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
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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

On Friday and Saturday evening, our beat officers, along with a traffic enforcement team, worked the downtown area. During that time, they issued 18 municipal code citations (drinking in public, urinating in public, drug possession, etc), 6 traffic citations, and made 2 arrests (DUI).

Thanks for making our “Drug-Take Back” event such a resounding success! Earlier today, our residents turned in over 350 pounds of expired or unwanted prescription medication to members of our Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Downey Police Department is hosting the last Drug Take-back of the year. Make sure to drop off any unwanted or expired over-the-counter drugs or prescription medication. Please remember, we do not take needles or sharps. The event will run from 10am-2pm. West Parking lot of the Police Department, 10911 Brookshire Ave, Downey, CA 90241 #drugtakeback

**** Auto Theft Arrests **** Earlier this afternoon, an officer patrolling the area around Treasure Island Park came upon a vehicle theft in progress. A park patron left his vehicle unattended in the park’s parking lot and the suspect tried to make off with his car. The car thief arrived in a different vehicle, and that vehicle tried following the stolen car away. The officer cornered both vehicles in the adjacent neighborhood and both drivers fled on foot. The driver of the car that was just stolen tried escaping by running away, but a sheriff helicopter overhead followed him until Downey officers could catch up to him and arrest him. The driver of the second vehicle tried hiding in the backyard of a residence but was arrested shortly thereafter by officers. Further investigation revealed this second vehicle was a car stolen out of the City of Montebello. Inside the car they arrived in were tools commonly used to commit burglaries and it is believed the suspects’ crime spree would have only continued had Downey officers not caught them when they did. Both suspects, adult males from Montebello with gang affiliations, were booked on a variety of charges including vehicle theft and were held in county jail.

PRESS RELEASE CARL D. CHARLES, CHIEF OF POLICE Police Chief Charles announces retirement effective December 5th. Carl Charles, Downey’s Chief of Police since 2012, has announced his retirement after more than 28 years in law enforcement. “For 28 years, it has been my pleasure to serve and protect the residents of Downey as a proud member of the Downey Police Department. I got into law enforcement with the goal of helping to bridge the perceived disconnect between police and the diverse community we serve, particularly the minority populations,” Charles said. Chief Charles started his career in law enforcement with the Downey Police Department in October 1990. He was appointed chief of police in December 2012, becoming the department’s 10th police chief and first African American. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Corrections from California State University, Northridge, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. “On behalf of the citizens of Downey, I want to sincerely thank Chief Charles for his distinguished service to our community,” said Mayor Sean Ashton. “Through his hard work and dedication, Chief Charles has accomplished remarkable things for his department, including building strong community relationships, which has helped instill trust between our police officers and the residents we serve.” Chief Charles leaves Downey with a considerable list of joint accomplishments: the hiring of 10 new police officer positions; formation of a homeless outreach team; improved communications with public and media, including a large social media presence; quarterly “coffee with a cop” community outreach events; citizen volunteer program; introduction of park rangers; equipping officers with body worn cameras; license plate readers citywide; reinstitution of K9 and mounted horse programs; partnership with Los Angeles County Mental Health that allows mental health professionals to ride with officers; and citywide active shooter training, among others. “I wish to express my sincere gratitude for the years of service Chief Charles has given this community,” said Mayor Pro Tem Rick Rodriguez. “His outstanding leadership and his demonstrated ability to work effectively with his officers and the citizens of Downey, has taken the Downey Police Department to new levels in protecting and serving the community.” “Within a six year period, we were able to accomplish a great deal. I believe those accomplishments have positioned the police department to be able to handle future challenges, as police work continues to adapt to the ever changing landscape,” Charles said. “I am extremely grateful for the chance to collaborate with our Downey citizens, city departments, and the members of the Downey Police Department as we tirelessly worked to improve the condition of our city. While I’ll miss the daily interactions and accomplishments, I know that the police department is well prepared for this transition,” said Chief Charles. City Manager Gilbert Livas added, “Chief Charles has led the Downey Police Department with honor, professionalism and respect. He will always be remembered as a respected figure in our community who has served this City well and has many accomplishments of which to be proud. We wish him the very best on his retirement.”

Last night, around 10PM, we received several calls concerning a large roving “car club” (about 200 vehicles) in the parking lot of the Stonewood Mall. As these types of gathering have caused community disturbances in the past (street racing, etc), we responded and contacted mall security, who indicated they wanted them removed. In all, officers issued 23 traffic citations and impounded 1 car.

Thank you to Rio San Gabriel Elementary staff and PTA for their continued suppport of us and the Pink Patch Project. Pink Patch Project

Thank you to the Department of Children and Family Services - Santa Fe Springs Office, for supporting the Pink Patch Project. Staff purchased pink patch shirts and other merchandise from our department as well as the Bell Gardens Police Department and South Gate Police Department. The staff has been proudly wearing these shirts on authorized days from their department. The support was overwhelming and greatly appreciated! Pink Patch Project

The Department would like to introduce our new Office Assistants, Susanna Bustamante and Mia Cornejo, who began their training last week. Susana and Mia are currently assigned to the Detective Bureau, assisting investigators with various clerical tasks. Welcome to the DPD family Susanna and Mia!

Early this morning (about 2AM), we responded to the 8100 block of Firestone concerning a traffic collision. Upon arrival, we learned that a car had jumped the curb and run into a closed business (La Chivas Loca). The driver fled the scene before officers arrived, but was subsequently located and arrested for DUI. Fortunately, no one was injured. #pleasedontdrinkanddrive

Congratulations to Downey’s newest Police Officers, Victor Ugarte and Patrick Skoll, who graduated from the Orange County Sheriff’s academy yesterday. Welcome to the family gentlemen, we wish you both long, safe careers.

The Police Department would like to introduce our two newest Record's Specialists, Sara Mejia and Mayra Salazar. Sara and Mayra began their training period a few weeks ago. We want to welcome them to the DPD family.

Rain or Shine the Downey Police Explorers are always ready to assist. They are assisting at the annual MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Driving) 5K in the City of Long Beach this morning.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Officers Serving For a Cure event at the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. Over $3,700 was raised between tips and merchandise sold! A special thank you to all of the servers at Lazy Dog who helped us raise money for cancer research. #pinkpatchproject

On November 18, 2018, the Downey Police Officers Association and the Friends of the Downey Police K9 Foundation will be hosting the third annual 5K for 5 King run/walk in memory of Officer Ricky Galvez. The event will begin and end at the Columbia Memorial Space Center and will take participants through the Downey Landing and The Promenade at Downey properties. Please see the flyer for further details and how to pre-register. Hope to see everyone there!

Over the course of the weekend, officers walked their regular “foot beat” in the downtown area. During that time, they issued 13 municipal code citations, 21 traffic citations, 1 parking citation, and made 2 arrests.

Just a reminder, our Pink Patch Project fundraiser at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is this Wednesday, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. All proceeds from the event will be donated to City of Hope for cancer research. Hope to see you there.

Catalytic Converter Thieves In Custody While patrolling the area of Brock Ave and Adoree St during early morning hours, Corporal Prentice caught three suspects in the act of stealing a catalytic converter from a vehicle. During the investigation, officers located 10 more stolen catalytic converters in the trunk of the suspects' vehicle. The suspects, each from Los Angeles, are being booked for felony grand theft charges. This is a great example of proactive policing! ***DPD is seeking information from any possible victim who believes they had their catalytic coverter stolen between 10/3/18 and 10/4/18 between 10 pm and 4 am. Detective Weinrich can be reached at 904-2332 or nweinrich@downeyca.org***

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Florence Police Department and Florence County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the families of slain Police Officer Terrence Carraway and the six officers that were shot, as they served a warrant at a home yesterday in Florence, South Carolina. Officer Terrence Carraway was a veteran of 30-years with the Florence Police Department.

This afternoon, an officer conducted a traffic stop. Upon contacting the driver, the officer observed narcotics in the vehicle. Officers conducted further investigation and located 37 pounds of methamphetamine and a kilogram of black tar heroin. Great job in getting these dangerous drugs off of our streets.

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This morning our officers began wearing our pink patches in support of those who have been affected by this disease, and will continue to wear them during October. Shirts, pink patches and challenge coins are also on sale at our Records window. All proceeds from these sales will be donated to a local cancer research organization.