Irvine Police Department

  • Agency: Irvine Police Department
  • Address: 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, 92606 CA
  • Chief: David L Maggard (Chief of Police)
Phone: 949-724-7000
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Irvine Police Department is located at 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, 92606 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is David L Maggard. The Irvine Police Department phone number is 949-724-7000.

Irvine Police Department News

Serial Killer Linked to Two Irvine Homicides Arrested in Northern California Irvine, Calif. (April 25, 2018) – Today, the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office and the Sacramento County Sheriff announced the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, in a cold case referred to as the East Area Rapist, also known as the Original Night Stalker or the Golden State Killer. The East Area Rapist is linked to 12 homicides and 45 rapes over the past four decades. The person who committed these heinous crimes is believed to be the perpetrator of two homicides in Irvine in the 1980s. On Feb 5, 1981, Manuela Witthuhn, 28, was raped and killed in her Irvine home. Witthuhn was a bank teller who was home alone while her husband was in the hospital at the time that she was killed. On May 5, 1986, Janelle Cruz, 18, was raped and killed in her home while her family was away on vacation. She was discovered by Realtors who entered the home. Irvine Police Department detectives have relentlessly pursued this case over the years and actively participated in the multiagency effort to find this notorious killer. “Today’s arrest is the first step in achieving justice for all of the victims and their loved ones who were devastated so many years ago and will forever be scarred,” said Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel. ###

Traffic Talk: Just Drive

Over the weekend, we paid tribute to our incredible volunteers at the Irvine Police Department. Thank you for all that you do each and every day to help keep our community safe.

The public’s perception of police is impacted by attire and other factors, a recent study found. The Irvine Police Department (IPD) partnered with University of California, Irvine doctoral candidate Rylan Simpson to examine how attire and patrol strategy esthetics impact people’s perceptions of the police. Simpson’s Police Officer Perception Project, or P.O.P.P., was published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, with a second article featured in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. For his study, Simpson presented images of police officers in different attire and engaged in different patrol strategies (i.e., in a patrol car, on foot, on a bicycle). The subjects were not aware of what researchers were studying when they viewed the images. Participants were asked to describe the officers seen in the images as “aggressive,” “approachable,” “friendly,” “respectful” and/or “accountable.” Participants expressed relatively positive perceptions of the police, said Simpson, who is part of UC Irvine’s Department of Criminology, Law and Society. However, their perceptions were influenced by the factors Simpson studied. Generally, police officers are perceived more favorably when presented in police uniform than when they are in street clothes. “Merely observing police officers in different attire produces substantial variation in perceptions of them. Like laboratory coats in academia, white coats in medicine, and robes in law, uniforms are important symbols of legitimacy in policing,” Simpson said. Study participants also responded more favorably to police who were on foot or who were riding a bicycle, versus those in a police car, Simpson found. Additionally, officers wearing sunglasses or black gloves or those carrying batons were seen more negatively, whereas those wearing high visibility vests were seen more favorably. The partnership between the Irvine Police Department and UC Irvine on this study was emphasized by Chief Mike Hamel. “The ability for law enforcement practitioners to partner with researchers is extremely important. When Police Departments and institutions of higher education collaborate, such as the relationship we have with UC Irvine, there is great potential to answer many important questions about the criminal justice system and the nature of policing, with the ultimate goal of providing better service and enhancing our credibility,” said Hamel, who is also a graduate of UC Irvine. To read Simpon’s articles, go to https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11292-017-9292-4 or https://academic.oup.com/policing/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/police/pay015/4939537. For more information, email simpson@uci.edu.

Chief Hamel had some fun as Principal for a Day at Orchard Hills School.

The Irvine Police Department is proud to share our 2018 Department Video.

On Monday, the Irvine Police Department kicked off its first ever Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class taught in Mandarin. The program is the first of its kind in the state and is believed to be the first in the nation. The goal of CERT is to provide private citizens with the basic skills needed to protect themselves, their family, and neighbors, and to respond to the immediate needs of the community in the aftermath of a disaster when emergency services are not readily available. The City of Irvine has more than 2,000 CERT members who participate in an array of events, from training exercises to aiding in the search for missing persons. The Irvine PD Emergency Management Unit saw a need to expand upon this training to include the City’s growing Mandarin-speaking population. The Emergency Management team utilized existing staff, including a Mandarin-speaking Public Safety Assistant who became a Certified CERT instructor, to develop this program. The extensive CERT training manual was translated into Mandarin and presentations were prepared in Mandarin. Irvine PD Officers who speak the language are also an integral part of the program. “After many months of planning, it was so exciting to see our Mandarin CERT program kick off last night. Irvine PD staff have invested countless hours over the past six months to make this program possible for our Chinese community, and seeing the enthusiasm of the participants only validated for us how important this was,” said Emergency Management Administrator Bobby Simmons. The inaugural class contains 50 Irvine residents who came to the Civic Center Monday night for the first of eight classes in the course. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The course contains classroom-style instruction and hands-on training. Topics covered include Disaster Operations, Fire Suppression, Light Search & Rescue and more. The class graduates May 2 after a final exercise at Orange County Fire Authority headquarters. For more information on future CERT classes, visit cityofirvine.org/cert.

Last night, the Irvine Police Department made history. The first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class in the state taught in Mandarin was held, with 50 students in attendance. More on this exciting program to come. For now, meet the staff who made it all happen: PSA Jordan Liu, CSO Michael Liu and PSA Christine Tully.

IPD reminds motorists to ‘Just Drive’ as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month Irvine, Calif. (April 9, 2018) – Ten years after “hands-free” became the law, drivers are using their cellphones less frequently, but distracted driving remains a serious safety challenge in California. During Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, the Irvine Police Department (IPD) is reminding motorists to “Just Drive.” IPD will join law enforcement throughout the state to step up enforcement and promote awareness efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to discourage distracted driving. The goal is to increase voluntary compliance by drivers, but sometimes citations are necessary for motorists to understand the consequences of driving distracted. This Friday, April 13, has been designated a statewide enforcement day, when law enforcement agencies will increase distracted driving enforcement activities. The California Department of Transportation will put distracted driving messages on the changeable message signs on freeways throughout April. Traffic officers across the state have issued hundreds of thousands of citations over the past three years to those texting or calling on a hand-held cellphone. Recent legislation now makes it illegal to use your smartphone’s apps will driving. Since 2011, OTS has conducted an observational study of handheld cellphone use every year. “This year’s study on the use of handheld cellphones and texting shows a decrease over past years; however, more work needs to be done to target those who were observed to still be breaking the law,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “The best way to put an end to distracted driving is to educate all Californians about the danger it poses. We will do this through enforcement and education efforts like our new advertising campaign ‘Just Drive,’ reminding drivers to put down their phones and focus on the road.” Preliminary 2017 data also shows nearly 22,000 drivers were involved in distracted driving collisions in California, a decline from the more than 33,000 drivers involved in distracted driving collisions in 2007, the last full year before the hands-free law went into effect. Irvine PD offers the following safety tips: • If you receive a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location, but never on a freeway. Once you are safely off the road, it is safe to text. • Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages. • Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving. • Put your cellphone in the trunk or back seat of your vehicle while driving. Irvine PD is deploying extra traffic officers with grant-funded resources throughout the month in locations with higher numbers of traffic collisions. Violators will be stopped and cited with fines set at $162 for first-time offenders. This campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Irvine Police Department would like to recognize National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 8-14. Please use the numbers listed here for resources that can help.

Irvine Police Department to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Irvine, Calif. (April 5, 2018) – The Irvine Police Department (IPD) will be participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community members can drop off unwanted medications at four designated locations in the City of Irvine. This free service, which allows the public to anonymously discard prescription medications, addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. The participating sites are: Irvine Police Department, 1 Civic Center Plaza, in the parking lot. Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center, 6670 Alton Parkway, near the Alton/Sand Canyon Medical Office Building 1. Hoag Health Center, 16405 Sand Canyon. Irvine Valley College, Parking Lot 5, off the Jeffrey Road and Irvine Valley entrance. IPD urges residents to bring expired or unwanted prescription drugs to the collection sites to eliminate the potential for misuse, abuse or accidental poisoning. Improper disposal of unused or expired medications, such as flushing them down a toilet or throwing them in the trash, can be hazardous to public safety, public health and the environment. Additional information regarding the Drug Enforcement Administration’s national campaign, including other local collection sites, is available at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

Suspect in Anaheim Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Identified Irvine, Calif. (March 28, 2018) – The suspect in an Anaheim Police Department officer involved shooting Tuesday night has been identified as Kenneth John Yamashita-Magarro, 24. Magarro has two no-bail felony warrants in Orange County for drug-related crimes and is on formal probation. On Tuesday at around 10 p.m., an Anaheim Police Department helicopter was following a black Nissan Altima that was driving erratically and in excess of 100 miles per hour on I-405. The helicopter requested units to respond. Prior to those units arriving, the vehicle crashed on I-405 at Jamboree, near the Von Karman overpass. The suspect fled the vehicle and was located shortly thereafter in the area of Von Karman and Quartz. At 10:20 p.m., the suspect was shot by the Anaheim Police Department. Responding officers from the Fountain Valley Police Department and the Irvine Police Department were at the scene when the shooting occurred. The California Highway Patrol also responded to assist. No weapons were located at the scene of the shooting. Magarro remains in critical but stable condition at an area hospital. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an investigation into the officer involved shooting. All inquiries regarding that matter should be directed to the District Attorney’s Office. The Irvine Police Department is conducting the criminal investigation into the suspect’s actions prior to the shooting. The Irvine Police Department’s investigation is ongoing. No further information is expected at this time. ###

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Anaheim Police Officer Involved Shooting Occurs in Irvine Irvine, Calif. (March, 28, 2018) – An Anaheim police officer involved shooting occurred Tuesday night in Irvine. Around 10 p.m., an Anaheim Police Department helicopter was following a vehicle that was driving erratically and in excess of 100 miles per hour on I-405. The helicopter requested units to respond. Prior to those units arriving, the vehicle crashed on I-405 at Jamboree, near the Von Karman overpass. The suspect fled the vehicle and was located shortly thereafter in the area of Von Karman and Quartz. At 10:20 p.m., the suspect was shot by the Anaheim Police Department. Responding officers from the Fountain Valley Police Department and the Irvine Police Department were at the scene when the shooting occurred. The California Highway Patrol also responded to assist. The suspect, an adult male, was taken to a nearby hospital and is in critical condition. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an investigation into the officer involved shooting. The Irvine Police Department is conducting the criminal investigation into the suspect’s actions prior to the shooting. An update on this case will not be available until after 7 a.m. ###

Traffic Talk: School Zone Safety

On National Puppy Day, some great news about an animal abuse case: http://orangecountyda.org/civica/press/display.asp?layout=2&Entry=5513

Traffic Talk: Bicycle Safety for Kids

Irvine Police Department to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Irvine, Calif. (March 22, 2018) – The Irvine Police Department (IPD) will conduct a sobriety checkpoint as part of the department’s continued commitment to reducing injuries and deaths caused by impaired drivers. The checkpoint will be conducted Friday, March 23, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the area of MacArthur Boulevard and Main Street. The checkpoint will be clearly marked and vehicles will be selected for further screening on a pre-set basis to ensure objectivity. Motorists will be greeted and given information about impaired driving. Trained officers will direct suspected impaired drivers to a secondary area for further evaluation. Most motorists will experience little or no delay. This checkpoint is being carried out with the use of grant funding awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety. High-visibility enforcement can reduce drunken driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research has shown. IPD publicizes these highly visible sobriety checkpoints to deter impaired drivers, encourage the use of sober designated drivers and rideshare services, and bring increased awareness to the consequences of impaired driving.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for our area from Wednesday evening through Thursday night.