Westminster Police Department

  • Agency: Westminster Police Department
  • Address: 8200 Westminster Blvd. Bldg. 5, Westminster, 92683 CA
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)

Westminster Police Department is located at 8200 Westminster Blvd. Bldg. 5, Westminster, 92683 CA. The Westminster Police Department phone number is (714) 898-3315.

Westminster Police Department News

Our K-9 Pako made a stellar appearance at the OCPCA Annual Dog Show.

Westminster Centenarian Gertrude Helen Watt, also known as Trudy W. Nickerson, was honored at last week's Council meeting for reaching 100 years of age. She was raised on a small farm in Nebraska and eventually made her way to Southern California where she enjoys the weather. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Watt! Also, who looks more excited: Chief Ornelas or Ms. Watt?

Join the WPD Detective Bureau for coffee on November 2, 2018, at 6 AM-10 AM as we support the Special Olympic Athletes at our local Dunkin Donuts (Goldenwest & Mcfadden). You'll have a chance to donate to the Olympics and meet some athletes. Thank you!

Thank you to the students at Little Light Preschool for the awesome thank you poster and card for Officer Hartman and Pako! #kidsrock #cantwaitforournextvisit #welovepako

PAKO! Officer Hartman and Pako stopped by to visit the students at Calvary Chapel this week. It's always a pleasure to see all the amazing kids! Thank you Pastor Benoun for setting this up. #pakoloveskids

UPDATE-the attached video is of the alleged suspect in the assault that occurred on a special needs man at the In & Out Burger in Westminster. Pay close attention to the suspect, his clothing and shoes, and his voice. This segment is post-assault, not the actual assault, WARNING=GRAPHIC LANGUAGE. DONT WATCH THE VIDEO IF YOU ARE A MINOR OR ARE EASILY OFFENDED. Contact Commander Knauerhaze if you have any information at 714-548-3791, you can remain anonymous. If you are the suspect and you are watching this, come to WPD and turn yourself in--otherwise, we'll find you ;-)

Boot Burglar Booked: On 10-16-18, at approximately midnight, we received an audible alarm call at a shoe store in the 14000 block of Beach Blvd. Officers arrived quickly and located a smashed front window and open rear door to the business. The suspect broke the window, stole a knife and pair of boots and fled prior to officers arrival. Thankfully the store had a good surveillance system that captured the entire crime. Officers searched the area and located the suspect after he just committed another theft at a nearby liquor store. The officers were quick to piece together the puzzle and recognized him from the burglary surveillance video and he was wearing the stolen property on him. Needless to say he was arrested and all of the stolen property was recovered. #thesebootswerentmadeforwalking #crimedoesntpay #notinwestminster #incustody #nextstopOCJ

HELP-The subject in the attached flyer is wanted for questioning in an assault that occurred in the 6200 blk. of Westminster Blvd (In & Out Burger). The victim, a special needs man, was punched multiple times because he was not moving quickly enough after placing his food order. SHARE this, please! Attacking vulnerable members of our community is not only cowardly, but it is despicable. Help us bring a suspect to justice. Contact Detective Vasquez at 714-548-3815 or Commander Knauerhaze at 714-548-3791 if you can identify him, thanks.

Here is an update regarding one of our homicides from 2004. Great work by everyone involved in this case (past and present).

STRUCTURE FIRE - There is a structure fire in the area of Weststate south of Bolsa. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic is being diverted in the area. Please avoid the area for the next several hours. No known injuries at this time.

BURGLARY SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY - At 0337 hours this morning, an alert citizen observed 2 suspicious subjects loitering in front of a pharmacy in the area of Westminster and Beach. Shortly afterwards she heard glass breaking and saw the subjects removing boxes from the pharmacy. She dialed 9-1-1 and kept dispatch updated regarding what was occurring. Officers arrived within 3 minutes and 2 suspects fled on foot. One was quickly apprehended. The other suspect fled into the residential tract. With the assistance of OCSD's helicopter Duke and K9 from Placentia PD, the other suspect was also captured. The suspects were also charged with resisting arrest and parole violations. One was on parole for 2nd degree homicide and the other was on parole for robbery. Thank you to the alert citizen who reported this crime and thank you to Duke and Placentia PD for the assist! The suspects are currently enjoying their time in OC Jail! #ifyouseesomethingsaysomething #hookemandbookem #youcanrunbutyoucanthide #flirimaging #k9willsniffyouout

Remembering one of our own Sgt. Marcus Frank - Today we held a memorial ceremony in honor of Sgt. Marcus Frank. During his 28 years at WPD, Marcus spent a great deal of his career studying gangs and Asian organized crime. He became an expert in his field. He was the first local law enforcement officer to visit and teach government officials in Vietnam about Asian criminal enterprises. He also provided training across the United States and Canada. Many of our officers never had the opportunity to meet and learn from Marcus. Marcus was dedicated, hard working, and quick witted. Unfortunately he lost his battle with a work related illness on October 10, 2007. He is survived by his 3 sons. We love and miss you Marcus! #neverforget #thinblueline

Register now at AlertOC.com to be part of the 8th Annual #AlertOC Test on October 3rd! You must register with AlertOC to receive the test message.

WPD has access to a robot? YES!! We are constantly looking for ways to improve officer safety and public safety through technology. Read on.

A quick article on some of our efforts involving bike and pedestrian safety. Be careful out there!

ARRESTS - Last night was a busy night in Westminster. Our gang unit was out with GGPD’s gang unit and probation officers conducting a gang sweep. The result was 12 gang members in custody for violation of probation, possession of meth and heroin, one for robbery/assault with a deadly weapon, and one with a 12” knife concealed in his waistband. Patrol also arrested 3 for DUI and one for possession of a handgun and threats for a total of 16 criminals taken off the streets and a good amount of drugs confiscated. #westillhaveroominourjail #vacancy #justsaynotocrime

On 9-24-18, at approximately 12:51 AM, WPD officers responded to a supermarket in the 9200 Block of Bolsa Avenue in response to a burglary alarm. Officers arrived within 1 minute of receiving the call and located an open rear door. Officer conducted a thorough search of the business utilizing K9 Pako which took almost 30 minutes due to being such a large building. During the search, officers located a suspect hiding in a back room and safely took him into custody without incident. The surveillance video showed the suspect searching the business for valuables and then hiding when he heard the police on scene. Thanks to good tactics and teamwork, the help of our awesome K9, and a quick response, we were able to apprehend the suspect and booked him at OCJ for felony burglary! #catburglar #dogapprehender #Pakoinaction #quickresponse #WPD’sfinest #westminsterpdk9

The Slater Avenue bridge over the 405 freeway will close at 1 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in anticipation of demolition. The bridge will be closed for reconstruction, and will not be accessible to motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians for approximately 12 months. Just a reminder that the McFadden/405 bridge is still closed for approximately more 11 months.

Mass Notification Test Message - The Orange County Regional Test of the AlertOC System is canceled for September 20th and has been rescheduled for October 3, 2018, 11:18 a.m. to coincide with the National Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) scheduled October 3, 2018. The test was postponed to October 3rd due to the ongoing devastation from Hurricane Florence on the east coast. For those who haven’t registered for the Orange County Emergency Notification System – you still have time to do so. www.alertoc.com We care that you’re prepared!

IT’S NATIONAL FORENSIC SCIENCE WEEK-We would like to recognize our Forensic Technicians, Nicole Dixon and Rachel Booth-our real-life CSI professionals. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to catching criminals through science and technology, we could not do it without you.

With all the serious things we deal with in law enforcement, it's refreshing when we come across something that makes us laugh. This is video from inside the elevator in the PD parking structure. We hope it brings a smile or good laugh to you as it did to us #moveslikejagger #tinydancer #flashdance #thesafetydance #dancingwithmyself

CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS! Sharing this information from our partners at WAGS "This past year WAGS has been burdened with more stray animals and owner relinquished animals than ever before. This year alone we have taken in over 3500 animals. The normal intake from previous years was 2100 animals. While we are proud of the care we have been able to provide, we’ve seen a huge increase in overall costs. For help in understanding the funds we receive, here is a simple explanation. WAGS contracts with the cities of Westminster and Stanton for the care of the animals on the first 5 days. After the five days, all the animals and all the cost associated to provide medical care become the responsibility of WAGS. These cost include spay/neuters, medical and housing costs. WAGS relies on adoption fees and donations to help cover these additional costs. The recent extreme intakes and care costs WILL have an affect our ability to continue these long term commitments to the animals!! Please help us care for the WAGS animals until the are adopted ! We are in need of reaching a $50K goal to keeping doing all that WAGS does. To date we've raised $18,600, which is 37% to goal. Please consider a donation or sponsorship for our event! Visit: http://wagstoriches2018.eventbrite.com/ We thank you in advance for any help you can give WAGS. Donate - Sponsor - Attend WAGS to Riche$ 2018. You will be so happy to be part of WAGS."

Officers are currently working a vehicle vs. street sweeper crash, N/B Bolsa Chica Road at Westminster Boulevard. This crash appears to be speed related. A Sig-alert has been issued, northbound Bolsa Chica Road has been reduced to two lanes at Westminster Boulevard. This crash is related to a previous, non-injury, hit and run at Rancho Road and Bolsa Chica Road, the Huntington Beach Police are assisting on that crash. Traffic investigators are currently on-scene. PLEASE USE ALTERNATE ROUTES FOR THE NEXT FEW HOURS.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Reyes’ family and Costa Mesa Police Department as they deal with such a sudden and tragic loss of one of their family members!

Have you signed up to receive mass notification messages through AlertOC? AlertOC is a mass notification system designed to keep OC residents and businesses informed of emergencies and certain community events. By registering with AlertOC, time-sensitive voice messages from the County or City in which you live or work may be sent to your home, cell or business phone. Text messages may also be sent to cell phones, e-mail accounts and hearing impaired receiving devices. AlertOC is operated by the County of Orange in collaboration with local cities. Register today. A countywide test message will be sent out on Thursday, September 20th at approximately 11:20 a.m.