Gardena Police Department

  • Agency: Gardena Police Department
  • Address: 1718 West 162nd Street, Gardena, 90247 CA
  • Chief: Ed Medrano (Chief of Police)
Phone: (310) 217-9670

Gardena Police Department is located at 1718 West 162nd Street, Gardena, 90247 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Ed Medrano. The Gardena Police Department phone number is (310) 217-9670.

Gardena Police Department News

Gardena Police Bicycle Team working todays Martin Luther King Jr Parade. Gardena Pride!

It was a foggy night last night and maybe it contributed to this single vehicle collision at Gardena Blvd/Normandie Ave. At 5am Officers had to break a window to the vehicle and thankfully were able to pull the driver out with the help of LACFD. The driver was uninjured.

******UPDATE: 1/11/17 ***** The suspect has been identified as Candido Rivera, 28 years, of Los Angeles. Today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed charges of murder, fleeing a pursuing peace officers motor vehicle causing death, assault on a peace officer, taking a vehicle without consent with a prior, and hit and run driving resulting in property damage. ————————————————————- Tuesday 1/9/17 around 10:30AM, our officers tried to stop a car that was reported stolen from South Gate. When the driver of the stolen car wouldn’t pull over, we initiated a pursuit. At one point, the driver of the stolen car rammed one of our patrol vehicles. The driver, with reckless disregard for human life, led officers on a chase through Gardena and South Los Angeles. The pursuit lasted about three minutes before the suspect crashed into another vehicle and then hit a power pole at 99th and Normandie. The stolen vehicle immediately caught fire. Officers were able to rescue the driver from the burning car, but were not able to pull out the woman who was trapped in the car and sadly she died on the scene. This is a tragic situation all around. The driver of the car was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest for assault on an officer and evading arrest. All of our officers are ok and were not hurt in the chase. Our thoughts are with the family of the woman who was killed in the crash. The investigation is being handled by the Gardena Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.

Do you, or anyone you know, want to volunteer some time for a great cause? The Gardena Police Department and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority needs your help in counting our homeless population throughout LA County. This will be taking place in the City of Gardena on Wednesday, January 24th, from 8-11PM. Visit or contact Detective Dixon,, to find out more information and sign up.

Have a safe and happy New Year from the men and women of the Gardena Police Department! Remember, don’t drink and drive!!

More “Scrooges” off the street! — this boyfriend and girlfriend duo were caught red handed in a Prius stolen today from Manhattan Beach! Also inside the car were drugs and a Santa sleigh’s worth of suspected stolen iPads, cameras, and other property! This was the second stolen car arrest in Gardena today. Earlier, we were able to recover the stolen work truck of a Los Angeles resident, as well as most of his tools, and jail the two Grinches who took it! Nobody enjoys being at work on Christmas Day, but my team was happy to ensure crime victims got the gift of justice! Wishing everyone safe and happy holidays!

Christmas Eve pursuit — An officer working holiday shopping center patrol happened upon what appeared to be a robbery at a local Rite Aid Pharmacy. Several suspects were seen running from the business. They entered a vehicle and left at a high rate of speed, running a red light in the process. The officer attempted to stop the getaway car, and a pursuit began. The suspects’ driving became increasingly reckless. Officers, who drove with concern for the public at the forefront, lost sight of the suspects’ vehicle. The vehicle was found shortly after it crashed into a building in South Los Angeles. The suspects had fled on foot, and are still at large. Fortunately nobody was injured during this incident, and someone’s Christmas wasn’t ruined by these cowardly thieves who have no regard for anyone else!

Merry Christmas 🎄 on behalf of the City of Gardena. Thank you for the support and love!

The sky lights up! Vandenburg launched a rocket this evening.

Our GPD #team4 white elephant gift exchange ended with Officers Avalos and Beerling sharing some Christmas cheer and a sweater. #teamwork #happyfriday #staysafe

Fatal Traffic Collision/Homicide 9:20 pm Victim of the homicide was identified as Jaylen Ramon Bell-Maxwell 21 yrs. out of Los Angeles. ******************************************* 6:45 pm. The scene is clear and now open to thru traffic ****************************************** On Thursday December 21, 2017 at 12:15 PM, the Gardena Police Department received a call of a traffic collision in the 16500 block of Western Ave. between a sedan and a motorcycle. Upon arrival, officers found a male adult being treated by Los Angeles County Fire Paramedics. That male was immediately transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the collision. The identity of the male is being withheld until notification of his next of kin. A preliminary investigation revealed that the male was driving his motorcycle southbound on Western Ave when he became involved in a conflict with a male driving a 2017 Infiniti Q50 sedan. The conflict escalated when the sedan and motorcycle collided in the roadway causing both to veer into a store front in the 16500 block of Western Ave. The driver of the sedan has been identified as Oscar Villa, 24 years, of Hawthorne. Villa was arrested and booked for murder (187 P/C). This investigation is being handled by the Gardena Police Department’s Detective Bureau. Anyone witnessing the traffic collision is encouraged to call Detective David Choi at 310-217-9635. Reference report number T17-6923.

Major crash in the area of 166/Western ave. Please avoid area as it will be closed to traffic for an extended time. Use Normandie or Van Ness for alternate routes.

Great Job Ofcr. Nash

Ofc Nash doing what he does best! Ofcr.Nash was awarded the CHP stolen car expert award recently and his actions prove just how good he is. Last night he was able to safely return a stolen car to the grateful owner within 45 min of the call to police for help. 2 Grinches were thwarted from ruining Christmas! The car was returned undamaged and taken home. Hopefully the Grinches will spend the holidays in jail.

Just a reminder with the Holidays Season upon us we need to slow down and be careful while driving. This unfortunate driver pulled out onto Van Ness from a driveway and struck one of our patrol units. Imagine how they felt...Fortunately nobody was injured and all parties are safe. Stay safe everyone.

Last night was the Annual Gardena PD Explorer Christmas Potluck. The Explorer program is a great opportunity for youth ages 14-21 to explore a career in law enforcement. We are currently accepting applications for the next academy class scheduled in February. For more information, Please contact us at (310) 217-9625.

Tri City Cert Association having its 9th year Holiday Potluck. It’s official-Mayor Cerda received her CERT certificate!

Milkshakes rescue!

All in a days work. We are so happy to reunite two best friends in time for the holidays. Yesterday a frantic woman came up to one of our officers and told her that she had lost her dog, Milkshake, who was wearing a pink coat. Knowing that pets are like family a citywide bulletin was posted looking for the lost pooch. At about 6pm one of our top young officers, Pinela, located Milkshake in traffic on Redondo Beach blvd. Milkshake was shaken and confused looking for her owner. Luckily, Officer Pinela was able to quickly corral the her and we are happy to report that Milkshake and her owner are back together for the holidays.

Thanks Anatalia Morinaka

Our Santa Float continues its journey through the City tonight! Make sure to get your cameras ready for pictures with Santa. First 25 children at each location get a raffle ticket for a toy! HO-HO-HO, Happy Holidays!

December 22nd is fast approaching. Did you fill out your application. Do you have purpose in your life? Become a Gardena Police Officer and make your career an adventure while helping others. We are currently accepting applications until December 22nd, 2017 with written test scheduled for January 13, 2018. Please call Lt. Lee at 310-217-9612, or for questions.

Thanks to the following community members & businesses for donating toys for our annual Santa Float, this wouldn’t be possible without your support: JC Penney (Torrance) South Bay Maintenance SCORE Crystal Bailey & Ashely Bailey Dollar Tree (Lawndale) First Bank THANK YOU & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

The Gardena Police Foundation just released the 2018 College Scholarship Application! The Foundation will award three graduating high school seniors each with a $4000 scholarship! Contact for the application and more information.