Officers searching for latent fingerprints at the scene of a residential burglary in hopes of later identifying the suspect 🔍🚓 𝗧𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗱, 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗳𝘁/𝗯𝘂𝗿𝗴𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗶𝗽𝘀: • Establish a Neighborhood Watch group in your neighborhood (to learn more about how to start one, visit www.nnw.org) • Report any suspicious activity to police agencies (West Covina residents: 626-939-8500. For emergencies, 9-1-1) • Make sure your residence has adequate lighting around it • Install home security systems, including cameras, alarms, and motion-activated lights • Always lock doors and windows (including vehicles) • Trim bushes and trees around your residence to eliminate hiding spots for criminals • Do not announce extended absences/vacations, or daily routines, this may allow others to know when there's an opportunity to commit various crimes. If you are going to be away, have trusted individuals check on your residence. • Don't leave valuables outside or away from easily viewable areas inside your residence ••• #Community #CrimePrevention #TheftPrevention #Safety #Information #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD
Early this morning, in front of family, friends, and colleagues, Acting Chief Tony Cortina swore in the three newest members to the West Covina PD family. Please join us as we welcome Officer Daniel Cervantes, Officer Nickolas Beck, and Reserve Officer Charbel Moussa (Pictured Left to Right). Congratulations gentlemen! 👏🚔🎉 ••• #Congratulations #Officers #LawEnforcement #Community #Welcome #WestCovina #WCPD
The vast majority of traffic stops are conducted for preventable vehicle code violations. Although there are more, these are some of the common violations: • Expired Registration [CVC 4000(a)(1)] • Broken taillights/brake lights [CVC 24252] • Improper signaling/lane change [CVC 22107] • Securing two-issued plates to the front and rear of the vehicle [CVC 5200(a)] • Securing license plates properly to the vehicle [CVC 5201] • Making a complete stop when approaching a stop sign [CVC 22450] • Failure to use a seatbelt [CVC 27315] • Speeding/Reckless Driving [CVC 22350] Please double-check your vehicle and make sure it is not in violation of any of the mentioned vehicle code sections before your next commute. While driving, abide by all rules of the road to help keep you and others safe. ••• #Safety #Traffic #Vehicle #Violations #LawEnforcement #DayWatch #TrafficStop #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD #Community #Information
The department has been made aware of residents receiving calls from individuals claiming to be WCPD personnel. These callers are leaving voicemails or advising individuals they have a warrant, or failed to appear in court for jury summons and need to pay money to get out of being arrested. Please be advised, 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐦. Personnel from the West Covina Police Department are 𝐧𝐨𝐭 contacting individuals advising of outstanding warrants, failure to appear, or asking for payments to prevent from being arrested. 𝐀𝐬 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫, 𝐝𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠. ••• #Advisement #Community #ScamPrevention #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD #Information
Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their tactics, posing as authority figures, representatives of companies, or even friends and family. We have seen an uptick in the following two scam types: 𝐆𝐢𝐟𝐭 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐒𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐬: -Scammers have devised methods to trick individuals into sending them money using gift cards. -You may receive a call, email, or message from someone claiming to be from a government agency, tech support, utility company, or law enforcement agency. -They might claim that you owe money for taxes, bills, fines, or legal issues. To settle the matter, they insist you purchase gift cards and share the card numbers and PINs with them. 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐫𝐚𝐮𝐝𝐬: -Scammers can convincingly impersonate authority figures or company representatives to gain your trust and extract personal information or money: -They might pretend to be police officers, IRS agents, bank officials, or tech support workers. -They could create fake accounts/email addresses that seem genuine. -Using this trust, they may request personal information, ask for money to resolve issues, or even gain remote access to your devices. 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗺 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗶𝗽𝘀: 𝟏. 𝐁𝐞 𝐒𝐤𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥: Always approach unsolicited offers with skepticism. Scammers often use urgency and emotional manipulation to pressure you into making hasty decisions. If something feels off or too good to be true, it probably is. 𝟐. 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Don't provide sensitive information over the phone, email, or text unless you initiated the original contact. 𝟑. 𝐁𝐞𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠: Be cautious of unexpected emails or messages asking for personal information. -Verify the sender's email address and check for misspellings or unusual formatting. --Avoid clicking on anything from unknown sources. 𝟒. 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐬: When in doubt, contact your local law enforcement agency or trusted individuals to get a second opinion. 𝟓. 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲: Report scams or suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency.
𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐈𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐲 𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying two suspects involved in a grand theft incident that occurred on August 2, 2023, at approximately 6:15 PM in the 300 block of South Glendora Avenue. If you have any information regarding the suspects' identities, please call 626-939-8500. ••• #Investigation #Detectives #Theft #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD
𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠!!! 🎉 After months of training, Dispatcher Gabriela Hernandez has officially passed and is now dispatching on her own alongside her partners and helping assist the community. Congratulations Gabi on this well-deserved accomplishment!! We are extremely proud! 📞💛🚓🚒 ••• #Dispatcher #Congratulations #LawEnforcement #Police #FireDepartment #Community
This morning past and present WCPD personnel, along with family and friends, gathered at Covina Hills Forest Lawn Cemetery to remember and honor Officer Kenneth Wrede on the anniversary of his passing. 40 years ago today, the West Covina Police Department lost one of its very own officers in the line of duty. Officer Kenneth Wrede was killed while attempting to arrest a subject who was reportedly under the influence of PCP. Officer Kenneth Wrede's service and sacrifice to this department and community will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Sir, and may you continue to watch over us all. 🕊️🙏🏻🚓💙 Officer Kenneth “Ken” Scott Wrede WCPD ID #203 WCPD Officer Badge #7 Date of Birth: February 12, 1957 WCPD Hire Date: August 1, 1980 End of Watch: August 31, 1983 ••• #FallenOfficer #NeverForget #WestCovina #WCPD #LawEnforcement #Officer
The West Covina Police Department will never forget... Forty years ago, on Wednesday, August 31, 1983, Officer Kenneth "Ken" Wrede #203 was working as a patrol officer. At approximately 12:19 pm, he was contacted by a citizen who reported a man, possibly under the influence of drugs, acting bizarre in the street. Officer Wrede responded to the area of Lark Ellen Avenue and Francisquito Avenue and began searching for the man. He located the suspect at Francisquito Avenue and Glenview Road. Officer Wrede contacted the suspect and radioed that the suspect appeared to be high on PCP. Officer Wrede requested another officer to respond to assist him. The suspect refused orders by Officer Wrede, and a struggle ensued. During the continued struggle, the suspect was able to rip the shotgun and shotgun rack from Officer Wrede's patrol unit. The suspect fired the shotgun over the unit's roof, fatally wounding Officer Wrede. Responding officers located and arrested the suspect near the scene. It was later determined that the suspect was, in fact, high on PCP. The suspect was subsequently convicted and sentenced to death. Officer Wrede served this organization with distinction. Please continue to share Ken's story to help keep his memory alive. In 2015 the West Covina Police Officers Association coordinated the installation of a fallen officer memorial street sign at the location of the incident and in our underground parking lot, honoring Ken's sacrifice in the service of this community. In 2007, a portion of the Interstate 10 freeway from Grand Avenue to Vincent Avenue was named the "West Covina Police Officer Kenneth Scott Wrede Memorial Highway" in honor of Officer Ken Wrede's service and sacrifice to the City of West Covina. In honor of Officer Wrede's ultimate sacrifice serving this community, all personnel will be wearing black bands over their badge. ••• #FallenOfficer #NeverForget #WestCovina #WCPD #LawEnforcement #Officer
𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁/𝗔𝗿𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 Saturday (August 19, 2023), at approximately 12:30 PM, an officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation. During the officer's investigation, he learned the driver had a felony warrant for his arrest. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, mushrooms, methamphetamine, Xanax, Fentanyl, a scale, individual baggies, and US Currency were located. The suspect was additionally arrested for the above-mentioned open charge, and arrested without incident ••• #Arrest #NarcoticsSeized #Investigation #TrafficStop #Officers #LawEnforcement #Community #Safety #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD
The West Covina Police Department will conduct a traffic safety operation on September 1, 2023, from 6AM to 2PM, focused on the most dangerous driver behaviors that put the safety of people walking or biking at risk. These violations include speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide right of way to bicyclists or pedestrians, or failing to stop for signs and signals. “We all have places to be and not everyone gets there by car,” Acting Chief of Police Tony Cortina said. “Pedestrians and bicyclists have the same rights to the road, but face even more risk without the protections vehicles have. We should all be looking out for one another.” September is California’s Pedestrian Safety Month. West Covina Police Department offers steps drivers and pedestrians can take to greatly reduce the risk of getting injured or in a crash: Pedestrians • Be predictable. Use crosswalks, when available. • Take notice of approaching vehicles and practice due care. • Do not walk or run into the path of a vehicle. At 30 mph, a driver needs at least 90 feet to stop. • Be visible. Make it easy for drivers to see you – wear light colors, reflective material and carry a flashlight, particularly at dawn, dusk or at night. • Be extra careful crossing streets or entering crosswalks at night when it is harder to see, or when crossing busier streets with more lanes and higher speed limits. Drivers • Follow the speed limit and slow down at intersections. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks. • Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn. • Never drive impaired. Bicyclists • Obey traffic laws, use hand signals, use lights at night (front white light and rear red reflector), and wear a helmet. • Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle. • Avoid the door zone: do not ride too closely to parked cars. • If there’s a bike lane, use it, unless making a left turn, passing, or approaching a place where a right turn is allowed. • Yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within marked crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
CSO Trainee Funez alongside his Training Officer doing the necessary paperwork to recover a stolen vehicle so that it can be returned to its owner. CSO Funez is almost complete with his training phase and will soon be patrolling and assisting the community on his own. CSOs (Community Service Officers) are a vital part to the department, they are primarily assigned to assist with handling property crime reports. By doing this, they help sworn officers focus on high priority calls for service/crimes. However, they can be assigned to specialized positions throughout the department. We are forever grateful for our CSOs and the incredible work they do and we are very proud of CSO Funez as he goes through his training! Keep up the great work 👏🏼 ••• #CSO #Training #Officers #LawEnforcement #DayWatch #Reports #Learning #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD
PUPPIES! 🐾🚔 While conducting some extra patrol around a residential neighborhood, Officer Chavez saw these adorable pups playing in the front yard and exploring the outside world with their owner, so of course, we had to say hello. Thank you to @3rdworldfrenchies_ for letting us meet these gorgeous pups, it made our day! 💙 ••• #Puppies #Police #Dogs #Frenchies #Community #DayWatch #HumanizeTheBadge #Patrol #WestCovina #WCPD #WestCovinaPD #Officer #LawEnforcement