Palos Verdes Estates Police Department

  • Agency: Palos Verdes Estates Police Department
  • Address: 340 Palos Verdes Dr West, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 CA
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)
Phone: 310-378-4211

Palos Verdes Estates Police Department is located at 340 Palos Verdes Dr West, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 CA. The Palos Verdes Estates Police Department phone number is 310-378-4211.

Palos Verdes Estates Police Department News

Ever wish you could go back in time? Well you can!! On Sunday November 4th go back in time 1 hour as you set your clocks back for daylights savings time. 😂🤠 Please share so nobody oversleeps.

We hope all you ghosts and goblins had a great Halloween. Thank you for doing your part to make this Halloween fun and safe for all. But, we still aren’t sure if Officer Ix was working or trick or treating.

Last night Chief Velez and Officer Ix joined a panel of experts to talk at the PVHS Red Ribbon Week Parent Education Night. It was great to hear about everyone’s experiences and concerns. We are so fortunate to have a great school-PTA-police partnership.

Don't be shocked when you see one of your local Officers sporting a beard, goatee or a longer than usual mustache, it's all for a good cause! Throughout the month of November, the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department will participate in the "No-Shave November" campaign aimed at bringing awareness and funding for cancer prevention, education, and research. Members of the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department who donate $25 can participate (Palos Verdes Police Officers Association is matching the officers’ donations!) and will go through the entire month of November without shaving. Officers can also participate by donating $25 to wear a mustache pin on their uniform. The facial hair and mustache pin is intended to stimulate conversations with the community about men's health issues. At the end of the month, the funds raised will be donated to the City of Hope’s NoShaver fundraising and awareness campaign ( TO DONATE: Residents and community members can keep an eye on our department's various social media accounts for pictures of our progress at the end of the month.

Okay everyone, we need your help finding this guy's owner. He was found yesterday at Ryan Park. The dog is chipped but the contact information on the chip is outdated. If you know who this dog belongs to, please have them call 310-972-1049. This is a good reminder, chip your dog and keep the chip information current. Please share this so we can quickly get him back home

Have a safe Halloween! If you will be out driving, be sure to slow down and watch for pedestrians. Make sure your Trick-or-Treaters are visible and stay together.

The City of Palos Verdes Estates has promoted Luke Hellinga to Police Captain. Captain Hellinga has been with the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department for 17 years and will be responsible for overseeing the Operations Division, consisting of Patrol, Reserves, Volunteers, Traffic, and Special Events. Captain Hellinga has worked his way up through the ranks and has worked many assignments, which include, Intern, Service Officer, Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, Patrol Watch Commander, and most recently, Detective Sergeant. Captain Hellinga’ s leadership, experience, and deep understanding of the community will serve him well as he transitions into his new assignment.

Today members of the PVEPD participated in Coffee & Cocoa with a Cop at El Pollo Inka in Rolling Hills Estates put on by The Utopian Society Project. We had the opportunity to sit and talk with several families. Thank you for the invite, it was a great experience.

Today during the DEA’s national drug take back day we collected over 15 boxes of old and expired drugs. Thank you to everyone who dropped off their unused and old drugs to the police department for proper disposal.

Today Senior Constable Chris from the Victoria Police Department in Melbourne, Australia visited us and went on a ride-a-long. Always fun to meet law enforcement officers from other countries and share experiences.

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA are partnering to give our community an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Medications (pills or patches) will be accepted for disposal at the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Help to keep the City of Palos Verdes Estates a safe and healthy community!

It’s time for Throw Back Thursday. This #TBT takes us back to the late 60's early-70’s. Great old police car, and how about that station wagon. Good times.

Press Release about the arrest of the home invasion robbery suspects. Eight months of hard work by detectives paid off.

Package thieves arrested! There is nothing more frustrating than having a package you ordered stolen from your porch before you have time to retrieve it. For us, there is nothing more satisfying than catching the thieves who stole your package and returning your property. Yesterday, an alert resident witnessed an individual taking mail from a mailbox/porch area of a home. They called the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department and gave a description of the suspects and vehicle. A PVEPD Dispatcher quickly relayed the information to officers who were on scene within minutes. Officers located the vehicle in the area and conducted a traffic stop. After an investigation, two suspects were arrested for possession of stolen property, identity theft, possession of drugs, and a probation violation. Thanks to the alert resident who knew how important "SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING" is to keep the City of Palos Verdes Estates a safe community.

Today Officer Ix met with kindergarteners at Lunada Bay Elementary School to talk about Halloween safety. Thank you for inviting us. We hope you have a super scary and super safe Halloween.

Thank you Mayor Betty Lin Peterson for your press release about the arrest of 5 home invasion robbers.

HOME INVASION ROBBERY ARRESTS: PRESS RELEASE On March 2, 2018, Palos Verdes Estates Police Department officers responded to a report of an armed home invasion robbery in the 700 block of Via La Cuesta. Officers and detectives arrived and documented this violent crime, examined forensic evidence and started an investigation. On July 8, 2018, PVEPD officers responded to another report of an armed home invasion robbery, which occurred in the 1300 block of Via Coronel. PVEPD officers and detectives again responded. Our detectives analyzed evidence from both scenes and believed both crimes were committed by the same suspects. Through an intense analysis of evidence and data, our detectives were able to identify 5 suspects who they believed to be associated with a South Los Angeles gang. With the assistance of the Torrance Police Department, hundreds of hours of surveillance was conducted and additional information was developed. Our detectives contacted other agencies who had similar home invasion robberies. PVEPD detectives developed enough evidence to believe this robbery crew was responsible for an additional 6 home invasion robberies committed in various cities throughout Los Angeles county. These cities included Rancho Palos Verdes, La Habra Heights, La Canada, Playa Del Rey and Palmdale. The estimated loss of these robberies was 1 million dollars. After this intense, focused investigation and collaboration with allied agencies and the LA County District Attorney’s Office, PVEPD detectives obtained arrest and search warrants. On Thursday, October 18, 2018, the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, with assistance from Torrance Police Department personnel, served several search/arrest warrants in the Los Angeles area related to this investigation. Five suspects were arrested that day and several items of evidence were recovered during the search warrants including two firearms, masks, gloves, handcuffs, zip ties, police scanners, “walkie-talkies”, jewelry, cash and items we believe show gang affiliation. On Monday, October 22, 2018, the case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who filed a total of 60 felony counts. Defendants Estrada, Thomas, Coleman and Cisneros have prior convictions for robbery. The men and women of the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department are dedicated to keeping Palos Verdes Estates one of the safest cities in California. We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of our detectives and law enforcement partners, whose tireless efforts helped put this case together. We know these crimes can be very traumatic to the victims, and hope that they can take some comfort knowing the suspects who did this to them will be held accountable. Further inquiries can be directed to Chief Mark Velez at (310) 378-4211

Yesterday Officers Venegas and Lemmon attended the Lunada Bay Harvest Festival. It was great meeting so many residents and celebrating the start of fall.

Millions of people worldwide practiced Drop, Cover, and Hold today during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. This is a great reminder of the importance for personal preparedness. If your preparedness includes home fix-up, be careful. Hire licensed contractors, get the necessary permits, and always get an inspection. Taking these steps will help ensure your remodel does not end in disaster.

Tuesday’s Top Ten Questions to get to know Sgt. Eberhard.

On Friday we were contacted by a Lunada Bay Elementary parent asking if we would participate in their school's "Reflections" project with a "Heroes among us" theme. Their children wanted to recognize law enforcement as their heroes. We were more than happy to participate. These two pictures were taken and edited by the students, without parental influence. Thank you, and great pictures.

California Office of Emergency Service and the National Weather Services are warning of Santa Ana winds and Red Flag Conditions. Report downed trees and wires immediately, and call 911 if you see smoke or fire.

Numerous dangerous lightning strikes are approaching the Long Beach Area and Palos Verdes Peninsula. Stay indoors over the next few hours until these thunderstorms pass. WHEN THUNDER ROARS STAY INDOORS

Last night the PVEPD held its first ever Teens In Policing (TIP) session. TIP is a six week program geared at interacting with the youth while teaching them what we do. This is a fun group, full of questions. It’s gonna be a fun six weeks.

During last night's City Council meeting SCE did a circuit reliability presentation. Did you know you can sign up for alerts about outages through email, voice, and text messaging? Stay in the know, go to SCE's website, register, and select your preferences.