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

While you slept. Early this morning, an officer stopped a car and discovered the driver was in possession of a load firearm. Needless to say, the driver went directly to jail and did not collect $200 (Monopoly reference for those that remember).

‪The PVEPD wants to remind you that driving intoxicated is against the law, this includes under the influence of marijuana. Don’t risk it, you will be arrested.

Congratulations to Officer Lemmon for graduating motor school. Expect to see him working traffic enforcement soon (officers in red are the motor instructors).

Help prevent the spread of distemper-your pets are depending on YOU! Learn more about distemper: Courtesy LA County Veterinary Public Health: From February 2017 through April 13, 2018, multiple clusters of suspected distemper in raccoons were reported to Veterinary Public Health (VPH). During that period, local animal control agencies reported a total of 303 sick raccoons with signs compatible with distemper. Most of the cases were reported during the winter of 2017-2018, with the peak occurring in January 2018 (66 cases). In 2017, clusters were primarily reported from the San Gabriel Valley, the South Bay, and LA Harbor areas. The most recent clusters, in 2018, were reported in Santa Clarita and the San Fernando Valley. Nine of the 303 raccoons were necropsied and all nine confirmed to have distemper. Several necropsied raccoons also had evidence of rodenticide exposure and one had Leptospirosis. Thirteen raccoons were also tested for rabies and found to be negative. Distemper is a viral infection that can infect dogs, raccoons, skunks, foxes, and large cats such as lions and tigers. The virus does not cause disease in cats or humans. In LA County, raccoons are the local reservoir species for distemper. Dogs can become infected with the distemper virus from direct contact with a sick animal or being near an infected animal when it is coughing or sneezing. The virus can also be transmitted through shared food and water bowls, or other objects that were contaminated by an infected animal. Puppies and unvaccinated dogs are at highest risk of catching distemper. Common clinical signs of distemper in dogs include discharge from the eyes and/or nose, fever, coughing, lethargy, disorientation, tremors, and seizures. The clinical signs are similar in raccoons and other wildlife. Currently, there is no treatment for distemper so preventing the disease in dogs is crucial. Los Angeles County veterinarians are advised to: 1. Vaccinate dogs for distemper: Puppies should receive a series of 3 or more distemper vaccines between the ages of 2 and 4 months. The vaccine should be boostered a year later, then every three years for life. 2. Protect puppies: Advise dog owners to keep puppies at home and away from unfamiliar dogs, until they have completed the vaccination series. Use caution when socializing dogs or in areas where dogs congregate, such as dog parks, doggy daycare, and boarding facilities. 3. Keep dogs away from wildlife: Advise dog owners to never allow their dogs to have contact with wildlife. 4. Keep pet food and water indoors, away from wildlife: Advise dog owners that pet food and water left outdoors attracts wildlife, which can spread distemper to their dog. 5. Report all cases of distemper in Los Angeles County: Karen Ehnert, DVM, MPVM, DACVPM Director, Veterinary Public Health Los Angeles County Department of Public Health 313 N. Figueroa St, Room 1127 Los Angeles, CA 90012

It's National Volunteer Appreciation Week! The Palos Verdes Estates Police Department is so thankful to all our volunteers who help make the City of Palos Verdes Estates a wonderful city. “What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” — Aristotle Our volunteers do BOTH! You are truly appreciated. If you would like to join our awesome group of volunteers, please contact Marcelle Herrera at 310-378-4211.

Last night, Captain Tony Best had the pleasure of presenting our Wildlife Watch program at the Peninsula-wide community meeting. Our goal is to get residents involved with Wildlife Watch programs in their cities. Great partnership with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, City of Palos Verdes Estates, City of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, and @CityRollingHillsEstates to keep coyotes wild and people/pets safe. If interested in becoming a Wildlife Watch volunteer please email Captain Tony Best ( for more information. Upcoming training dates 4/28 and 5/5. To learn more about coyotes visit:

Attending the Annual Executive Workshop for Police Chiefs. Great chance to network with LA, San Diego, and Orange County Police Chiefs. Topics discussed include leadership, substance abuse, wellness, the Los Vegas shooting, and legal updates. While I’m away, Captain Best will be in charge.

The PVEPD wants to remind you that thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals. Don't be scammed, check out the IRS website or call the PVEPD and talk with an officer.

Another great arrest to report. Today at 4:45 pm we got an automated license plate reader (ALPR) hit on a stolen vehicle entering PVE. Officers conducted a felony traffic stop in the 1500 blk of PV Dr West and took 4 people into custody. Detectives are currently investigating them for committing more crimes in the South Bay. Busy shift, great teamwork. That makes 10 people in the PVE jail today!

Today a motorist saw what they believed was a drunk driver that had entered PVE and called us. Officer Belda located the driver within 2 minutes and made a traffic stop. The driver was arrested for DUI. It turned out the driver hit a tree and a stop sign and almost rear ended a school bus. Preliminary results show the driver was almost 4 times the legal limit. Thank you to the reporting party. See something, say something works!!

Great arrest last night by Officer Jon Ix. At 3:30 am, he pulled over a car for a mechanical violation. Further investigation revealed the occupants had a large amount of stolen mail(over 40 envelopes) and an assortment of illegal drugs. Four people arrested, booked, and are sitting in our jail as detectives continue the investigation.

We currently have an officer attending the San Bernardino Sheriff’s motor school. This is a two week intensive training program. Yet another way we will be addressing traffic issues. We expect him to graduate this Friday.

Out at Palos Verdes High School for an interview with the school newspaper, The PV Point. Great interview. Always happy to give an interview.

Today officers attended the emergency drill at Lunada Bay Elementary School. Great job by teachers, staff, and the kids. Another example of the police and schools working together to keep our kids safe.

Today while at the Lunada Bay flag raising ceremony, the department was awarded the Honorary Service Award by the school and PTA. It’s is in recognition or our outstanding service to the school and community. Thank you so much. #pv #palosverdesestates #award #awards #recognition #lunadabay #lunadabayschool #service #communitypolicing #relationships #schoolsafety #school #kids #greatschool

Visited Palos Verdes high school and got a sampling of their play, Kiss Me Kate, starting on Friday. So impressed with what these students are accomplishing.

‪Was at the gym and a LA City firefighter recognized me as the Chief and knew Im a die hard USC fan. He gave me the FD patch for the USC fire station. So cool, many thanks.

What’s better than donuts? Custom made PVEPD cookies. Thanks Jim

‪At Lunada Bay Elementary School talking to the kids in the leadership class. So thankful to be invited to these classes. ‬

Overall unofficial result is 70.68% YES. Still some outstanding ballots to count. Official result to be given at the April 24 at the City Council meeting.

Two precincts counted, 71.4% yes. Two precincts left.

Vote by mail ballots are in, 72% YES. Next up, ballots from the ballot boxes.

‪Time for some afternoon traffic enforcement. Remember to drive safe.

Meeting with Valmonte School Principal Codean Reed and the Valmonte PTA. Great discussion about school safety, police-school relations, and disaster preparedness. Thank you for asking great questions and providing delicious donuts.

The Palos Verdes Estates PD would like to warn drivers against the latest trend of thefts hitting Southern California. "Sliding" is when a thief opens the opposite car door to slide in and steal purses or wallets and then quickly gets into another vehicle. Make sure to keep your doors locked while pumping gas and to keep all of your valuables out of sight. Do not let your cell phone distract you and make sure to be aware of your surroundings.