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West Covina Police DepartmentWest Covina Police Department

INVESTIGATIVE

In fiscal year 2010-2011, two divisions were combined into one. This division is responsible for providing investigation and follow-up services associated with all major crimes, as well as overseeing the centralized administrative functions of the police department. The police personnel assigned to Investigations and Support Services work specialized assignments such as automotive thefts, financial crimes, burglaries, court coordination, homicide, domestic violence, victim advocacy, robbery, sex crimes, and forensics. The detectives conduct intense follow-up investigations and prepare cases for court prosecutors to deliver justice to crime victims. The Special Enforcement Team (SET), which focuses on inter-agency operations and narcotics surveillance, is also under Investigations. The police personnel assigned to Administration include Communications, the Records Department, Professional Standards and Training, the Property and Evidence Unit, and the support staff for the Chief of Police. After a report is taken in the field by a patrol officer, it is forwarded to the detective desk for investigation. Detectives follow up on leads, interview witnesses, victims and suspects and build a case against those who commit crimes in our community.

From fraud and theft to kidnapping and murder, West Covina Police detectives spend many hours following up on information, pursuing leads, and solving crimes. Detectives are the ones who file cases against criminals and work hand in hand with the district attorney’s office for successful prosecution. West Covina Police Department detectives are assigned to the Investigations Bureau for 2 to 3 years. At the end of their detail, detectives go back into uniforms and patrol the streets of the city, using the knowledge they have gained in the Investigations Division to better serve the community. If you have information that will help the West Covina Police detectives solve a crime, please call (626) 939-8510

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MOBILE COMMAND POST

The new Mobile Command Center (MCC) replaces the 1987 Winnebago.  The new 2014 Lone Star is outfitted with the latest technology.  The MCC is outfitted with Wi-Fi, mobile tactical communication center, large viewing screens, CAD/RMS terminals and a private compartmentalized area where crisis negotiators can operate without interruption or distraction. 

The MCC can be used for SWAT or Tactical situations as well as assist traffic investigators, detectives, or officers who will be investigating a scene for an extended period of time.  This gives investigators an area to meet and discuss the investigation.  It has the latest in technology and a large custom made software solution that assist in both daily law enforcement operations, and also has the ability to assist in the management of a large scale emergency. West Covina is well prepared and able to provide the residents of West Covina and aid surrounding cities with anything that comes their way.

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Forensic Identification Unit (FIU)

The West Covina PD Forensic Identification Unit is responsible for conducting forensic investigations on all major incident crime scenes which includes photography, diagraming, and evidence collection.  The Forensic Identification Unit processes evidence items for DNA and latent prints to be submitted into local and national criminal databases.  The Forensic Identification Unit also provides print services for:

  • Alhambra PD
  • Azusa PD
  • Baldwin Park PD
  • Covina PD
  • the City of Diamond Bar
  • El Monte PD
  • Glendora PD
  • Monrovia PD

We also assist DMV, FBI, The Los Angeles County TRAP Team, and the DA’s office.

The West Covina PD Forensics Unit takes pride in their highly trained and experienced experts who help in solving crimes throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

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Administrative Division

The police personnel assigned to Administration include Communications, the Records Department, Professional Standards, Training and Recruitment, the Property and Evidence Unit, and the support staff for the Chief of Police. TheWest Covina Service Group (WCSG) technology enterprise is also under Administration.

Recruitment

Hiring new police officers is a very involved procedure. The Training and Recruiting office is in charge of processing applicant through a tough selection process. The hiring process for a police officer position is made up of a written, physical agility test, oral interview, extensive background investigation, psychological test and evaluation, medical exams and a polygraph.

Training

The training manager is in charge of directing on-going training for the entire department. Officers, dispatchers and civilian employees all attend training classes on a regular basis. The training manager also makes sure the department remains in compliance with all post requirements and is  responsible for new hire orientations and training.  Training is given in the form of classes, seminars and tactical exercises.

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