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

Last night, we had the pleasure to introduce 12 police officers at the Downey city council meeting (pictured with the mayor, council members, and chief). The hiring of additional officers is a direct result of the passage of Measure S by our residents and the appropriation of funds by the Council. #ourcommunityourcommitment

********ATTEMPTED MURDER ARREST******** On Thursday, May 17, 2018, at about 10:20 p.m., officers went to Gloria’s Cocina Mexicana Restaurant (7401 Florence Ave) regarding an aggravated assault that had occurred at the location. They found the victim, a 49-year-old male, suffering from a head wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment where he is listed in critical condition. The victim, who is a Gloria’s security guard, was alerted to a disturbance inside the restaurant involving the suspect and several females. The victim escorted the suspect outside and asked him to leave. The victim and the suspect became engaged in a argument in the parking lot. The suspect entered his vehicle and pulled forward, striking the victim and then drove away. Detectives subsequently arrested the suspect, identified as Hector Jonathan Aceves Vallejo, for attempted murder.

Please Save the Date! Our 6th Annual National Night Out (NNO) will be taking Place on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at Downey Civic Center Area. Event will begin at 5:30pm-8:30pm. Make sure to share the event and add it to your calendar! #downeynno

Congratulations to Corporal Mike Pope and recently retired Corporal Kevin Kendall who were honored tonight at the Downey Unified School District Board meeting. They were recognized for their participation in the School Resource Officer Program. Corporal Kendall was one of the first Downey Police Officers to be selected to the program in 2006 and Corporal Pope began shortly thereafter. Kevin and Mike have both been very proud of their participation in the program and have developed lasting relationships with both District staff members and students. Thank you Mike and Kevin for continuing to foster the great relationship between the Police Department and the Downey Unified School District.

Members of the Downey Police Department were proud to attend the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service today as Whittier Police Department Officer Keith Boyer was added to the Federal Fallen Officer Memorial Wall. Mourning bands with Officer Boyer’s badge number 249 were proudly worn.

This afternoon a male and female entered a medical clinic demanding prescription medication. When they were denied, they assaulted one of the clinic’s employees and stole prescription pads from the office. With the prescription medication abuse epidemic being so large and the thought of what these two could do by making forged prescriptions with these pads, this crime was very concerning. In response, Downey officers immediately responded and were able to capture both individuals as they attempted to flee the area. Both were booked for strong arm robbery and the stolen prescription pads were recovered.

The Police Department would like to introduce Lateral Police Officer Kaili Insalaco who came to us from the Coronado Police Department and begins her field training this week. Welcome to the family Officer Insalaco, we wish you a long and safe career. Officer Insalaco is pictured with Captain Milligan and Chief Charles.

From all of us at the Downey Police Department to all of you, Happy Mother’s Day!

Great community turnout at tonight's Pizza with a Cop! Thank you to MOD Pizza at The Promenade for hosting the event, as well as Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez and Councilwoman Pacheco for attending and engaging our residents!

Surveillance video at a closed business in the area of Woodruff and Stewart and Gray captured images of a subject inside. Officers arrived and along with Canine Dash, searched the interior. A subject was located and taken into custody without incident. Officers are investigating the possiblity that the suspect may be linked to additional burglaries.

We’ll be at the street faire on Brookshire Ave until 4pm today. Come on down and see all the great vendors.

Tonight, it was an honor for members of our department to support the Officer Ricky Galvez Scholarship Gala. At the Gangs Out Of Downey (GOOD) sponsored event, four local high school seniors were each given $2500 college scholarships. The recipients are pictured with the Galvez family. A special thanks to GOOD for helping Downey students and keeping the positive memory of “Ricky” alive.

Retirement Announcement: Captain Steve Garza – 34 years Steve began his career with the Police Department in 1984 as a Police Aide and shortly thereafter, worked as a Police Dispatcher. In 1988, he graduated from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Academy and was sworn in as a Downey Police Officer. In the years that followed, Steve worked Patrol, Community Relations, and the Detective Bureau. In 1995, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he worked assignments in both patrol and detectives. In 2002, Steve was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned to the department’s newly created Professional Standards Unit. Steve went on to work as a Patrol Watch Commander before promoting to the rank of Captain in 2009, and was assigned to oversee the Patrol Division. He remained in that assignment for a few years, until he was transferred and began overseeing the Detective Bureau and the Administrative Division, an assignment he had until his retirement. Throughout his 34-year career at the Police Department, Steve was known as a man of integrity and someone that was always there to support his friends and co-workers. His work ethic was second to none, and he was known as the last person to go home at the end of a long work day. The men and women of the Downey Police Department want to wish Steve, his wife Lisa, and children Craig, Michael, and Marissa the best in his retirement, and congratulate him on an outstanding career.

Don't forget to join us next Wednesday, May 9th, from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Downey Police will be partnering with MOD Pizza for Pizza with a Cop, an event created so that residents and Downey Police Officers may have the chance to chat, and discuss any concerns or questions without any agenda or presentation. A casual night out with your local law enforcement! #pizzawithacop #dpd #downey

Congratulations to Officers Larini, Miller, and Mendoza who were awarded the MADD Deuce award for their efforts in DUI enforcement. Together, they made well over 100 DUI arrests in 2017. Officer Calvin Miller was recognized with the most DUI arrests for Downey PD for the year taking 48 drunk drivers off the streets.

Rex is at it again! He and Corporal Rodriguez seized 17 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop today! Great job Rex!

The Police Department would like to recognize the members of Citizen's Academy Class #18 who completed the 10-week program last week and were presented certificates during a brief ceremony. Their dedication to the program was greatly appreciated, and we hope we met their expectations. We look forward to our next Citizen's Academy which will take place later this year, or early 2019.

Thanks for making our “Drug-Take Back” event such a resounding success! Yesterday, our residents turned in 590 pounds of expired or unwanted prescription medication to members of our Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nogales Department and the family of Officer Jesus Cordova who was shot and killed yesterday while attempting to catch a carjacking suspect.

Sgt. Villegas, along with Officers Ward and Pinal, recently attended the Salute to the Armed Services Breakfast hosted by First Baptist Church of Downey. They had the pleasure of meeting Ed “Doc” Pepping who served in the Military as a Medic and is a Bronze Star Medal recipient for his actions in Normandy in the days following D-Day, during World War II. You might also recognize Ed as one of the original members of Band of Brothers. They also had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Fay Bruner who served in the Navy and is the one of the last living crewmembers from the USS Arizona, the famed ship destroyed during the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor that led to the U.S. entry in World War II. It was an honor and a privilege to meet both of these fine gentlemen.

The police department would like to recognize Lieutenant Mark McDaniel and Sergeant Dwayne Cooper on their promotions to the rank of Captain and Lieutenant, respectively. Mark, a 27-year veteran and Dwayne, a 20-year veteran have worked and supervised patrol, detective, and administration during their tenure. They are pictured with Chief Charles. Congratulations on your well deserved promotions!

Please Mark Your Calendars! Join The Downey Police Department Wednesday, May 9th from 6:00PM-7:00PM at MOD Pizza at the Downey Promenade for Pizza with a Cop event.

The Police Department would like to introduce Officers Irra and Salcido who graduated from the Orange County Sheriff's Academy last Thursday. Both were sworn in today by Chief Charles and begin their field training next week. Welcome to the family gentlemen, we wish you long and safe careers!

Congratulations to the UCLA Women’s Gymnastics Team and our own Felicia Hano, daughter of our Police Officer of the Year, Corporal Ed Hano for winning the NCAA National Title today! We are extremely proud of you! #waytogo

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