West Covina Police DepartmentWest Covina Police Department

OUR HISTORY

1The City of West Covina was incorporated in 1923 to prevent the City of Covina from establishing a sewage farm within the current city boundaries. In 1936, the City Council decided to hire its own duly sworn police officer, Joseph Fritsch, who is known today as West Covina’s first ever Police Officer. Within the same month, a second Police Officer was hired, Orval Davis.  Both officers used their personal motorcycles for the job because there were no police cars in use to date.

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Prior to this, many citizens had taken the oath of office and were given a badge and authority.  When Officer Fritsch joined, all badges carried by citizens were confiscated and no badges would be issued except to duly appointed and sworn Police Officer actively engaged in law enforcement. In 1937, a third officer was added to the department.  This officer also owned his own motorcycle which was his primary police vehicle. Because the department had three officers, there was now a need for a Chief of Police.  In 1937, Joseph Fritsch was appointed at West Covina Police Department’s first Chief of Police.

In 1941, the City Council decided to purchase the police department’s first patrol car, a two door Buick Sedan.   The vehicle was wrecked that same year and totaled. By 1942, the police department had grown to 9 officers.  Because of the growth, headquarters aka “civic center” was moved to 1808 State Highway in a place called Sunkist Village.  That year the city contracted with the Covina Police Department to use their jail to book and house prisoners at $50.00 per year.  Working conditions were then greatly improved as the officers were authorized to use their own vehicles at $3.00 a day because the department vehicle was still in the shop.  In November of that year, a second vehicle was purchased.

 

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Between the years of 1942- 1967 there was substantial internal growth with the purchase of two-way radios, additional police vehicles, and the recruitment of new employees. By 1967 the department had 64 officers, (Chief, 2 Captains, 6 Lieutenants, 7 sergeants, 8 detectives, 40 police officers and 68 reserve officers). In 1969 the police department was moved to its current location at 1444 W. Garvey Ave. In that same year the West Covina SWAT Team was formed, followed by the birth of the West  Covina Police K-9 program in 1981.

As a result of remarkable expansion during the post World War II building boom, West Covina became America’s fastest growing city between 1950 and 1960, with the population increasing 1,000 percent from less than 5,000 to more than 50,000 citizens. The last two decades have continued to demonstrate steady growth. The number of residents expanded to a total of 106,098 as of the 2010 Census.

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The West Covina Police Department has a proud history of service to the community. The Police Department has an authorized full time workforce of 97 sworn Officers and 66 civilians. In addition, there about 55 part time positions which include Reserve Officers and clerical staff. The Department also utilizes volunteer programs, which are a very important part of the overall public safety effort. The men and women of the West Covina Police Department strive to provide the highest level of service and protection for the community.

The WCPD Mission

Mission Statement

The mission of the West Covina Police Department is to provide the highest level of service and protection to the community and to cooperatively enhance public safety as the Department progresses into the future.

Core Values

The core values of the West Covina Police Department is easily remembered using the acronym CITE.  CITE stands for the following:

  • Community Responsiveness
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Effort

Chief of Police

On behalf of the men and women of the West Covina Police Department, welcome to our website. Please take some time and explore the many programs, units and personnel who serve the fine community of West Covina.

Command Staff

The West Covina Police Department is dedicated to protecting and improving your quality of life by providing responsive and caring service.

Members of the West Covina Police Department’s Command Staff oversee different divisions of the police department and hold special positions to assist in the management of the department.

Fallen Officers

View a little about our past sacrifices that helped shape who we are and what we do today. This page is dedicated to the men and women of law enforcement.

Visit the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation Page and the Officer Down Memorial Page for more information on West Covina’s fallen heros, as well as tributes to other fallen law enforcement officers throughout California and the nation.

Cadets

The Police Cadet program is a trainee program designed for career development into the law enforcement field as a Police Officer. The Police Cadet is under immediate to general supervision, and performs non-hazardous duties throughout the Police Department.

Police Explorers

Law Enforcement Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement.  The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities.  The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.

WCPD FAQ

Not sure how to report an issue or contact the court? We’ve rounded up a list of frequently asked questions to quickly help you find the answers you need.

News

Our latest in law enforcement news. Keep up to date with what’s going on in the West Covina community.

Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR)

The West Covina Police Department utilizes Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR’s) on some marked black and white police vehicles.