Downey Police Department

  • Agency: Downey Police Department
  • Address: 10911 Brookshire Ave, Downey, 90241 CA
  • Chief: John C. Finch (Chief of Police)
Phone: 562-861-0771

Downey Police Department is located at 10911 Brookshire Ave, Downey, 90241 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is John C. Finch. The Downey Police Department phone number is 562-861-0771.

Downey Police Department News

Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation. The Mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. This event is presented by The Downey Police Department and Sponsored by Starbucks. Questions can be directed to Lt. Alex Irizabal - email: or call 562.904.2369

Last night we hosted the first night of the department's 18th Citizen's Academy. This 10-week program, that meets once a week, allows residents to get a "behind the scenes" look at the police department to better understand how we operate. It also provides a forum for them to ask questions of our law enforcement professionals that they may not have had in the past. Pictured are Mayor Sean Ashton and Chief Carl Charles speaking to the group. General questions about the Citizen's Academy should be directed to Sergeant Terry Goeckner at 562-904-2385 or

Press Release The Downey Police Department

Looking for a career in law enforcement? Downey PD's recruitment team is at Cal State Long Beach today. Stop by our booth and see what the department has to offer.

Downey officers are investigating a major traffic collision at the intersection of Downey Avenue and Imperial Highway. Due to the seriousness of the accident and the investigation that is required, the intersection will be closed for the next several hours. Alternate routes are suggested.

At approximately 4:35 p.m., a homeowner in the area of Rives and Firestone returned home and discovered two subjects attempting to break into the house. The subjects saw the homeowner and fled before making entry. Officers quickly responded and located the two subjects hiding at a nearby business. The subjects were arrested for attempted burglary.

On February 15, 2018, at approximately 10:45 p.m., an alert citizen observed a subject vandalizing a glass window with a marker at a business in the downtown area. Officers arrived and located the subject vandalzing another glass window at a different business. The subject was detained and arrested for felony vandalism.

At last night’s city council meeting, 16 Downey police officers received awards given by the California Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Automobile Club of Southern California concerning the recovery of stolen vehicles. During the past year, the 16 officers recovered 301 vehicles and arrested 139 car thieves. The department would like to thank and congratulate each of them...we are extremely proud of their efforts!

Downey Police officers are assisting the Downey Fire Department with a residential structure fire along the 13600 block of Barlin Avenue. Preliminarily it appears there are no injuries and everyone inside made it out safely. Barlin Avenue will be closed between Prichard Avenue and Century Boulevard for at least an hour, alternate routes are suggested.

The Police Department would like to recognize Officer Marko Milosevich who was promoted to the rank of Corporal on Monday, February 12th. Marko has been with the department for almost 9-years and has worked as a Field Training Officer in our Field Operations Division and is currently assigned to Administration as a Background Investigator. Congratulations Marko, it is well-deserved. Marko is pictured with Chief Carl Charles.

The Police Department would like to welcome Officer Arturo Bravo who lateralled to us from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Arturo will be starting his field training next Monday. We wish him a long, safe career. Arturo is pictured with Chief Carl Charles.

It’s not always the bad guys we’re catching, sometimes it’s the soft and furry ones too!

Today Corporal Mike Pope was invited by Principal Kathy Fountain to speak with the students of Gallatin Elementary School. Corporal Pope was surprised to be swarmed by kids asking for autographs and was honored to sign his name over 100 times! #ourcommunityourcommitment #downeypd #dusd

Today our DPD Homeless Outreach and Mental Health Teams conducted a large scale outreach and clean-up effort in the Rio San Gabriel Riverbed. We contacted and provided assistance to 29 people with the help of our local partners from LA County Department of Mental Health, DMH SB82, PATH, Kingdom Causes, Volunteers of America and LAHSA. Thank you also to our City Public Works and Code Enforcement partners for their help in the clean-up efforts!

Press Release The Downey Police Department

Early this morning, officers located a stolen vehicle westbound on Imperial at Ardis. As they were preparing to stop the car, it pulled into a restaurant parking lot and the driver got out and fled on foot. Officers chased the suspect and arrested her for GTA. The suspect, a Downey resident, was out on bail for a previous GTA and has been arrested for numerous GTA's in the past.

The police department would like to recognize Corporal Melissa Clemann who was promoted to the rank of Sergeant today. Melissa is an 11-year veteran of the department and has worked both patrol and administration during that time. Melissa is pictured with Chief Charles, along with other members of the police department. Congratulations Melissa, your promotion is well deserved.

Tonight, beginning at 9PM, the traffic signal at the intersection of Firestone and Brookshire will be shutdown until approximately 5 AM tomorrow morning. The signal will be in “dark” mode and stop signs will be posted to regulate traffic. If possible, please use an alternate route. .

The department would like to recognize Officer Ralph Diaz who was promoted to the rank of Corporal today. Ralph is a 9-year veteran of the department, currently assigned as a Field Training Officer in our Field Operations Division. He is also the current President of the Downey Police Officer's Association. Congratulations Ralph, it is well deserved. Ralph is pictured with Chief Charles, along with Captains Milligan and Garza.

Here's a great picture one of our day-watch officers took this morning before beginning his shift. Have a great day everyone. #Ourcommunityourcommitment

2017 was a busy year for the Downey Police Department’s recruitment team. During the 12 month period, almost 5,000 applications were processed for both sworn and non-sworn personnel. Of that number, approximately 200 made it to the background process. As a result of the team’s hard work, the department managed to hire 10 Police Officer Recruits, 2 “Academy Trained” Police Officers, 8 Lateral Police Officers, 1 Communications Operators, 1 Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, 1 Parking Enforcement Officer, 1 Park Ranger, 1 Police Aide, 1 Forensics Intern, and 1 Network Engineer. In the coming weeks and months, the team will continue its recruitment efforts for both sworn and non-sworn personnel. Currently the department has immediate openings for Recruit, Academy Trained, and Lateral Police Officers. Lateral Police Officers are also offered a generous incentive package which includes the ability to bring accrued sick and vacation time from their previous agency, along with a $3,000.00 bonus upon their completion of probation. Please visit our recruitment website at for a list of current job openings, along with information on the Downey Police Department.

SCOTT SHOCKEY – 23 YEARS CORPORAL Scott retired today after having been employed at the Downey Police Department for almost 23 years. Prior to joining the department, Scott attended Pepperdine University before signing a professional baseball contract with the Oakland A's in 1989. He retired from baseball in 1995, when he was hired by the Downey Police Department. During his career, Scott worked as a Patrol Officer and a Motor Officer. He also held collateral assignments as a School Resource Officer and as a member of the Department’s Special Response Team. For the last 14-years of his career, Scott held the rank of Corporal and was also assigned as a Field Training Officer. As such, he had the opportunity to train dozens of our new officers, preparing them for their careers in law enforcement. The DPD family would like to thank Scott for his years of service and wish him, along with his wife Mary, and their four children many happy years in his retirement.

We are the protectors and guardians of the people, proudly serving our Downey community. #ourcommunityourcommitment #tuesdaythoughts