Welcome to the West Covina Police Department. I am proud to serve as your police chief. The men and women who make up the department are committed to providing the best policing services to the community. This is carried out through the adherence to the Police Department’s Core Values, which are; Community Responsiveness, Integrity, Teamwork, and Effort. We are very fortunate to have the support of the community and work hard to ensure the public’s trust. Please feel free to browse our website and follow us in social media for the latest updates affecting the City.
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.
Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the death of West Covina Police Officer Jay Jackson who was shot and killed in the line of duty January 14, 1978. This afternoon, the WCPD honored Officer Jackson in a Memorial Service in front of the Police Department. In attendance was Shauna Jackson, daughter of Officer Jackson, who was 5 year old at the time of her father's death.
Take a moment to view the video honoring this hero.
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Today marks the 40th anniversary of West Covina Police Officer Jay Jackson's death. The events of that day began when Officer Jackson attempted to stop a vehicle. The traffic stop escalated into a pursuit which led Officer Jackson eastbound on the IS10 freeway. The suspect exited the freeway at Holt Ave. spinning out near Garvey Ave. South. The suspect exited and hid near the rear of his vehicle. The suspect opened fire on responding officers and Officer Jackson as they approached the now disabled vehicle. Officer Jackson was struck by gunfire and succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter. The suspect was killed in the exchange of gunfire with the officers. A follow-up investigation revealed the suspect fled from a psychiatric care facility and recently made suicidal threats to his family and friends.
Officer Jay Jackson was born in Pasadena California on November 7th, 1948 and was raised in West Covina. Jay Jackson attended schools in West Covina and graduated in 1966 from the Brown Military Academy in Glendora. Officer Jackson joined the Army in 1968 and received an honorable discharge as a sergeant after serving his country for four years. Jay Jackson married his wife Patricia in 1971 and together they had a daughter they named Shauna in 1973. Jay Jackson was hired in 1973 by the Azusa Police Department graduating from the Rio Hondo Police Academy in 1974. Officer Jackson earned an AA degree in police Science from Mt. San Antonio College in 1976 and was hired by the West Covina Police Department as a patrol officer in 1977.
His name is forever remembered by the adding of his name to the WCPD Memorial which stands in front of the Police Department. In addition, a street sign bearing Officer Jackson’s name was placed in the area where the incident took place.
Officer Jackson is survived by his wife (Patricia), daughter (Shauna), mother (Cora) and two sisters (Diane and Cleora). In honor of Officer Jackson’s ultimate sacrifice serving this community, all personnel have been authorized to wear black bands over their badge from 0600 on the January 14th, 2018 ending at 0600 January 15th, 2018.
In honor of Officer Jackson, a Memorial Ceremony commemorating his service to this City and this Country will take place this afternoon, 12:00 PM in front of the West Covina Police Department. Officer Jackson's daughter Shauna will be in attendance.
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The popular West Covina Police Department Citizens Academy is back. Class # 5 is scheduled to take place Monday evenings, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM for 10 weeks starting March 5, 2018. Applications for this class are now being accepted.
Visit the WCPD Webpage at www.wcpd.org/events/citizens-academy/ for information and applications. If you have any questions, contact Lt Ron Allen by email at CitizensAcademy@wcpd.org.
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