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Covina PD's New K9 Team

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On July 22nd, Covina Police K9 Officer Ryan Rasmussen and his partner Jarno took to the streets of Covina. Over the last two years, the Department was looking into the concept of returning a Police K9 Program back into its public safety operations. The Department recognized the value that a Police K9 Program could add to its community policing methods. The Police K9 is a specialty tool that is used in patrol, investigative and tactical environments. The Police K9 increases search capabilities, officer safety and reinforces a positive image of law enforcement. Officer Rasmussen joined the Department in 2012 and his outstanding performance as a police patrol officer made him a logical choice to be a K9 handler. Jarno, a 17 month old Malinois (Dutch Shepherd Dog) was acquired through generous community support. Both officer and K9 completed six weeks of intensive training prior to being deployed. City of Covina staff are excited about Jarno joining the law enforcement family, and helping us protect the Covina community. 

Animal Control Pet License Checks

Officers from the County Department of Animal Care and Control will be in the City of Covina in July and August 2015 checking with pet owners on rabies vaccinations and licensing documentation. Securing a dog license is an important part of identification and can assist Animal Control agencies if your pet becomes lost. City of Covina pet owners are advised to be in compliance with licensing requirements.

Residents who are not in compliance will be subject to license fees and delinquency charges, including a field enforcement fee to offset the cost of the Department's field services. In order to avoid penalties, be sure to license your dog. You can secure a new dog license by printing the application online at http://animalcare.lacounty.gov, or visiting the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center at 4275 North Elton Street, Baldwin Park 91706, (626)962-3577. If your license is not delinquent, you can also renew it through the website.

Local Business and Residents Targeted in Scams

A male has called two local businesses requesting the owners by name, claiming to be related to other local business owners, before explaining his need for a small amount of quick cash with a promise to pay back the same day. The Covina Police Department encourages everyone to be alert for scam artists, and report activity you feel may be dangerous or criminal [Bulletin ].

Overnight Parking Permits

Daily Temporary Overnight Parking Permits can only be purchased by credit/debit card using the machine to the front of the Covina Police Department, located at 444 N. Citrus Avenue, in Covina. The change to a cashless system willl provide a more efficient system, since the old system was unable to provide change for cash paying customers. If you have any questions, contact the Covina Police Department Records section for assistance, 626-384-5656.

Coyotes in Covina

Coyote sightings are on the rise in Covina neighborhoods. The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control offers a number of reporting guidelines for coyotes seen in your neighborhood. [More info]

 

 

 

 

 
Nixle Notifications Now Available for Covina Residents
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The City of Covina and Covina Police Department have adopted Nixle, a mass alert notification system, to alert the community and provide information in the event of an emergency or critical incident. Anyone can use this free system. We expect this system will provide an effective method for communication between the community and the police department. Those interested in receiving Nixle Alerts can sign up by visiting http://nixle.com/covina-police-department/ or by texting a Covina zip code to 888777.

 Updated Alarm Ordinance

The City of Covina has recently adopted an updated Alarm ordinance to address false alarm response issues resulting from operator and alarm monitoring company errors. The goal of the ordinance is to reduce the number of false alarm activations requiring a response by the Covina Police Department, which will free up police resources and reduce the fines levied on alarm customers.

[Click Here] for detailed information on the Alarm Program

Phone Scams

Covina senior citizens have reported receiving calls from persons claiming to be IRS employees, and providing instructions on how to send money owed to the IRS. No government agency will ever contact you by telephone demanding wire transfer or pre-paid debit card payment for monies owed. The best method of dealing with phone scam attempts is to hang up on the caller. If you don't allow them to hook you, they will move on.

 Covina Water Utility customers have also reported a water payment scam operation. Unknown subjects have made calls to some Covina Water Utility customers stating that the customer has a high water usage on their account, creating a so-called violation. The callers identify themselves as employees, and threaten to come to the resident's home to collect a $500 fine for water violations. 

 The City of Covina has a process in place to provide warnings, before a graduated citation process is initiated. Fines begin at $50 per violation, with a maximum fine of $250 per violation for repeat violators. If a customer receives a citation, the citation amount is added to your water bill. No Water Utility employee will ever arrive at your door and ask for direct payment of a fine. For additional information please contact Global Water Fathom at (855) 354-7579 or the City of Covina Public Works (626) 384-5230. If you are victim of a water payment scam in the City of Covina, please contact the Covina Police Department 24 hours dispatch at (626) 331-3391.

Service Area Policing

The members of the Covina Police Department strive to provide excellent customer service to the citizens we serve. To facilitate this level of service we have divided the City into three service areas, with one lieutenant assigned to each area.

Service Area Policing allows you to contact the lieutenant who is responsible for your specific area of concern for any non-emergency issues.

Do not hesitate to contact your Service Area Lieutenant for non-emergency problems that do not need immediate response from the police. Together, we can make Covina a better place to live, work and visit. For more information or to contact your service are lieutenant, click Service Area Policing.

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National Night Out August 4, 2015

The Covina Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is coordinating National Night Out for August 4, 2015. This national event provides an opportunity for neighbors to come together to renew friendships or create new ones.  The Police Department along with city officials and Council Members will visit neighborhood gatherings to meet with the community.  This is a great time to learn what's happening in the city, pick-up some crime prevention tips or just get to know each other. 

If you are interested in hosting your neighborhood, contact Candace Bobkiewicz 626.384.5630 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The deadline to sign up to host is July 20, 2015. 

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ONLINE REPORTING IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

The Covina Police Department has transitioned to a new Computer Aided Dispatch / Record Management System.  As we transition to this system, our Online Reporting system will temporarily be unavailable.   

AB60 allows non-residents to obtain driver's licenses

Effective January 1, 2015, all California residents will be afforded the opportunity to test for, and receive a license under this assembly bill, without proof of legal residence in the United States. There are still criteria that need to be met in order to be considered for a driver's license. DMV has made it possible to schedule appointments online. DMV has also provided a summary of the new law, the requirements to obtain a license, and offers driver's license handbooks and sample tests in 11 different languages. All this can be found on the DMV website.

View Red Light Violation

Drivers who receive a Notice of Violation for a Red Light Camera infraction are now able to view their violation online by selecting the "View Red Light Violation" option from the Online Services menu on the left margin of this page. The Notification number and PIN number from the violation notice will be needed to access the video of the violation.

Free Vacation Home Check

For many years, Covina Police Department Volunteers have provided a free home check service for residents away from home on vacation. Now, the form used to request our assistance is available [Vacation Check ].

Pay a Parking Ticket

If you received a parking citation within the City of Covina, you can now pay on-line using your credit card, make a payment over the phone or come into the station lobby. If you'd like to make a payment for a parking citation, select Make a Payment.

Crime Mapping Now Available

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If you are looking for information on what crimes are occurring in the City of Covina, Crime Mapping will help you find the answer. The Covina Police Department has recently adopted Crime Mapping software to help citizens understand what's happening in the city. For more information, click [Crime Map
 

 Crime Prevention Newsletter

The Covina Police Department distributes a monthly newsletter that can be accessed here on the Police Department Home Page. The newsletter features articles on a variety of topics, as well as crime statistics covering the past 12 months of activity. To view the newsletter click on the link below.