Covina Police Department

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Investigations

Covina Police Department Investigations, commonly referred to as the Detective Bureau, is comprised of 6 full-time investigators, 2 Community Impact Team (CIT) Detectives, 2 detectives assigned to regional task forces, a part-time Youth Accountability Board specialist, a part-time planner, and is led by two sergeants.

Some cases are initiated by detective personnel; however more commonly, detectives follow up investigations initiated by the Patrol Division and work these cases to a conclusion. Detectives often write search warrants and handle volumes of evidence in the course of their duties. Detectives are also responsible for presenting cases to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for filing considerations and following these cases through the justice system to their conclusion. Additionally, detectives work with other municipal, county, state and federal agencies to accomplish their investigative goals.

Cases assigned to Covina Police Department detectives are generally divided into two categories; crimes against persons or crimes against property. The Sergeant is responsible for assigning cases to a specific investigator who is then responsible for handling the case to conclusion. Cases lacking investigative leads or where victims are not interested in prosecution are often suspended or closed. Cases with identified suspect(s), witnesses and victims interested in prosecution are presented to the District Attorney’s office for filing considerations.

The Youth Accountability Board (YAB) is an informal diversion program offered by the Covina Police Department to juvenile residents of Covina and/or students attending a school located in the City of Covina who have committed their first minor offense. The goal of the program is to establish a diversion program that provides a reasonable alternative to prosecution while allowing for first time offenders to reestablish a sense of community values and personal responsibility for their actions.

Crimes Against Property

Crimes Against Property

The Economic Crimes Detective investigates identity theft, fraud, forgery, counterfeiting and embezzlement cases. The Crimes Against Property Detective investigates thefts, grand thefts, burglaries and vandalism.

Crimes Against Persons

Crimes Against Persons

The General Crimes Detective investigates the majority of domestic violence cases, as well as missing person cases and court order violation cases. The Sex Crimes / Juvenile Detective investigates crimes of a sexual nature and matters involving juvenile victims and/or suspects. The Crimes Persons Detective investigates crimes of violence, such as weapons violations, battery, assaults with deadly weapons, domestic violence, murders and attempted murders.

CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY

The Economic Crimes Detective investigates identity theft, fraud, forgery, counterfeiting and embezzlement cases. The Crimes Against Property Detective investigates thefts, grand thefts, burglaries and vandalism.

CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS

The General Crimes Detective investigates the majority of domestic violence cases, as well as missing person cases and court order violation cases. The Sex Crimes / Juvenile Detective investigates crimes of a sexual nature and matters involving juvenile victims and/or suspects. The Crimes Persons Detective investigates crimes of violence, such as weapons violations, battery, assaults with deadly weapons, domestic violence, murders and attempted murders.

Community Impact team

Community Impact Team

The focus of the Community Impact Team is to address high-level crime problems, investigate gang and narcotics problems, address community nuisance and quality of life situations, reduce continual responses to high calls for service areas and actively track down wanted offenders through innovative and sustained efforts. CIT takes a proactive approach to preventing, reducing and solving crime.

Taskforce Detectives

Taskforce Detectives

Regional collaboration is a key element of our policing strategy. In 2020, Covina PD applied for and received a grant focused on impacting violent crime. This grant has funded two task force positions with the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Taskforce (LA IMPACT). Each position provides opportunities for Covina PD to contribute to regional crime issues and provides additional resources when needed.

COMMUNITY IMPACT TEAM

The focus of the Community Impact Team is to address high-level crime problems, investigate gang and narcotics problems, address community nuisance and quality of life situations, reduce continual responses to high calls for service areas and actively track down wanted offenders through innovative and sustained efforts. CIT takes a proactive approach to preventing, reducing and solving crime.

TASKFORCE DETECTIVES

Regional collaboration is a key element of our policing strategy. In 2020, Covina PD applied for and received a grant focused on impacting violent crime. This grant has funded two task force positions with the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Taskforce (LA IMPACT). Each position provides opportunities for Covina PD to contribute to regional crime issues and provides additional resources when needed.

Youth Accountability Board

Youth Accountability Board

The Youth Accountability Board (YAB) is an informal diversion program offered by the Covina Police Department to juvenile residents of Covina and/or students attending a school located in the City of Covina who have committed their first minor offense. The goal of the program is to establish a diversion program that provides a reasonable alternative to prosecution while allowing first-time offenders to re-establish a sense of community values and personal responsibility for their actions.

Planning

Planning

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YOUTH ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD

The Youth Accountability Board (YAB) is an informal diversion program offered by the Covina Police Department to juvenile residents of Covina and/or students attending a school located in the City of Covina who have committed their first minor offense. The goal of the program is to establish a diversion program that provides a reasonable alternative to prosecution while allowing first-time offenders to re-establish a sense of community values and personal responsibility for their actions.

TASKFORCE DETECTIVES

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LA Impact

The Covina Police Department is a member of the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA Impact). LA Impact began in 1991, and was the brainchild of the Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association and consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County. LA Impact focuses on investigating major crimes with an emphasis on drug enforcement however also addresses subjects involved in burglaries, robberies and other serious offenses. LA Impact is designed to bring federal, state and local law enforcement under “one roof” to address common problems that cross jurisdiction boundaries. LA Impact is a vital resource to the Covina Police Department.

Professional Standards

The professional standards unit is responsible for ensuring integrity is maintained through a system of investigation, training, and discipline. The professional standards sergeant is assigned to Police Administration and investigates most personnel complaints and also acts as the training coordinator for the Department. The primary responsibility of the Training Unit is to ensure that all employees, both sworn and civilian, are trained to meet the mandated requirements as set forth by federal, state, and local laws. To meet these requirements, the Training Unit must schedule personnel to attend training classes throughout the State of California as well as host in-house training using departmental certified instructors who are subject matter experts in their area of expertise. Some of these areas include firearms, arrest and control tactics, first aid, field training, and tactical unit operations.

Records

Records is the central repository for the Covina Police Department, responsible for the preservation and dissemination of official police reports and related records. Requests for other public information within the police department are also processed through the Records Unit. Records is comprised of 6 full-time Police Records Clerks, 3 part-time Police Records Clerks, and led by a supervisor.

Subpoenas for records should be served to the City Clerk, located at 125 East College Street, Covina, CA 91723. The exact amount due will be determined prior to the production of documents. However, please attach a check (minimum amount $15.00) to the subpoena upon delivery. Please contact the Covina City Clerk’s Office at 626.384.5430 for further information.

Subpoenas for Police Department personnel appearances should be served to the Watch Commander at the police department and require a $275.00 payment at the time of service. Civil subpoenas require 15 days between the date of service and actual appearance, as required, to allow for adequate notification. Subpoenas are served during normal business hours.

Our office can be contacted at 626.384.5656. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. We are closed on government holidays.

Communications

The Covina Police Department’s Communications operates 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and is staffed by two on-duty dispatchers during each shift. Communications is comprised of 10 full-time dispatchers, 1 part-time dispatcher and is led by a supervisor. Public Safety Dispatchers answer incoming 911 calls and non-emergency phone lines for the police department.

The dispatchers at the Covina Police Department are not only responsible for receiving emergency and non-emergency calls for service. They are also responsible for dispatching police officers to calls for service, updating officer’s locations through the department’s CAD (computer automated dispatch) system, monitoring several applications that assist with incoming 911 calls and police services, and performing a variety of records keeping related tasks.

Public Safety Dispatchers are typically the first contact citizens in the community have with the police department. Dispatchers must remain calm under stressful circumstances. Effective January 1, 2021, the state of California officially classified dispatchers as first responders with the passing of Assembly Bill 1945.

Crime Prevention Unit

The Covina Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit is responsible for building a working partnership between the community and the police department. The purpose of the unit is to utilize this partnership to identify, proactively address, and solve problems within the community. The Crime Prevention Unit is also tasked with educating residents in the areas of safety, awareness, and crime patterns/analysis. This unit offers burglar alarm information and safety tips for residents and business owners through various programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, The Citizens Police Academy, and Crime Free Multi-Housing to name a few.

The Crime Prevention Unit also manages our Cadet program. Cadets assist the Covina Police Department with various responsibilities like patrol, traffic and parking enforcement, assisting Jailers, and records keeping. The Crime Prevention Unit is dedicated to doing its part in minimizing crime and preventing our citizens from becoming victims.

Neighborhood Watch Program

Neighborhood Watch Program

Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce community anxiety. Members of Neighborhood Watch learn how to make their homes, vehicles, and selves more secure by working with the Covina Police Department and utilizing crime prevention techniques. Furthermore, members look out for each other by reporting suspicious activities to the police. Neighborhood Watch meetings are held at residents’ homes and are facilitated by a Covina Police Department Community Services Specialist.

National Night Out

National Night Out

The Covina Police Department participates and is dedicated to promoting National Night Out and its positive and collaborative approach to police and community partnerships. National Night Out generates support and participation in local, anti-crime programs, strengthens neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships, and sends a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back. Covina’s population of over 50,000 people are invited every year to the police department for food, games, a live band, K9 and SWAT demonstrations, and station tours to name a few activities.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM

Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce community anxiety. Members of Neighborhood Watch learn how to make their homes, vehicles, and selves more secure by working with the Covina Police Department and utilizing crime prevention techniques. Furthermore, members look out for each other by reporting suspicious activities to the police. Neighborhood Watch meetings are held at residents’ homes and are facilitated by a Covina Police Department Community Services Specialist.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

The Covina Police Department participates and is dedicated to promoting National Night Out and its positive and collaborative approach to police and community partnerships. National Night Out generates support and participation in local, anti-crime programs, strengthens neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships, and sends a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back. Covina’s population of over 50,000 people are invited every year to the police department for food, games, a live band, K9 and SWAT demonstrations, and station tours to name a few activities.

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