Always lock your doors and windows even when leaving for "just a minute."
Never leave a house key available under a doormat, in a flowerpot, or on the ledge of a door. These are the first places a burglar will look!
All exterior doors should be made of solid core wood or metal and have dead bolt locks with at least a one-inch throw that extends into the frame.
Increase the security of sliding glass doors and windows by installing additional security locks. To prevent the door or window from being lifted out of the track, drill a hole through the door/window frame and the fixed frame; then insert a pin into the hole.
Install a peephole in your front door. NEVER open the door to someone you don't know!
Use timers so that lights, radios, and televisions go on and off throughout the house to give the appearance that someone is home.
Install exterior lights on timers that illuminate your doors and windows at night.
Cut shrubbery back so it doesn't hide doors or windows. Cut back any tree limbs that a burglar could use to climb to an upper-level window.
Ask to see the identification for any repairman or delivery person before opening your door. If you are suspicious, call to verify.
If a stranger asks to use your phone, offer to make the call for them. Have the person wait outside.
Never let a stranger know you're home alone, whether the person is at your door or on the phone.
Know where you're going and the safest route to your destination.
Walk at a steady pace, with your head up. Look confident and avoid looking down at the ground.
Stay in well-lit areas and choose routes where other people will be walking. Walk with a friend whenever possible.
If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and head towards a busy area. If a vehicle is following you, turn around and walk in the opposite direction.
Carry a whistle or personal alarm. The noise may scare off an attacker.
Vary your route while jogging or biking. Avoid isolated areas and exercise with a friend whenever possible.
If you carry a purse, hold it securely between your arm and body.
If you are wearing personal audio devices (I-pods / MP3 players) or using cell phones, keep them out of sight to avoid being an easy target for a street robbery.
Stay Safe While Driving
Avoid fumbling for your keys; have them in your hand as you approach your car.
Always check the back seat for uninvited guests before getting inside.
Keep enough gas in the tank so you won't get stranded.
While driving, keep all doors locked and windows rolled up most of the way.
Stay on well-traveled, well-lit roads.
If you are being followed by another car, drive into an open gas station, stay in your car, and ask the attendant to call the police. Better yet, drive straight to the nearest police station for assistance. Park only in well-lit areas at night.
Check for strangers who might be "casing" the area before you exit your car. Honk your horn and drive away if such a person advances toward you.
If you are "rear-ended" by another vehicle, motion for the driver to follow you to a public place. "Bump and rob" artists stage such accidents to lure unsuspecting drivers out of their cars to rob them of their wallet or purse. If a driver won't follow you, obtain as thorough a description as you can and report the incident to the police.
For shopping cart retrieval please call (800) 252-4613.
At time of call please have the street name, cross street name, and city where the cart is located. Other details that help with cart retrieval and that can also be left at time of call include, the cart being located at the rear of a property, cart located on private property, etc.
Where can I pay my traffic fines?
Traffic fines, small claims, criminal and civil recording information can be found at: Los Angeles Superior Court - Southeast District
7500 East Imperial Highway
Downey, California 90242
Traffic: (562) 803-7046
Small Claims: (562) 803-7053
Civil Recording: (562) 803-7052
Criminal Recording: (562) 803-7049
Who can I contact about graffiti removal?
Graffiti must not be allowed to remain on any public or private place. Graffiti removal services are available by calling the 24-hour Graffiti Hotline at (562) 923-4484.
Who can I contact about illegally dumped items?
Illegally dumped items can be reported to (562) 904-1161. Please have the type and location of illegally dumped item at time of call.
Who can I contact about large unused objects to be discarded?
Special pickups are available for large appliances such as old refrigerators, mattresses, furniture or other items by calling Calmet, Inc. at (562) 869-0901.
What is being developed at Downey Landing site?
Downey Landing General Information. Downey Landing represents an immense and long-term expansion opportunity for the city. The site provides for the development of a mix of uses including commercial, media, medical, business, educational and open space that forms a distinct district. It is an asset for the community and its economic growth.
How do I get a Yard/Garage Sale permit?
Visit the Cashier's window at City Hall, fill out a Yard/Garage Sale application and pay a $10.00 fee for a two (2) day permit.
Note: Yard sale permits will only be issued to the person who resides at the address of the yard sale. Proper identification must be presented showing the address. Proper identification is defined as a valid California Driver License or California ID. If the address on the applicant's identification is not the same as the address applied for, a current utility bill in the name of the applicant resident showing that address must be provided before a yard sale permit will be issued.
Other permit arrangements may be made by contacting Code Enforcement at: (562) 904-2392.
Complete Garage Sale regulations are contained on the back of the Display Permit issued to the resident at the time the permit is issued. If you decide to conduct a Garage Sale please read these regulations carefully.
Downey City Hall Cashier, First Floor
11111 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241
What are the minimum requirements to become a Police Officer?
The following is a list of the minimum requirements to become a Police Officer:
High school diploma or G.E.D. certificate
21 years of age by the end of the police academy
Height in proportion to weight
Vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes: free from color-blindness
Hearing within normal limits
Valid Califomia driver's license
United Stales citizen or an application for cllizenship within the past 12 months
No use of tobacco products either on or off duty
What are potential reasons why a person may be disqualified from the background process?
Lying or deliberately misstating or misrepresenting information either orally or in writing
Recent use of illegal drugs
Illegal sexual activity
Theft, including theft from the workplace
Any felony conviction, or act committed that would be a felony
Incidents of domestic violence
Poor credit history
Multiple traffic moving violations (speeding, red light violations, speed contest, driving under the influence of alcohol, etc.)
Terminations, reprimands, and poor behavior at work
Harassment or discrimination towards others based on race, gender, and sexual orientation
The above items are not all inclusive, but rather list examples of behavior that may result in disqualification. Few things are automatically disqualifying. Your background is taken in context. For example, more recent or recurring events carry more weight than something occurring once or many years ago.
Honesty is the hallmark of our profession and any dishonest answer to the background investigator will result in disqualification. Failure to disclose any relevant information to the background investigator is considered dishonesty and will result in disqualification from our process. Oftentimes we find candidates who attempt to conceal information that would not have been disqualifying had they been honest
What is the recommended physical fitness level when entering the academy?
When a recruit begins the academy they should be able to run 3 ½ to 4 ½ miles at a nine minute pace. It is recommended that the recruit trains by running on asphalt, not treadmills, between the hours of 1 to 4 p.m. This is recommended because most of the physical training sessions will occur on asphalt surfaces during these hours.
A recruit should also be able to do several sets of push-ups, squat thrusts, sit-ups and “mountain climbers.” At the beginning of the academy the recruit will do several sets of 10 repetitions. During the academy the sets will increase and the repetitions will increase to 25. A test to determine whether you meet the requirements is to time yourself for five minutes, alternating 10 push-ups and 10 sit-ups. You must complete a set of 10 before moving on to the next exercise. When you complete a repetition of 10 you immediately move on to the next exercise. Your goal is to be able to do 50 or more of each exercise in the five minute period. A recruit should also be able to climb a solid six foot wall with little difficulty.
A recruit should not enter the academy thinking that the academy will help them become physically fit. Entering the academy at a low physical fitness level will cause the recruit to struggle and often times to be unsuccessful. Applicants should take the proper steps to ensure they are at a high physical fitness level. At a minimum, the recruit should begin a training regimen six to eight weeks prior to the start of the academy.
How can I obtain a birth/death certificate?
Records for birth certificates are available for births occurring in Los Angeles County since 1876. Records for death certificates are available for deaths occurring in Los Angeles County since 1892. An Authorized or Informational certified copy of a birth/death record will be provided.
Los Angeles County Registrar/Clerk's Office
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, California 90650
What hours do Downey Police Officers work?
Downey Downey Police Officers work three 12 1/2 hour shifts with one additional 10 hour payback shift each month.
The days off vary depending on assignments and seniority.
Does the Downey Police Department hire Police Officer Laterals?
The Downey Police Department accepts applications for Police Officer Laterals on a continuous basis. The Police Officer Lateral must be in possession of a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate when they complete their employment application. The next step in the hiring process for the Police Officer Lateral is the oral interview. The written examination for a Police Officer Lateral is waived.
What are the special assignments at the Downey Police Department?
The following is a partial list of the special assignments at the Downey Police Department:
Special Enforcement Team Officer
Field Training Officer
Detective Bureau. including Narcotics. Robbery/Homicide. and Gangs
Is there a tuition reimbursement program?
The City of Downey offers to pay for tuition related to career development. The City will reirnburse the officer the equivalent tuition charged at California State University, Los Angeles, and California State University, Long Beach. The City of Downey also pays for all required books.
There is also a pay incentive for officers who possess a degree. Officers are paid an additional 4% for having an AA degree and an additional 7.5% for a BA degree.