West Covina Police Department

  • Agency: West Covina Police Department
  • Address: 1444 WEST GARVEY AVENUE, West Covina, 91790(626)939-8500 CA
  • Chief: Frank J Wills (Chief of Police)
Phone: (626)-939-8500
Fax: (626) 939-8670

West Covina Police Department is located at 1444 WEST GARVEY AVENUE, West Covina, 91790(626)939-8500 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Frank J Wills. The West Covina Police Department phone number is (626)-939-8500.

West Covina Police Department News

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, or DVAM, is an annual designation observed in October. Domestic violence is widespread and affects people from all walks of life; one in four women and one in seven men have suffered severe violence from an intimate partner. The effects of domestic violence can last a lifetime, and each person heals differently. DVAM evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The “Day of Unity” soon evolved into a week, and in October of 1987, the first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. In 1989 Congress passed Public Law 101-112, officially designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DVAM is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of these issues, share resources, and most importantly, support survivors. Your West Covina Police Department recognizes this and would like to bring public awareness to this very serious and important issue.

On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the West Covina Police Department and the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 16th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the CVS Store located at 3670 S. Nogales Street, West Covina. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Location: CVS Store, 3670 S. Nogales, West Covina

WCPD motor officers train often to keep their riding skills up. Thank you Faith Church for letting us use your parking lot for a few hours. Faith Church

Man rescued from rain swollen wash by Police and Fire personnel. http://nixle.us/AFJ56 ^rl

Los Angeles County District Attorney News Release

Is your child safely protected in your vehicle? September 24 - 28, 2018 is Child Passenger Safety Week. The West Covina Police Department along with the CA Office of Traffic Safety is issuing this reminder to make sure you have the proper safety seat for your little ones, especially those ages 12 and under. Be safe! ^rl

Interested in a career with the West Covina Police Department? Take a look at positions that are currently available. Community Service Officer: http://bit.ly/CSOSep2018 Closing Date: Oct 1, 2018 Police Officer Recruit: http://bit.ly/PoliceRecruit2018 Closing Date: Continuous Police Officer Lateral: http://bit.ly/PoliceLateral2018 Closing Date: Continuous Police Cadet: http://bit.ly/PoliceCadet2018 Closing Date: Continuous ^rl

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The West Covina Police Department is one of the many Public Safety Agencies recognizing this and is offering its Pink Patch to the public. Each patch is $10.00. Funds raised go directly to the City of Hope. Those interested in obtaining one of these patches should contact Erica Taylor at the West Covina Police Department by email at erica.taylor@wcpd.org or by phone at 626 939-8549. ^rl

The West Covina Police Department is investigating a felony vandalism and an assault and battery to two West Covina mall security officers. The incident took place on Wednesday night 09/12/18 at approximately 11:00 pm when a large crowd of car enthusiasts showed up in the parking lot of the West Covina Plaza located at 1111 Plaza Drive for a Paul Walker tribute. Video has been posted on social media showing numerous suspects committing vandalism to a mall security vehicle and punching two different mall security officers. The West Covina Police Department is asking for anyone with information regarding the incident or the identity of the suspects to call 626-939-8688. News Release issued by Lieutenant Travis Tibbetts, PIO. For more information, call 626-939-8685 or 626 824-3781 (cell). Video of incident https://jalopnik.com/paul-walker-tribute-car-meet-devolves-into-chaos-secur-1829040768

The West Covina Police Department will never forget. We ask that you to take a moment in remembrance of those who lost and sacrificed their lives that September 11, 2001 day. In honor of Patriot Day, the City of West Covina will fly all of her flags at half staff at each of its facilities. ^rl

The month of September is California Pedestrian Safety Month. The California Office of Traffic Safety, or OTS, has rolled out a new “Go Safely California” brand campaign aimed at both drivers and pedestrians alike to be aware of each other and share the road responsibly. The number of pedestrians killed on roadways remains a growing traffic safety concern. California crash reports show that pedestrian mistakes account for nearly as many crashes as do drivers. The West Covina Police Department supports this campaign reminding everyone to always be alert, especially near and around our schools. Whether behind the wheel or on foot, we must work together to get where we need to go safely. Visit the OTS Website for more information on how you can improve on being safer on our roadways: https://www.ots.ca.gov/Media_and_Research/Campaigns/Ped_Safety/default.asp ^rl

The West Covina Police Department remembers... Today, August 31st marks the 35th anniversary of Officer Ken Wrede’s death. Officer Wrede was killed while attempting to arrest a subject who was reportedly under the influence of PCP. As a Reserve Officer, West Covina Police Chief Marc Taylor rode with Officer Wrede many times, and served with him full time for one month prior to his murder. In honor of Officer Wrede's ultimate sacrifice serving this community, all personnel will be wearing black bands over their badge. This tribute will take place Friday morning August 31st, 2018 at 0600 through Saturday morning, September 1st, 2018 at 0600 hours. As you will see from the attached specifics on the incident, Officer Wrede served this organization with distinction. Please continue to share Ken ‘s story to help keep his memory alive in our hearts. Later today, several personnel from the department both current and retired will gather with Ken’s family to recognize his sacrifice. In 2015 the POA coordinated the installation of a fallen officer memorial street sign at the location of the incident and in our underground parking lot honoring Ken’s sacrifice in the service of this community. Officer Kenneth “Ken” Scott Wrede WCPD ID #203 WCPD Officer Badge #7 Date of Birth: February 12th 1957 WCPD Hire Date: August 1st 1980 End of Watch: August 31st 1983 On Wednesday, August 31, 1983, Officer Kenneth “Ken” Wrede #203 was working as a patrol officer for the West Covina Police Department. At approximately 1219 hours, Officer Wrede was contacted by a citizen who reported a man, possibly under the influence of drugs, acting bizarre in the street. Officer Wrede responded to the area of Lark Ellen Avenue and Francisquito Avenue and began searching for the man. Officer Wrede located the suspect at Francisquito Avenue and Glenview Road. Officer Wrede made contact with the suspect and radioed that the suspect appeared to be high on PCP. Officer Wrede requested another officer to respond to assist him. The suspect refused orders by Officer Wrede and a struggle ensued. During the continued struggle, the suspect was able to rip the shotgun and shotgun rack from Officer Wrede’s patrol unit. The suspect fired the shotgun over the roof of the unit, fatally wounding Officer Wrede. Responding officers located and arrested the suspect near the scene. It was later determined that the suspect was, in fact, high on PCP. The suspect was subsequently convicted and sentenced to death. Officer Ken Wrede was born in Chicago on February 12, 1957, and raised in Anaheim. He graduated from Katella High School in 1975 and went on to attend Fullerton College where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1978. Officer Wrede was hired by the West Covina Police Department in 1980 as he finished the Orange County Police Officer’s Academy at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. He married his wife, Denel, in 1982. While employed with the West Covina Police Department, Officer Wrede was assigned as an officer in the Patrol Division. Officer Wrede is survived by his wife (Denel), and three sisters (Nicki, Karen, and Kerry). Ken’s mother Marianne, and father Kenneth have now passed away. Officer Wrede was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Covina Hills. The City of West Covina named “Wrede Way” after Officer Wrede in 1985. In 2007, the portion of the Interstate 10 freeway from Grand Avenue to Vincent Avenue was named the “West Covina Police Officer Kenneth Scott Wrede Memorial Highway” in honor of Officer Ken Wrede’s service and sacrifice to the City of West Covina. ^rl

DATE OF RELEASE: August 24, 2018 On Thursday August 23rd, 2018, West Covina Police arrested Eddie Ramirez, a 62 year old kick boxing coach, from the Lab Dance Studio in West Covina for lewd and lascivious acts with a child and sexual battery. The arrest stems from incidents in 2017 and 2018 involving juveniles who were kick boxing students of Ramirez. The West Covina Police Department believes there may be additional victims and would like to talk to anyone with information regarding additional victims or witnesses. If you have any information that may assist in the investigation please contact the West Covina Police Department at (626) 939-8688. ^ TR

WCPD Crew 3 officers receive training with K9 Ronin and handler Ofcr. Forman. Sgt. Cortina takes the “bite” using a special suit designed for K9 training. This training better prepares officers to work with and around the police K9’s 🐕😀👍

DATE OF RELEASE: August 15, 2018 On 08/15/18 at approximately 0655 hours West Covina Police officers responded to a call for service at the Kaiser Mental Health facility located at 1502 West Covina Parkway. The call was regarding a suspicious male subject sleeping in a car that was parked in the employee parking lot of the location. The caller also reported seeing something tucked in his waistband. Officers arrived and approached the vehicle. They saw the male sleeping in the car and they could clearly see a handgun tucked in his waistband. Officers were able to retrieve the handgun and resolve the situation safely by being patient and utilizing good tactics. Two of the officers on scene are members of the department’s SWAT team which was instrumental in resolving the situation without use of force or injury. The male was arrested and booked at the West Covina Police Department jail for possessing a loaded firearm. ^tt

The West Covina Police Department and City Hall Social Media sites. Keep them handy! ^rl

Date of Release: August 13, 2018 West Covina, CA. As we enter the final stretch of summer spending time at the pool or barbequing with friends and family, the West Covina Police Department is driving home the importance of celebrating responsibly by not driving, or riding a motorcycle, impaired. The West Covina Police Department is participating in a high-visibility national end of summer enforcement campaign during, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The enforcement campaign runs through the Labor Day holiday weekend, which is one of the deadliest times of year in terms of alcohol-involved traffic deaths. Sadly, one-third of all traffic deaths involve drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,497 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes, or one person every 50 minutes. The West Covina Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on August 17, 2018, starting after 6:00 PM, at an undisclosed location within the city limits. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out. DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. “It’s up to drivers to make the smart decision and drive sober not just for this enforcement period, but every day”, said Marc Taylor, Chief of Police. “This isn’t about ticketing. This is a campaign to get the message out that driving impaired is illegal and takes lives.” West Covina PD will show zero tolerance for impaired driving or riding and joins efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to educate drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning label, you may be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing and result in a DUI, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs. In the ten years from 2005-2015, the percentage of drivers in fatal crashes with an impairing drug other than alcohol in their system has risen from 26.2 percent to 42.6 percent. As far back as 2012, a roadside survey in California showed more drivers tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). There are so many options out there to get home safely, including designating a sober driver, using public transportation or a ride sharing service, etc. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel when you are impaired. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the West Covina Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Date of Release: August 13, 2018 On August 12, 2018 at approximately 0939 hours, West Covina Police officers were dispatched to the 100 Block of North Azusa Avenue regarding a male in a vehicle who was not breathing. Officer Stephanie Waidley was the first officer on scene and recognized the male was likely suffering from a drug overdose. Corporal Eddie Flores arrived and retrieved the Narcan from his patrol car. Officer Josh Brenes also arrived on scene and immediately pulled the man from the vehicle. The man was in cardiac arrest and the officers began CPR. The officers also administered Narcan which was effective in saving the man’s life. The man was transported to a local hospital for treatment and released the same day. With the funding authorized by the West Covina City Council, the West Covina Police Department began placing Narcan in every patrol car approximately two months ago. The availability of Narcan to officers in the field allows them to administer the drug and not have to wait for the fire department which has proven successful in saving the lives of those who overdose on narcotics.

#NationalNightOut2018 There are a total of 14 events this year. There's a kickoff at The Plaza WC at 5pm. Then public events at McIntyre Square and Shadow Oak Park at 6pm. See the flyer for details or visit westcovina.org/nno ^^DS

We honor and remember the life of Deputy Juan “Abel” Escalante EOW 8/2/08 who was killed at his home 10 years ago today. Chief Marc Taylor, Captain Richard Bell, along with several members of the WCPD and family attended his grave site to honor and remember him. Celeste Owens, a records clerk for WCPD was married to Deputy Escalante and was surrounded by love ones on this 10 year anniversary of his death. #NeverForgotten

Join us as we congratulate WCPD's Volunteer William Cagle who was one of the recipients of the 2018 Public Safety Volunteer Award presented by California Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. during a ceremony held yesterday. The award recognizes William for his outstanding service and dedication to the people of California. Great job Mr. Cagle! If you are interested in knowing more about West Covina Police Department's Volunteer Program, visit the WCPD website at https://www.wcpd.org/recruiting/ and scroll down to the Police Volunteer section. ^rl

NEWS RELEASE: 4 Suspects arrested by WCPD for Hot Prowl Burglary. nixle.us/A9TDY ^rl

SAVE THE DATE! National Night Out Celebration is Tuesday, August 7, 2018. More information to follow soon.

The West Covina Police Department wishes everyone have a safe holiday celebrating our Country's Independence. It is fitting that we remember the reason for this holiday, and that we honor the memories of, and recognize our current military and public safety members protecting this freedom. ^rl