WCPD will conduct a bicycle and pedestrian safety operation May 3rd. Swipe for further details. ➡️

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month 📵 Please refrain from texting and driving, as well as other distractions. #wcpd #westcovinapd #policedepartment #donttextanddrive

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Anyone with further information is asked to contact the West Covina Police Department at 626-939-8500 or the 24-hour Anonymous Tip Line 626-939-8688.

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On 03/09/24, WCPD Honor Guard participated in the funeral services for retired Commander John Schimanski ID #72. On June 1, 1969, John was hired by the West Covina Police Department as a Police Officer where he rose through the ranks with the following promotions: Police Corporal on January 16, 1976; Police Sergeant on September 6, 1980; Police Lieutenant on April 1, 1988; and Police Commander on January 1, 2001.  He retired on July 2, 2004 after 35 years of service.    His assignments and collateral duties include: Patrol, Undercover Narcotics Officer, Special Problems Detail, Community Relations Officer, Crime Prevention Officer, Undercover Detective East Valley Burglary Investigation Team, Special Investigation Unit, SET, Burglary Investigation Team, Field Sergeant, Investigative Division Lieutenant, Traffic Lieutenant, Commander of Investigative and Support Services Division, Explorer Post Advisor, Helicopter Observer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Team Leader, Reserve Officer Program Coordinator, ROP Coordinator, Chief’s Aide, and Grant Writer and Coordinator. May Commander Schimanski rest in peace.

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We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our team who was sworn in this morning, Officer Carlos Ocegueda! With an impressive 18 years of law enforcement experience, Officer Ocegueda joins us as a lateral from the San Gabriel Police Department, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Having served both at SGPD and LAPD, Officer Ocegueda’s dedication to public safety and community service is truly commendable. We couldn’t be more excited to have him as part of our West Covina PD family and team. Join us in congratulating Officer Ocegueda on this new chapter in his career! 👏🚔🎉 ••• #NewOfficer #WestCovinaPD #WestCovina #WCPD #Congratulations

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🎉 Let's give a big round of applause to Dispatcher Janelle Galvan! 🎉 We're thrilled to announce that Janelle has been promoted from the position of Senior Dispatcher to Dispatch Supervisor. Her dedication, hard work, and expertise have made her an invaluable member of our team, and we couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments. Janelle's commitment to excellence and her unwavering professionalism make her the perfect fit for this new role. We have no doubt that she will continue to excel and lead with integrity and compassion. Congratulations, Janelle! Your promotion is well-deserved, and we can't wait to see all the amazing things you'll accomplish in your new position. Here's to many more successes ahead! ••• #Congratulations #Promotion #DispatchSupervisor #TeamLeader #Dispatch #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD #Community #Safety

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Always a great day when Officer Bowman and his partner K9 Rev are around 🐾🚔 such a good boy ! ••• #LawEnforcement #Officer #K9 #Canine #Partners #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD #GoodBoy

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The West Covina Police Department is addressing concerns circulating within our community regarding recent allegations involving a substitute teacher at Cameron Elementary School. We recognize the gravity of these allegations, particularly when they concern the safety and well-being of our children. We want to reassure the community that the police department is treating these allegations with the utmost seriousness. An investigation is currently underway to thoroughly examine the situation and gather all the necessary information. However, investigations of this nature require time and diligence to ensure a fair and accurate assessment. It is essential to allow the investigative process to unfold without jumping to conclusions or making assumptions. We understand that this situation may evoke strong emotions within our community. However, we urge everyone to remain calm and trust in the investigative process. We are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of all community members, particularly our children. We will provide updates on the investigation as they become available. In the meantime, we encourage anyone with additional relevant information to come forward and speak with our investigators. You can leave a message for investigators at (626) 939-8688. Richard Bell Chief of Police ••• #Community #Advisement #Message #Information #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD

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𝗣𝗦𝗔: 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗨𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗧𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗳𝘁𝘀 The West Covina Police Department wants to make the community aware of criminals' creative tactics to steal personal items from victims. Recently, officers responded to a theft that had occurred at a local shopping center. The victim parked his vehicle, shopped, and eventually returned to his car before driving to a local bank to withdraw some money from an ATM. The victim returned to his vehicle, and as he was beginning to drive away, he heard a "pop" noise and went to inspect his tires. The victim noticed an item had flattened one of his tires, and as he was changing it, he heard one of his other car doors close. When the victim realized what was occurring, a witness alerted him that someone had taken something from the victim's vehicle and entered another vehicle before fleeing the area. Believing that criminals may use this creative and distractive tactic or other creative tactics, we urge the community to remain cautious and adopt preventive measures against such crimes. Here are some safety tips to safeguard your belongings: • 𝗕𝗲 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀: Always stay alert to your surroundings, especially in parking lots and public spaces. • 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝘂𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀: Keep valuables out of sight and locked in your vehicle's trunk if possible. • 𝗥𝗲𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗦𝘂𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆: If you witness any suspicious behavior, promptly report it to local law enforcement agencies. Crimes in West Covina, call: 626-939-8500. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. • 𝗨𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀: Consider installing security cameras or alarms in your vehicle to deter theft. • 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱: Stay connected with neighbors and community members to share information and support each other's safety. ••• #Community #Safety #Information #Prevention #LawEnforcement #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD

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Today is Safer Internet Day! As technology becomes an integral part of kids' lives, we want parents and adults to start the conversation with the kids and youths about being safe online. To help with the conversation, The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) has provided tips and resources that can be found by clicking the link in our Instagram Bio or by visiting saferinternetday.us. Start the conversation now. Empower, Educate, and Protect. ••• #SaferInternetDay #StartTheConversation #SID2024/ICAC #Educate #Protect #Community #Youth #Internet #Safety #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD

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Critical Missing Person: Bella Ramirez has been safely located. Thank you to everyone who shared the information. ••• #Update #Community #Information #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD

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𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗔𝗿𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁: 𝗘𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗥𝗼𝗯𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘆 On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at approximately 9:20 pm, an officer was conducting extra patrol in the Eastland shopping center due to two armed robberies involving the same vehicle and suspects. The first robbery occurred on January 16, 2024, and the second on January 29, 2024.  While conducting extra patrol, the officer noticed a vehicle in the parking lot that matched the description. He conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and detained two males, one adult, and one juvenile. During the stop/investigation, a ski mask, a replica gun, and some of the stolen property from the robberies were located. The male adult, 18-year-old resident of Hesperia, Isaac Anderson, was taken into custody and booked for robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime, and possession of stolen property with a bail amount of $50,000. The juvenile was booked at a local juvenile detention center. Booking photos will not be released to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.  ••• #Patrol #Arrest #Outstanding #Investigation #NightWatch #Officers #LawEnforcement #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD #Safety #Community

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K9 and SWAT training 🐾👮🏻‍♂️ ••• #Training #Tactics #SkillBuilding #Focus #K9 #Canine #SWAT #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD

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The police cadet program plays a crucial role in shaping individuals for future roles within the police department, whether civilian or sworn. This initiative is meticulously designed to foster individual career development, providing aspiring candidates with a structured pathway toward a potential full-time position in law enforcement. Cadets operate under close supervision while engaging in non-hazardous duties spanning various areas within the police department and the city. These duties range from parking enforcement, the issuance of parking citations, and investigating traffic collisions to performing clerical tasks, traffic control, and serving subpoenas. By engaging in these essential functions, cadets not only gain practical experience but also contribute to the overall efficiency and functioning of the police department. This program is instrumental in cultivating a skilled and disciplined workforce, ensuring a seamless transition for individuals into the demanding and diverse responsibilities associated with police work. ••• #Cadets #LawEnforcement #Future #Career #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD #Profession

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West Covina Police Department participated in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run. The torch was passed on by @irwindalepolice and proudly carried into @baldwinparkpd who took over shortly after.

The annual torch run raises awareness and funds for the Special Olympics.

A special thank you to all the runners who participated and to the WCPD Traffic Bureau for keeping the runners and motorists safe.
Earlier this morning, WCPD Explorer Post #499 presented the colors at today’s Memorial Day Ceremony, which took place at City Hall.

This Memorial Day, we remember and honor military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country. 

#WCPD #wcpdexplorerpost499 #wcpdexplorers #memorialday
Update on abducted child, Weston Landrum.

DATE OF RELEASE: May 8, 2024

Earlier this morning, an Amber Alert was activated for an abducted child, Weston Landrum, who was last seen on North Grand Avenue in West Covina. The suspect, Wesley Williams was located driving his vehicle in West Covina. The suspect was ultimately taken into custody and the child was located unharmed.
We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Thomas Weeks, Sam Poloche, Alden Elliot, and Joshua Eyer. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
WCPD will conduct a bicycle and pedestrian safety operation on May 3rd. Swipe for further details. ➡️
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month 📵 

Please refrain from texting and driving, as well as other distractions. 

#wcpd #westcovinapd #policedepartment #donttextanddrive
Missing Person: Alicia Hernandez 

Anyone with further information is asked to contact the West Covina Police Department at 626-939-8500 or the 24-hour Anonymous Tip Line 626-939-8688.
On 03/09/24, WCPD Honor Guard participated in the funeral services for retired Commander John Schimanski ID #72. 

On June 1, 1969, John was hired by the West Covina Police Department as a Police Officer where he rose through the ranks with the following promotions: Police Corporal on January 16, 1976; Police Sergeant on September 6, 1980; Police Lieutenant on April 1, 1988; and Police Commander on January 1, 2001.  He retired on July 2, 2004 after 35 years of service. 
 
His assignments and collateral duties include: Patrol, Undercover Narcotics Officer, Special Problems Detail, Community Relations Officer, Crime Prevention Officer, Undercover Detective East Valley Burglary Investigation Team, Special Investigation Unit, SET, Burglary Investigation Team, Field Sergeant, Investigative Division Lieutenant, Traffic Lieutenant, Commander of Investigative and Support Services Division, Explorer Post Advisor, Helicopter Observer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Team Leader, Reserve Officer Program Coordinator, ROP Coordinator, Chief’s Aide, and Grant Writer and Coordinator.

May Commander Schimanski rest in peace.

#westcovinapd #WCPD #honorguard
We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our team who was sworn in this morning, Officer Carlos Ocegueda! 

With an impressive 18 years of law enforcement experience, Officer Ocegueda joins us as a lateral from the San Gabriel Police Department, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Having served both at SGPD and LAPD, Officer Ocegueda’s dedication to public safety and community service is truly commendable. We couldn’t be more excited to have him as part of our West Covina PD family and team.

Join us in congratulating Officer Ocegueda on this new chapter in his career! 👏🚔🎉

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#NewOfficer #WestCovinaPD #WestCovina #WCPD #Congratulations
🎉 Let's give a big round of applause to Dispatcher Janelle Galvan! 🎉

We're thrilled to announce that Janelle has been promoted from the position of Senior Dispatcher to Dispatch Supervisor. Her dedication, hard work, and expertise have made her an invaluable member of our team, and we couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments.

Janelle's commitment to excellence and her unwavering professionalism make her the perfect fit for this new role. We have no doubt that she will continue to excel and lead with integrity and compassion.

Congratulations, Janelle! Your promotion is well-deserved, and we can't wait to see all the amazing things you'll accomplish in your new position. Here's to many more successes ahead!

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#Congratulations #Promotion #DispatchSupervisor #TeamLeader #Dispatch #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD #Community #Safety
Always a great day when Officer Bowman and his partner K9 Rev are around 🐾🚔 such a good boy ! 

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#LawEnforcement #Officer #K9 #Canine #Partners #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD #GoodBoy
The West Covina Police Department is addressing concerns circulating within our community regarding recent allegations involving a substitute teacher at Cameron Elementary School. We recognize the gravity of these allegations, particularly when they concern the safety and well-being of our children. 

We want to reassure the community that the police department is treating these allegations with the utmost seriousness. An investigation is currently underway to thoroughly examine the situation and gather all the necessary information. However, investigations of this nature require time and diligence to ensure a fair and accurate assessment. It is essential to allow the investigative process to unfold without jumping to conclusions or making assumptions. 

We understand that this situation may evoke strong emotions within our community. However, we urge everyone to remain calm and trust in the investigative process. We are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of all community members, particularly our children. 

We will provide updates on the investigation as they become available. In the meantime, we encourage anyone with additional relevant information to come forward and speak with our investigators. You can leave a message for investigators at (626) 939-8688. 

Richard Bell
Chief of Police

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#Community #Advisement #Message #Information #WestCovina #WestCovinaPD #WCPD