Police Officers are the most visible aspect of any police department. For this reason, we are committed to providing excellent front line law enforcement service to our residents and visitors. We will accomplish this by serving the citizens of West Covina with the highest ethical standards and professionalism, achieving the Department’s motto of “Integrity and Service since 1937.” I am proud to serve as your Chief of Police and hope you will join with us making the City of West Covina a safe place to work and play.
About two-thirds of all sworn officers work in this division, which focuses on patrolling city streets, answering calls for service, and identifying potential crime problems. Under the Community Service Area Policing program, four dedicated lieutenants and their crews are assigned a specific quadrant of the City and tasked with resolving public safety concerns for residents, neighborhoods, and businesses. This division includes the Traffic Unit, the K-9 Unit, Jail Operations, Reserve Officers, Police Cadets and award-winning SHOP senior volunteers who perform non-hazardous duties to free up sworn officers.
As part of the fun and festivities surrounding Halloween, the West Covina Police Department wishes to help keep you safe with a few tips and suggestions for you to consider.
First is to invite you to the many Halloween events happening throughout the city. For information as to the locations of each of these, click here: bit.ly/WCHalloween2016 .
Keeping your children safe throughout the evening of trick or treating is first and foremost. Take a few moments to read these suggestions to help insure that everyone has a safe time.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
• Wear a costume that is easily seen by others, especially motorists, and is easy to walk in.
• Avoid costumes with billowy, long-trailing fabric that can easily ignite or be a tripping hazard.
• Make sure masks fit properly and eye holes are large enough to easily see out.
• Consider wearing facial make-up instead.
Candles and Decorations
Halloween is one of the top five days of the year when candles are used, and according to the National Fire Protection Association, candles cause about 15,000 house fires each year, more than 1,200 serious injuries, close to 200 deaths and $450 million in property damage.
• Always use caution with candles and never leave lit candles unattended.
• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
• Keep all exits clear of decorations and have a fire extinguisher nearby.
• Consider using flashlights or battery-operated candles instead.
• Light candles inside Jack o’ Lanterns with long, fireplace-style matches or utility lighters.
• Make sure children are watched at all times when around lit candles. Be sure young ones know how to stop, drop, roll and cover their faces if clothing catches fire.
Trick or Treating
• Always go with friends and stay in a group. Plan your route, using well-lit streets and tell your family which streets you plan to use and your return time.
• Parents or other adults should always go with the young trick-or-treaters. Everyone should use flashlights or glow-sticks to increase visibility. Use reflective tape on costumes.
• Cross only at corners, not in the middle of the block or from between parked cars.
• Review with children how to safely cross a street with by looking left, right and left again to spot approaching cars. If no sidewalk, stay as far left of the roadway as possible and walk facing traffic.
• Never eat any goodies until you are safely home and have checked all treats. Parents should help youngsters check all treats. Throw away candy or food not commercially wrapped and sealed. Notify parents and police if there are any suspicious treats.
• As an alternative, attend an organized Halloween party. It’s fun to get together with other ghosts and goblins! If your children are attending Halloween parties at others’ homes, remind them to be alert for ways out of the home in an emergency.
Adults & Motorists
• Use extra caution while driving on Halloween. Be on the look-out for trick-or-treaters.
• Celebrate responsibly and designate a driver if attending parties or other festivities.
• Drive at much slower speeds in areas where trick or treaters are present.
Have yourself a safe and fun filled Halloween.
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Several Law Enforcement agencies throughout California are coming together to support the Special Olympics. On 10/20/16, Several WCPD officers along with Chief Dave Faulkner joined Red Robin Restaurant to host "Tip a Cop". Officers joined the crew at Red Robin to serve meals and drinks to help raise money for the Special Olympics and had a great time doing so. Thank you to those who came to Red Robin and gave from the heart. #RedRobin #SpecialOlympics #TipACop
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