting unused, unwanted or out-of-date prescription medications during its semi-annual “Drug Take Back” event.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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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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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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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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December 24, 2015

Homicide

On Wednesday, at around 5:24 p.m., Downey Dispatchers received 911 calls reporting gun shots being fired in the 12000 block of Downey Ave. Shortly thereafter, Downey Dispatch received reports of a traffic collision on Stewart and Gray and Patton. When officers arrived on Downey Ave., they discovered a male adult who was fatally shot in the parking lot.

A description of the suspect vehicle leaving the Downey Avenue address matched the description of the vehicle involved in the traffic collision. Witnesses of the collision observed three male subjects run from a Gray Toyota Yaris. Downey Police Officers detained two subjects a short distance from the crashed vehicle. One of the subjects was suffering from a gunshot wound and was transported by Downey Fire Department to a local hospital for medical treatment. The male subject is expected to survive his injury. The second male adult subject was transported to the Downey Police Station for further questioning. A search for the third adult male subject was conducted but he was not located.

It appears at this time that this crime is possibly drug related and the subjects knew one another. This is an on-going investigation and there will be no further information released at this time. The identification of the deceased victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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 Mark McDaniel at (562) 904-2370 or Sergeant Kevin McCaster at (562) 904-2304.

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December 16, 2015

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Friday

Downey Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on December 18, 2015, 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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December 3, 2015

Traffic Enforcement Operations Plan for Downey

Downey Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations at various times during the month of December 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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 November 23, 2015

Funeral Arrangements for Downey Police Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez who was shot and killed in the line-of-duty on November 18, 2015.

The funeral arrangements for Downey Police Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez have been finalized. 

The Rosary and Viewing for Officer Galvez will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015 between 5:30 PM and 8:00 PM at Downey Civic Theatre in the city of Downey.  Doors will open at 5:00 PM.

The funeral for Officer Galvez will be held at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in the city of Los Angeles on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM.  Immediately following the funeral, there will be a graveside service with full police honors at Rose Hills Memorial Park in the city of Whittier.

Rosary and Viewing

November 29, 2015 between 5:30 PM and 8:00 PM –
Doors open at 5:00 PM
Downey Civic Theatre
8435 Firestone Blvd.,
Downey, CA 90241

Funeral Service
November 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 West Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2707

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Gravesite Salute
November 30, 2015 immediately following funeral service:
Rose Hills Memorial Park
3888 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

UNIFORM: CLASS “A” UNIFORM

MEMORIAL FUND FOR DOWNEY POLICE OFFICER RICARDO GALVEZ

If you would like to support the family of fallen Downey Police

Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez, please contact Mike Pope, President of Downey Police Officers Association (DPOA) AT 562-904-2308 or mpope@downeyca.org

or Downey Federal Credit Union, Officer Ricardo Galvez Fund, 562-862-8141 or visit http://downey-web.civica.granicuslabs.com/ for detailed information.

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 November 19, 2015

Downey Mourns Tragic Loss of Officer Ricardo Galvez

It is with heavy hearts that the City of Downey and Downey Police Department acknowledge the loss of one of our own. Officer Ricardo ‘Ricky’ Galvez, 29 years old, was tragically shot and killed around 11 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

Stated Mayor Luis H. Marquez, “Every day, the brave men and women of our Downey Police Department put themselves at personal risk to keep us all safe. We are incredibly sorrowed at the loss of Officer Galvez and our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew and loved him.”

A five year veteran of the Downey Police Department and former United States Marine, Officer Galvez is survived by his mother, brother, sisters, and numerous devoted friends and colleagues.

"Please keep our Downey police officer, his family and the Downey Police Department in your thoughts and prayers," said Mayor Pro Tem Alex Saab. "This is a difficult time for the entire Downey community."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation. Media inquiries may be directed to Lt. John Carina with the Sherrif’s Department at 323-890-5641.

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 November 6, 2015

Armed Robber Captured 
Case number 15-73505

On October 22, 2015, at around 1:51 a.m., Downey Police Officers responded to the Chevron gas station located at 12555 Paramount Blvd. regarding an armed robbery that just occurred. The suspect left the gas station prior to police arriving.

Later that same morning, at around 2:40 a.m., a second robbery occurred at the Circle K convenience store located at 12000 Paramount Blvd. Downey Police Officers responded and searched the surrounding area, during which time officers located a subject matching the description of the robbery suspect. The suspect, Parsley Kyle Johnson, is a 27-year-old male who resides in Downey. Suspect Johnson was also in possession of a replica semi-automatic handgun that he used in both robberies. Johnson was positively identified as the suspect involved in the two earlier robberies.

Johnson was arrested and booked at the Downey Police Station for 211 P.C., armed robbery.

Downey Detectives presented the criminal case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office where (2) two Robbery charges were filed against Johnson.

Detectives are also investigating additional robberies in Downey to determine Johnson’s potential involvement.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Michael Galindo at (562) 904-2330.

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 Mark McDaniel at (562) 904-2370 or Sergeant Kevin McCaster at (562) 904-2304.

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 October 22, 2015

Downey Police Department Receives Grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Downey Police Department has been awarded a $169,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries.   Downey Police Department will use the funding as part of the City’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

Chief Carl Charles related the following regarding the ongoing efforts of the Downey Police Department in this area of enforcement, “Our goal is to reduce the overall number of injury traffic collisions in the City of Downey through a combined effort of increased pedestrian/driver education and awareness, as well as directed enforcement activity that focuses on violations of the California Vehicle Code that are directly attributed to causing these collisions”  

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions has been slowly rising.  Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding, and crashes at intersections.

“Overall, California’s roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways.  The Office of Traffic Safety and the Downey Police Department want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Downey and the State.”

Activities that the grant will fund include:

·         Educational presentations

·         DUI checkpoints

·         DUI saturation patrols

·         Distracted driving enforcement

·         Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement

·         Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement

·         Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement

·         Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders

·         Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)

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

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 September 30, 2015

Bunco Scams

The Downey Police Department is warning the public to beware of phone scam artists who attempt to swindle money from unsuspecting residents. They will try to trick you into giving them money and information. A local resident recently fell victim to such a scam.

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, at about 11:30 a.m., a 70-year-old man received a phone call from a suspect representing himself as an IRS agent. The suspect claimed the victim owed $30,000.00 in back taxes. The suspect instructed the victim to make deposits into two different bank accounts or he would be arrested. After making the deposits, the victim contacted the IRS and found that he had been scammed.

This is just one of many schemes that have been employed by conspiring criminals. Although the ruse is common, it continues to be a lucrative one. The suspects often target the elderly and take advantage of their trusting nature. Whatever the scam, the public can avoid falling victim by using caution when dealing with unknown subjects calling via the telephone.

TIPS:

-Never give personal information to anyone over the phone such as bank account numbers, PIN numbers, or Social Security numbers.

-The Downey Police Department or any Government Agency will never ask you to get a Money Order, gift card, or transfer money. If such requests are made over the phone, BEWARE.

-If you are solicited by telephone, ask to be mailed information about the charity’s purpose, goals and finances before making any donations.

-Hang up the telephone on aggressive or harassing solicitors.

-Don’t give cash. Make checks out to the charitable organization, not the person asking for the donation. Never give your credit card number to a solicitor.

-Be wary of a solicitation that includes an offer to send a courier to your house to immediately pick up your donation.

Press inquiries may be directed to Sgt. Leigh Lacy at (562) 904-2340 or Lieutenant Mark McDaniel at (562) 904-2370.

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 September 29, 2015

Downey Police Collect over 484 Pounds of Prescription Drugs at Take-Back Event

On Saturday, September 26th, 2015, the Downey Police Department and members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) participated in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative. As a result, community members disposed of over 484 pounds of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. All of the collected items were turned over to the D.E.A for disposal.

This initiative addresses vital public safety and health issues. According to a 2009 national survey on drug use and health, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high. More Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than those who abuse cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined. Studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

For more information regarding proper methods of disposing your medicine, please visit the D.E.A.’s Diversion Control Website at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/.

Questions and comments may be directed to Jennifer Burkhardt at jpreda@downeyca.org or (562) 904-2375.

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 September 25, 2015

Update on Fight at Buffalo Wild Wings

On Sunday, September 20th, at around 1:20 p.m., Downey Police Officers responded to Buffalo Wild Wings located at the Stonewood Mall regarding a fight. Several male subjects were captured on video fighting to the front of the restaurant.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying the two male subjects depicted in these photographs. These two subjects were seen in the video kicking another man lying on the ground.

Anyone with information on the identity of these individuals is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Ron Gee at (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.

Press inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Mark McDaniel at (562) 904-2370 or Sergeant Kevin McCaster at (562) 904-2304.

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 September 24, 2015

Armed Robber Captured

On September 9, 2015, at around 7:00 p.m., Downey Police Officers responded to the “Big Lots” store at 9020 Firestone Blvd. regarding an armed robbery that just occurred.  The suspect left the store prior to police arriving.

Downey Police Detectives were assigned the case, and during their investigation, they were able to identify the suspect responsible for committing the robbery.

On September 19, 2015, at around 12:05 p.m., Downey Patrol Officers saw the suspect vehicle traveling westbound on Stewart & Gray Rd.  Patrol officers conducted a high risk vehicle stop and arrested the suspect.  The suspect is identified as Mark Nixon Jr., a 44 year old resident of Downey.  A handgun and a small amount of narcotics were also recovered from inside the vehicle.  Nixon Jr. was arrested and booked at the Downey Police Station for 211 P.C., armed robbery. 

Downey Detectives presented the criminal case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office where Robbery and Narcotics charges were filed against Nixon Jr.            

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Michael Galindo at (562) 904-2330.

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 Mark McDaniel at (562) 904-2370 or Sergeant Kevin McCaster at (562) 904-2304.

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 September 21, 2015

Fight at Buffalo Wild Wings

On Sunday, September 20th, at about 1:20 p.m., Downey Officers responded to Buffalo Wild Wings located at 193 Stonewood Street regarding two men fighting.  When the officers arrived, the scene was calm, although one man claimed to have been involved in an earlier fight with another group of men who had already left the scene.  He did not want to pursue any criminal charges at the time, but later came to the Downey Police Station and filed an assault report.    

Later the same afternoon, the police department was made aware that a video depicting the fight had been posted on social media.  In the video, it was apparent more than just two men were involved in the fight.  So far, only moderate injuries have been reported from this incident. 

The Downey Police Department takes such matters seriously and will diligently work to identify and prosecute those involved.  We are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident or the identities of those involved contact the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308, or the lead investigator, Detective Ron Gee at (562) 904-2331.

Mayor Luis Marquez stated, “As a local resident and parent, I was appalled at the behavior I witnessed in the video footage from this weekend, but I am confident that Downey Police will complete a thorough investigation and justice will be served.  We in Downey are proud of our thriving business districts and safe neighborhoods, and we want to reassure both visitors and residents that this isolated incident is being taken seriously.”

“We in Downey are a ‘Character Counts’ city, and we place a top priority on our public safety.” stated Mayor Pro Tem Alex Saab, “Fortunately, the inappropriate behavior captured on video outside of a local restaurant this weekend was an isolated incident and not representative of our residents’ values. I look forward to meeting personally with our Police Chief regarding the Department’s investigation and response in order to ensure the safety of all of our residents and visitors.”

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 Mark McDaniel at (562) 904-2370 or Sergeant Leigh Lacy at (562) 904-2340.

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 September 8, 2015

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 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 2012, California witnessed 612 pedestrian and 124 bicyclists killed that year while nationally 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed. 

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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 September 3, 2015

Downey Police Department’s K9 Dani and K9 Dash Receive Bullet and Stab Protective Vests

The Downey Police Department’s K9 Dani and K9 Dash have received ballistic vests thanks to a non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc, the Downey Dog Obedience Group of Downey, CA and The Hausman Family Foundation who provided funding for their vests. 

The vest for K9 Dash is embroidered with the sentiment, “This gift of protection given by the Downey Dog Club.” The vest for K9 Dani is embroidered with the sentiment, “This gift of protection provided by the Hausman Family Foundation.”

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.  Each vest costs $1,050 and has a 5 year warranty. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life-saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 1,553 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.4 million dollars.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufactured by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or the website: www.vik9s.org.

Contact: Lieutenant Scott Loughner (562) 861-0771

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 August 27, 2015

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned for Friday

Downey Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on September 4, 2015 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.

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 4 lives and resulted in 96 injury crashes harming 364 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Miller.

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.  Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.

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.

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

Contact: Sgt. Perry Miller / 562-904-2342 / pmiller@downeyca.org  

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 August 19, 2015

The Downey Police Department Will Be Out
In Full Force To 
Catch Drunk Drivers

 As summer winds down, the Downey Police Department is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. The 18-day, high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety to curb impaired driving and save lives.  August 21-September 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners in Los Angeles County, across the state and nationwide will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.  Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving.

And what a toll it is. In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed in drunk–driving crashes, almost a third of all traffic fatalities according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  In California, 867 died in drunk driving collisions according to NHTSA.  Thirty-eight percent of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend that year involved drunk drivers with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. And we’re not just talking about a little bit of alcohol, either. More than a quarter (27 percent) of the crash fatalities that occurred on Labor Day weekend involved drivers with BACs of .15 or higher – almost twice the illegal limit.

Downey Police Department kicks off Friday night by deploying 2 special DUI Saturation Patrols during the first weekend.  DUI enforcement will continue through Monday, September 7th with more DUI Saturation Patrols on Friday, August 28th and a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, September 4th.

NHTSA data shows that repeat offenders are an especially dangerous facet of the drunk-driving problem. In the month of August from 2009-2013, of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes, almost 1 out of 10 (8 percent) of them had already been convicted of at least one drunk-driving offense.

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. 

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. 

So this August and year-round, remember that there’s no excuse for drunk or impaired driving. If you choose to break the law, police sheriff and CHP officials will see you before you see them. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Funding for this special campaign is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone; Report Drunk Drivers! – Call 9-1-1.

Contact: Sgt. Perry Miller, (562) 904-2342,  pmiller@downeyca.org

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 August 18, 2015

Homicide Investigation

On Friday, at around 8:44 p.m., Downey Dispatchers received 911 calls reporting gun shots being fired in the area of Paramount and Stewart and Gray. When officers arrived, they discovered an adult male had been shot to the front of 7961 Stewart and Gray. Downey Paramedics responded and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. Two male subjects were last seen running westbound on Stewart and Gray from the area of the shooting.

The suspect who fired the fatal shot is described as a male Hispanic, medium build, wearing a white tee shirt. This shooting does appear gang-related.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Steve Aubuchon at (562) 904-2330.

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 Mark McDaniel at (562) 904-2370 or Sergeant Kevin McCaster at (562) 904-2304.

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 August 6, 2015

DEA Drug Take Back Event Scheduled for
 September 26th, 2015

The Downey Police Department and community volunteers will be collecting unused, unwanted or out-of date prescription medications on Saturday, September 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event offers community members an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous drugs and minimizes the potential for misuse and abuse.

The collection event will take place at the West Lot of the Downey Police Department, 10911 Brookshire Ave. Event will be held rain or shine.

Event attendees will have the option of dropping off their prescription medications and containers into the D.E.A. collection boxes or pour the medication into collection boxes and keeping the containers. Over-the-counter medications can also be dropped off. However, sharps and needles will not be accepted.

The event is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles division of the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) The D.E.A. is providing the collection boxes and will be responsible for the proper disposal of the discarded drugs. All of the drugs and containers will be incinerated.

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

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 August 4, 2015

Traffic Enforcement Operations Plan for Downey

Downey Police Department will set 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 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 2012, California witnessed 612 pedestrian and 124 bicyclists killed that year while nationally 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed. 

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 24, 2015

Shooting Investigation

On July 24, 2015, at about 10:57 p.m., Downey Officers responded to Firestone Blvd. and La Reina Ave. regarding shots fired. When the officers arrived, they discovered one gunshot victim standing behind his vehicle. The victim was treated at the scene by Downey Paramedics and transported to St. Francis Medical Center in the city of Lynwood.

Witnesses said the victim was stopped in his vehicle at the intersection of Firestone Blvd. and La Reina Avenue, when a four door compact vehicle pulled alongside and stopped. The suspect exited the front passenger side of the vehicle and began shooting the victim. After the shooting, the suspect vehicle fled the location.

The shooter is described as a male Hispanic, early 30’s, 160 – 170 pounds, goatee, tattoos on arms, wearing a necklace, dark colored baseball hat, white sleeveless shirt, blue jeans. The suspect driver was described as a male Hispanic, 50’s, tattoos on arms, wearing a dark colored baseball hat, white sleeveless shirt.

The suspect vehicle is described as a four door possible 1990’s Honda or Toyota, blue or green in color.

The location where the shooting occurred is a very busy intersection. We believe others may have witnessed the shooting. We are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308, or the lead investigator, Detective Steve Aubuchon 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 Mark McDaniel at (562) 904-2370 or Sergeant Leigh Lacy at (562) 904-2340.

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 July 22, 2015

ABC Grant 2015-2016

In June 2014, the Downey Police Department entered into a multi-jurisdictional grant funded by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.  Over the past year, the Downey Police Department has worked closely with the Whittier and Bell Gardens Police Departments to offer public education training for business owners and their respective employees in the aforementioned cities.  Enforcement operations such as IMPACT (Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol-Related Crime Tendencies) Inspections and Minor Decoy operations were conducted.  The IMPACT Inspections and Decoy Operations are designed to test the compliance of establishments that have been granted liquor licenses by Alcoholic Beverage Control. 

During the 2014-15 Grant Assistance Program (G.A.P.) the Downey Police Department conducted over 40 IMPACT Inspections at liquor stores, bars and restaurants throughout the city.  Licensees were provided with literature from Alcoholic Beverage Control to further their knowledge about alcohol-related laws and regulations.  Minor violations were documented at several locations.  In addition to the IMPACT Inspections, Downey Officer’s conducted Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap operations at over 30 locations, targeting businesses and patrons that furnish alcohol to minors.  Downey Officer’s issued 8 citations to retail store clerks and patrons of ABC licensed businesses for furnishing alcohol to minors.  The citations were forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office where criminal charges were filed on all cases. 

As a result of the Downey Police Department’s continuing effort to prevent alcohol sales to minors and mitigate the growing problems associated with alcohol sales and consumption, a Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control grant in the amount of $47,879 was applied for and awarded to the Downey Police Department for the 2015-16 fiscal year.  These funds will be used for education and training for local businesses and their employees regarding alcohol related laws and enforcement operations.  The Downey Police Department will soon host two LEADS (Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs) training classes to educate licensees on how they can be part of the solution in reducing alcohol related crimes.  Licensed alcohol establishments in Downey will receive information by mail regarding these trainings.  Further information can be found at https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/Lead%20webpage.html.

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 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.

Contact: Cpl. John Daniel (562)904-2353 // Fax (562) 904-1995

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 June 30, 2015

3rd Annual National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, the City of Downey and the Downey Police Department will host the City’s 3rd 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:

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 – The New York Life’s Child I.D. program is designed to help children in our community learn how to stay safe in the home, at play or wherever they may be. Child I.D. cards will be printed for parents, free of charge. The I.D. cards feature photo, fingerprints, 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 programing robots. 

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

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 June 2, 2015

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 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 2012, California witnessed 612 pedestrian and 124 bicyclists killed that year while nationally 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed. 

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 21, 2015

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned on Friday

Downey, CA – Downey Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on May 29, 2015 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.

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 4 lives and resulted in 96 injury crashes harming 364 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt Miller.

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.  Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.

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.

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’.

Contact: Sgt. Perry Miller / 562-904-2342 / pmiller@downeyca.org  

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 May 13, 2015

Mental Health Clinician

The Downey Police Department has joined together with police departments in the southeast region of Los Angeles County to pair mental health clinicians with a police officer during their patrol duties. Working as a team, they will be an additional on-scene resource to situations involving people with mental illness.

In partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, two mental health clinicians will rotate throughout the month with each of the seven police departments participating in the program. In Downey, a clinician will ride along with a Downey Police Officer several days throughout the month assisting patrol officers as needed with any calls involving the mentally ill. By being deployed in the field with a Downey Police Officer, the clinicians will be able to provide immediate crisis intervention and case management to individuals in need of such services. The clinicians possess crisis evaluation and clinical treatment skills to help us better serve the public.

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 May 7, 2015

 Criminal Threats Suspect Arrested

On May 8, 2015, at around 8:42 a.m., Downey Police Department received a 911 call reporting a disturbance inside a residence in the 10200 block of Branscomb.   The caller stated that a male, 39 years old, who resides in the home was inside breaking items.  It was discovered as Downey Officers arrived that the male suspect had possible mental issues and had earlier threaten to harm family members inside.  The suspect refused to exit the house. The suspect also refused to allow his elderly disabled father to leave the residence and held him against his will inside the home.

Downey Detectives made entry into the home and rescued the suspect’s father.  The father was uninjured and was reunited with family members.  As detectives approached the suspect, they observed him holding pieces of paper in one hand and concealing an unknown item in his right hand with the paper.  Not knowing if the suspect was holding a concealed weapon, detectives made several commands to the suspect to drop what he was holding and show them his hands.  The suspect failed to comply with the detectives’ orders; therefore, a detective fired three extended range impact munitions at the suspect.  Two of the three extended range impact munitions struck the suspect in the upper torso area.  The suspect still refused to comply and detectives had to physically restrain him where he was handcuffed and arrested.  It was discovered that the suspect was concealing a small plastic bottle in his hand.  In plain view, the detectives did locate a large machete style knife inside the suspect’s bedroom.  No detectives were injured. 

As a precautionary measure, Downey Fire Department was called to the location but the suspect refused to be seen by paramedics.  The suspect was transported to a medical facility for a pre-booking clearance.  The suspect will be booked for felony criminal threats and false imprisonment.    

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Mike Galindo at (562) 904-2330.

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 Mark McDaniel at (562) 904-2370 or Sergeant Dwayne Cooper at (562) 904-2340.

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 May 7, 2015

 Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 18th

Once again, Downey Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18-31, including one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. 

 “Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said Chief Carl Charles, Downey Police Department. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one best thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 59 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In California, the minimum penalty for a seat belt violation is $161.

Officers will conduct 10 nighttime seat belt enforcement operations during the two week Click It Or Ticket mobilization to help lower California’s traffic deaths. In addition to these special patrols, officers on routine patrol will also be looking for unrestrained drivers and passengers to stop and cite.

California statistics reveal that 500 unrestrained vehicle occupants died in 2013. Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2013, more than half (54%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 41 percent were not buckled up.

 “If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up,” added Chief Carl Charles. “The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job.”

Funding for these operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.  

CONTACT: Sgt. Perry Miller. 562-904-2342, pmiller@downeyca.org 

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 May 7, 2015

 Traffic Enforcement Operations Plan for Downey

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

The department has mapped out locations over the past 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 2012, California witnessed 612 pedestrian and 124 bicyclists killed that year while nationally 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed. 

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

Contact:  Sgt. Perry Miller, Downey Police Department (562) 904-2342

 

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 April 1, 2015

 Fume Alert Security Alarm System

 The Downey Police Department has recently purchased a Fume Alert Security System. This system will be available for use by Downey residents when their homes are to be tented for fumigation. Occasionally the fumigation tents attract burglars because homes are left unattended for a number of days. The Fume Alert System is a portable alarm system that will be installed in the home and removed once tenting is completed. If there is an intruder, the alarm will notify the Police Department and officers will respond. To make reservations for the system please contact Det. Price at (562) 904-2359 or email at jprice@downeyca.orgPress inquiries may be directed to: Sgt. Kevin McCaster Downey Police Department Detective Bureau (562) 904-2304 

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 March 31, 2015

 Silence the Distractions

 April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month – “It’s Not Worth It!” Downey, CA – To save lives and educate all Californians, especially young drivers, about the dangers of distracted driving, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together on increased education and enforcement efforts for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and California Teen Safe Driving Week, the first week of April.

“Driving takes one’s full attention and any distraction can have deadly, dangerous consequences,” said Chief Carl Charles of the Downey Police Department. “Imagine driving for four or five seconds while blindfolded.  That can be the effect of looking down to send a text message.  In the average time it takes to check a text message – less than 5 seconds – a car travelling 60 mph will travel more than the length of a football field.” 

Throughout the month of April, Police, Sheriff and the CHP will focus on educating the public about the dangers of driving distracted through local media interviews, visits to schools, and traffic safety presentations.  In addition, two dates, April 1 and April 15, have been earmarked for special statewide high visibility enforcement days for all law enforcement agencies that are participating in the national traffic safety campaign.  

The urge to read and answer an incoming message when we hear the text sound can be almost overwhelming. The Office of Traffic Safety is using a message of “Silence the Distraction” in new public service announcements aimed at getting drivers to turn off their phones while driving so they won’t be tempted. 

“No text, call, or social media update is worth a crash,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “With an average of less than a second to react to an urgent situation, drivers need to have all their attention on the roadway.” 

While distracted driving can take on many forms and affects all road users, young drivers are at a greater risk. During “California Teen Safe Driving Week,” April1-7, Impact Teen Drivers will focus on educating teens that their number one killer – reckless and distracted driving – is 100% preventable. “People are realizing that everyday behaviors, such as texting or reaching for a dropped item, can be lethal when done behind the wheel,” Kelly Browning, Ph.D., Executive Director of Impact Teen Drivers, said. 

“Each of us must drive responsibly, keeping full attention to the task at hand - DRIVING.  If you have teenagers in your family who are driving, make sure they understand the laws and what their responsibilities are as well,” Chief Carl Charles added.  “The collective goal with this month-long campaign is to change the behavior of all drivers.  That change begins with education.”

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 March 17, 2015

 Attempt Suicide

 At approximately 11:30 a.m., Downey Police Officers responded to the Florence Avenue overpass at the San Gabriel River regarding an attempt suicide.  When Downey Officers arrived they discovered a female victim in the riverbed suffering from head trauma.   

Prior to police arrival, witnesses reported that the victim, a 25 year old female Downey resident, who was alone at the time, jumped from the overpass in an apparent attempt suicide.  Downey Fire Department responded for medical aid and transported the victim to a local area hospital.  The victim remains in critical condition. Downey Police Detectives are currently investigating the incident and no further information will be released at this time. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2308 or Detective Paul Hernandez at (562) 904-2330.  

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 Mark McDaniel at (562) 904-2370 or Sergeant Dwayne Cooper at (562) 904-2340

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 March 22, 2015

Warren High School Social Media Threat –    
Update 4:00  

 March 12, 2015 The male juvenile suspect arrested earlier today at Warren High School was booked for 422 P.C./Criminal Threats and later released to his parents.  The case will be presented to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall for criminal filing. After speaking with the juvenile suspect, it was discovered that the threat made over social media was intended as a joke.  There are no other suspects involved in this incident.  The Downey Police Department and Downey Unified School District will continue to work together to ensure the safety of our schools and community using all the legal tools at our disposal.

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 March 22, 2015

Warren High School Social Media Threat  

Earlier today, at around 11:45 a.m., the Downey Police Department arrested a male 9th grade Warren High School student for posting a threat of a shooting over social media.   The student was taken into custody at Warren High School without incident.  Downey Police Detectives were able to identify the student through various investigative measures that enabled Detectives to quickly identify and apprehend the suspect.  We have no information to indicate any further threat to students or faculty.

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 February 26, 2015

   Traffic Enforcement Operations Plan for Downey

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

The department has mapped out locations over the past 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 2012, California witnessed 612 pedestrian and 124 bicyclists killed that year while nationally 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed. 

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 23, 2015

DUI Checkpoint Nets 3 Arrests

 Downey, CA – Downey Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on February 20, 2015, at Imperial Hwy. and Rives Ave. between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.  

DUI/Drivers License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.   

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints. Checkpoint results:

-1175 Vehicles Screened
-3 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested
-56 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
-58 Citations issued Downey PD will be conducting another DUI saturation

Patrol on Friday, March 6, 2015 in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon out streets and highways. The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Officer of Traffic Safety, though the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration, Report Drunk Drivers - Call 9-1-1!

 

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 January 1, 2015

Upcoming Block Captain Training Meeting

 The Downey Police Department Neighborhood Watch Program will be hosting its 2nd Annual Block Captain meeting on Wednesday, February 25th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Barbara J. Riley Center, located at 7810 Quill Drive, Downey, CA 90242. During the meeting, Downey Police Detectives will provide Block Captains with tips on residential and vehicle burglary prevention. Representatives from Public Works will also address lighting and speed bump concerns. Additionally, Block Captains will be given an opportunity to network and share their strategies for success. For more information please contact Jennifer Burkhardt at jpreda@downeyca.org or (562)904-2374.

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 December 11, 2014

2014 DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint 
Planned For Next Weekend

Downey, CA – Downey Police Department Traffic Unit, part of the Los Angeles County Avoid DUI Task Force, will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on December 19, 2014, at 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.

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 4 lives and resulted in 96 injury crashes harming 364 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Perry Miller.

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.  Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.

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.

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’. Contact: Sgt. Perry Miller, (562) 904-2343, pmiller@downeyca.org

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