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About West Hollywood Station


The LASD West Hollywood Station provides law enforcement services for the City of West Hollywood and the unincorporated Universal CityWalk.

ASK THE CAPTAIN

We have worked very hard to establish and build a direct partnership with you and intend to continue strengthening our community focus and all levels of service. Our primary goal has been to establish a direct means of communication between the residents we serve and your West Hollywood Sheriff's Station.

We are pleased to provide a forum for West Hollywood residents to ask Captain Honings a question. We also log questions of general interest along with his answers for your information.

Ask your question HERE.


Questions & Answers

Q: I was on vacation in West Hollywood and lost a camera. I discovered the loss while visiting another city, and made a police report there. Should I make a report in West Hollywood as well?
A: When you made the report in the other city (known as a courtesy report, since the loss didn’t take place in that city), as long as you provided a West Hollywood address as the location for the loss, West Hollywood Detectives will be advised of your case

Q: I have been told by my bank to report fraudlent activity on my accounts. How do I do that?
A: Come to the station at any time with financial documents that show the fraudulent activity. A Deputy will review the documents and take a report. The information will then be turned over to our Detective Bureau, which will work the case.

Q: I am going to be relocating to West Hollywood next year and I own several firearms. I need to know what the California laws are regarding legal gun ownership.
A: Thanks for your question regarding firearms in California. You’ll find that California state law is much more restrictive than most other states, so doing your research first is smart. You can find California state law regarding firearms at the link below:
http://www.ag.ca.gov/firearms/
You will find information about FFL’s and laws about transporting firearms legally.

Q: I am a new resident of West Hollywood and really enjoy living here. My neighbors frequently have loud parties at night that are disturbing my sleep.
A: If you feel your neighbors are too loud late at night, please feel free to contact our station at (310) 855-8850. We’ll get a Deputy dispatched to check things out.

Q: We are having problems with two or three men who are selling marijuana adjacent to our building. I have called the Sheriff’s Department to report them and the sheriff has always responded very quickly, but these men keep coming back.
A: Please call the station at (310) 855-8850 and ask for the COPPS Team, ext 456 or 568 (message). That team will be the best to address your situation.

Q: An ex-boyfriend came to our door at 2:00 am drunk, causing a big scene. He started to fight with a friend staying with me. After a while he finally left, but now we think we should have filed a police report.
A: Anytime you feel your safety is in jeopardy, please dial 911 and we’ll send a deputy to investigate.

Q: When can I pick up my property?
A: Small item personal property that is held as part of an arrest (i.e., keys, wallet, jewelry, etc) is returned upon release from our jail, or it will be transferred with the person who was arrested to court or county jail. Larger personal property items (bulk property) can be picked up at the station Monday through Friday, between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
Please call the number referenced on your release paperwork for more information, and to make an appointment.

Q: I want to have a summons and complaint served on someone in West Hollywood. Do you do it?
A: To have someone served, you would go to a nearby Courthouse. Go to the Sheriff’s Office and they’ll help you with what needs to be done. The fee is $43 for each person being served, and you’ll need to bring four copies of each document that’s a part of your summons and complaint.

Q: Hello, I was wondering if there were any jobs available within your department? My girlfriend and I are planning on moving to the area and am currently seeking employment.
A: Please take a look at our department website, lasd.org for more information. As well, those who live outside the greater Southern California area or Out of State should contact the Recruitment unit at 1-800-A-Deputy (1-800-233-7889), before applying, for additional processing information.

Q: I recently purchased a vehicle and received information there is an accident report on it. Is it possible to get a copy of the report?
A: You can obtain a copy of your report by either coming to the station and purchasing a copy for $23.00 or sending in a mail request along with a check for $23.00 payable to the "Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department". Please mail your requests to:
West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station
Attn: Records
780 N. San Vicente Bl.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Please include your Report Number on any report requests. Note: Our policy does not allow us to fax or e-mail reports.

Q: I need a LASD certification about me not having a new warrant of arrest issued 10 or more years ago for a court appeal. Who do I contact?
A: The only way to determine if a person has a warrant is to have that person come into any sheriff or police station with identification and ask to be checked for warrants. Another possibility would be to check with the court clerks office of the court where the warrant may have been issued out of. They may be able to provide information, but will most likely require the person to appear at the courthouse in order to check.
Some stations will provide clearance letters, which may indicate for employment background purposes if there is an outstanding warrant, for a fee.
The result is obvious, if the person has a warrant with a significant bail amount they would be taken into custody and appear before the judge. If it is an insignificant amount (amount varies by jurisdiction and jail population) the person may be given a citation and a new court date. Hope that helps!

Q: Is West Hollywood Safe?
A: We are precluded by law from offering opinions as to the safety, livability, or crime trends of one community or neighborhood versus another. However, public crime statistic information is available through this Web site or CrimeMapping.com.

Q: Lost Traffic Citation: I lost a traffic ticket that was sent in the mail. How can I pay it and Where?
A: In order to obtain a copy of your citation, you can stop by the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the citation was issued. If it was in West Hollywood, you can visit the Beverly Hills Courthouse, 9355 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 or (213) 742-6648 (24 hours/7 days a week). You can also search for your ticket on-line at the following link: Superior Court of Los Angeles >> http://www.lacourt.org/division/traffic/traffic.aspx

Q: Handicapped Parking: Is the law for a handicapped parking space in force even though the space is at a building that is closed?
A: All applicable California laws would apply, 24 hours a day, after the space is painted and clearly marked. I would think a citation issued under these circumstances would be lawfully issued. However, the final determination would have to be made by a Judge or Commissioner after listening to and reviewing all the facts and the totality of the circumstances.

Q: Do I Have a Warrant?: Is there a way to find out if a family member has a warrant out for their arrest by going online?
A: Unfortunately there is not. If we provided that service on-line or over the phone, the law states we would be aiding and abetting a fugitive or those who may be wanted by law enforcement.
The only way to determine if a person has a warrant is to have that person come into any sheriff or police station with identification and ask to be checked for warrants or have them contact an officer or deputy on patrol and ask to be checked.
Another possibility would be to check with the court clerks office of the court where the warrant may have been issued out of. They may be able to provide information, but will most likely require the person to appear at the courthouse in order to check.
Some stations will provide clearance letters, which may indicate for employment background purposes if there is an outstanding warrant, for a fee.
The result is obvious, if the person has a warrant with a significant bail amount they would be taken into custody and appear before the judge. If it is an insignificant amount (amount varies by jurisdiction and jail population) the person may be given a citation and a new court date. Hope that helps!

Q: What is the legal definition of verbal abuse? My domestic partner ’believes he has the right to say and do anything he feels like’. He ’believes he has the right to yell at me.’ He believes he has ’the right to talk to me any way he wants to.’ What does the law say about this?
A: Verbal Abuse includes: name calling; ridicule; demeaning comments; attempts to make person think they are crazy; humiliating; verbal threats of violence; blaming; hollering. It is a form of emotional ’beating’ vs. emotional abuse which often is silent, but impactful with ’looks’, actions etc.
Emotional abuse can include hurting animals/pets with the inference that the person is next; slamming doors to scare or intimidate; isolating someone from friends or family. Both can also be done through electronic communication, from texting to emails etc.
Penal.Code 273.5a-f defines Domestic Violence as Emotional, Verbal, Sexual, Financial as well as Physical Abuse. It is a Felony Wobbler Charge, i.e, arrest as Felony, wobbles down to Misdemeanor if perpetrator agrees to 52 Week Domestic Violence Batterers Program, 3 years of Summary Probation.
ASSAULT means the VERBAL THREAT to do bodily harm, with the perception that the perpetrator could follow through, NO PHYSICAL ACTION included. BATTERY, is the unwanted touch of a persons body, no injury necessary.

Q: Someone told me that it’s illegal to leave a dog temporarily (e.g., while one buys groceries) in a parked car -- even though the windows are partially open, as is the roof, and the car is parked in the shade. She said that to do so was to risk the dog’s falling ill or dying. Was she correct that there is a law against leaving a dog temporarily in a car?
A: There is a California statute that provides that no person shall leave or confine an animal in any unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.

1-Day Parking Permits

Temporary parking permits are available at the West Hollywood Station from:

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 am Monday - Thursday
4:30 p.m. to 12:00 am Friday
All Day Saturday and Sunday

During regular business hours, parking permits should be obtained from West Hollywood City Hall or the King’s Road Public Parking Structure. Click here for more information.

REPORT A CRIME

To report a life threatening emergency, dial 911.

To report any other crime activity, contact the West Hollywood Station at (310) 855-8850.


Send Anonymous Tip To TIPLA

(Tips are not received directly by the West Hollywood Station. Do not use this for emergency situations.)

Tipsters now have the option of texting us tips through their cell phone. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today’s world.

1 - Text "TIPLA" plus your message" to CRIMES (274637)

2 - Upon reception of a tipster’s first incoming message, the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing their unique Tip ID.

3 - To submit follow-up information, the tipster simply replies. Nothing else is needed.

4 - All follow-up tips and even your replies from the application are written under the original parent record and shown threaded and date/time stamped in the narrative. The session may be terminated by the tipster texting STOP into the system at any time or by you manually selecting the "Terminate Thread" button from within the application.

Text STOP to 274637 to cancel.

Text HELP to 274637 for help.

* Msg & Data Rates May Apply

Sheriff’s Online Report Tracking System (SORTS)

This system allows you to file a specific type of crime or incident report through this website. Once your report is reviewed and accepted, you will receive a free copy of the approved report emailed to you for your records.

To use this online reporting system, the incident must have occurred in the areas covered by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

http://shq.lasdnews.net/shq/SORTS/sorts_intro.aspx

VACATION CHECK

Vacation is a time for fun and relaxation. Don’t let yours be ruined by crime. The Sheriff’s Department conducts "Vacation Checks" of West Hollywood resident’s homes. If you are planning a vacation and wish checks of your house, fill out all fields below and press the Submit button

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Report Copies, Tickets & Miscellaneous Fees

Depending on the nature of the report and any confidentiality issues involved, report copies are generally available through the station that took the report. Reports take approximately one week to become available - traffic accident reports may take longer. If you do not have the report's file number, please be prepared to supply the date, time, location and name of the parties involved to assist us in locating the proper report.

Traffic Collision Reports - $25.00
Criminal Reports - $25.00
Traffic Ticket Correction - $17.00
Clearance Letter - $42.00
Repossession Fee - $15.00
Impounded Vehicle Release - $93.00
Record Search - $29.00

Note: Fees subject to change.

We accept cash or checks. No credit/debit cards accepted.

Restraining Orders

To obtain a Restraing Order in the West Hollywood Station area, contact:

LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT (Click for here additional information)
BEVERLY HILLS COURTHOUSE
9355 BURTON WAY, #101
BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210

In certain domestic violence situations, peace officers can obtain emergency protective orders (only valid until the victim can apply for a restraining order from the local court).

For more information, go to the Court Services Division; click here.

CRIME STOPPERS

ABOUT CRIME STOPPERS



3 ways to provide anonymous tips to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department:

Anonymous Text Message

You now have the option of texting us tips through a cell phone. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today’s world.

1. Text "TIPLA" plus your message" to CRIMES (274637)

2. Upon reception of a tipster’s first incoming message, the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing their unique Tip ID.

3. To submit follow-up information, the tipster simply replies. Nothing else is needed.

4. All follow-up tips and even your replies from the application are written under the original parent record and shown threaded and date/time stamped in the narrative. The session may be terminated by the tipster texting STOP into the system at any time or by you manually selecting the "Terminate Thread" button from within the application.

Anonymous Telephone Call

Calls are received at a Call Center using a toll free number: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

All phone lines are encrypted and no phone calls are ever recorded. Tips are then sent onto LA Crime Stoppers for further evaluation.

By guaranteeing a caller's anonymity, Crime Stoppers allows the caller to provide information without fear of retaliation. By offering cash rewards for information that leads to an arrest or criminal filing, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.

Anonymous Webpage

Tipsters now have the option of giving us tips online. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today's world. Our WebTip process is powered by the world's leading online tip solution provider, Anderson Software.

The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilities allow the tipster to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time, but also provides a secure means for the coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface.

Click HERE to submit a tip.

DRUG DROP-OFF BOXES

West Hollywood Station rolls out their Safe Drug Drop-Off Program

This program was developed to provide a unique opportunity for residents to safely and anonymously drop-off:

- expired or unused prescriptions, over-the-counter medications,

- syringes or sharps,

- any other controlled substances.

The Safe Drug Drop-Off boxes are located in the station's parking lot.

The Sheriff’s Department is participating in this program to ensure that residents have a safe way to dispose of these items.

Off-leash dogs / Dog Waste Removal

West Hollywood City Hall has asked that the Sheriff's Department take a "no tolerance" policy regarding dogs being off-leash and dog owners not taking care of their dog's waste. West Hollywood residents have made their complaints known to City Hall asking for increased enforcement.

Residents are encouraged to pick up your pet's waste every single time. Animal waste contains disease-causing pathogens and harmful chemicals and nutrients, that when left on the ground, wash down storm drains and contaminate local waterways and beaches. There is a City and County ordinance, which bans dog owners from leaving animal waste on public or private property. If an owner disregards this law they may be fined.

West Hollywood residents are also advised to keep their dogs on a leash. For everyone's safety (especially your dog's safety), pet owners are cautioned to be sure a leash is used when on a walk. At Hart Off-Leash Park, dogs are to be off-leash only when inside the fenced area.

In Case of Emergency (I.C.E.)

A recent movement is trying to educate the masses that an "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) entry in a cell phone is good practice. The idea has gotten rave reviews from internet sites along with the traditional media.

Emergency personnel or civilians that are aware of this may in fact refer to your cell phone in an emergency. If you would like to participate, please make an entry in your cell phone under the name of ICE.

Megan's Law

Check to see if registered sex offenders live in your neighborhood. Megan's Law information can now be accessed from your home computer by going to www.meganslaw.ca.gov

Register for Free* Nixle Text & Email Alerts

To receive ALERT & ADVISORY TEXTS ONLY, text your zip code to 888777

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) and over 90% of Los Angeles area municipal police agencies use the Nixle one-way messaging system to Text and Email the public with emergency and routine messages. In addition to LASD Headquarters (HQ), each sheriff's station also has their own geographically-specific messages. These messages are FREE* for law enforcement and firefighters to send messages and FREE* for the public to receive them.

The messages range from important Alerts and Advisories such as traffic alerts or brush fires, to wanted or missing persons, to more routine messages of public interest such as public events, protecting yourself from cybercrime, and significant arrests.

Registration for Nixle® is easy and only takes a few minutes.

Visit www.Nixle.com and click on the "residents sign up now" button.

- You will be asked to provide your name, address (or closest cross street), e-mail address, and cell number. This information is required to receive geographically specific information.
- More than one location can be registered.
- You have the option to define what notifications you will receive and from whom.
- You may opt out of receiving messages from any of the participating agencies.
- For text only alerts from Sheriff’s Headquarters text LASheriff to the short-code phone number of 888777. (standard text messaging rates apply).

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Captain Gary Honings
West Hollywood Station Captain

Our Divisions


Patrol

PATROL DUTIES

Patrol is the backbone of the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station. Responding to everything from armed robberies to noisy animals, large fights to traffic collisions... You can rest assured that when you call 911 in West Hollywood, Sheriff's Deputies are on their way!

Personnel at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station practice relationship-based policing, which means we work in collaboration with residents and visitors in West Hollywood to achieve public safety. We see West Hollywood residents as partners, along with officials at City Hall. See the Special Units area of this site for more information about our Community Oriented Policing and problem Solving team.

While in West Hollywood, you may see patrol Deputies working in cars, on foot beats, on motorcycles, on bicycles, and occasionally even on horseback for special events. We have Deputies that are specially trained in hate crime investigations, domestic violence, Russian community affairs, gay and lesbian issues, transgender issues, and more.

We are proud that our experience and our Deputies are as diverse as the community we serve.

Bike Team

Formed in the early 1980's, the West Hollywood Sheriff's Bike Team was one of the first bicycle patrol team fielded by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The West Hollywood Bike Team deputies handle all the same police functions as regular patrol deputies, only on bikes! These specially trained deputies have proven to be highly mobile, easily approachable, and have helped to build new bridges between the Sheriff's Department and the community.

Able to work hand in hand with neighborhood citizens, the Bike Team provides a unique opportunity for West Hollywood residents and Sheriff's Deputies to work together for a safer, supportive community.

Please feel free to stop any Deputy you see on the streets for assistance, or simply to say hi.

Universal CityWalk Substation:

Universal City is a one square mile island of unincorporated Los Angeles County, surrounded by the City of Los Angeles. It contains an entertainment theme park (Universal Studios-Hollywood), a complete motion picture and television production studio complex, nineteen screen cinema, and a large restaurant and shopping district theme mall (CityWalk). The average daily population is approximately fifty thousand. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement services to Universal City from a Sub-Station located within the CityWalk Theme Mall.

The Sub Station was established in the summer of 1991. Before 1991 all calls for service were handled by West Hollywood city units being dispatched to Universal. From the summer of 1991 to the summer of 1993 the Sub Station was operated out of a trailer located in the parking lot of the studio tour.

When the theme mall opened, the substation was moved to its permanent location on the CityWalk. Staffing for the substation consists of 1-Lieutenant, 2-Sergeants, 1-Detective, 1-Team leader, 15 Deputies and is manned 24 hours a day by Deputy and Security personnel.

TRAFFIC

TRAFFIC

The West Hollywood Sheriff's Station Traffic Unit is primarily responsible for investigating all traffic collisions and enforcing traffic laws. Yes, enforcing traffic laws usually means issuing citations. However, statistics show that an increase in enforcement tends to lead to a decrease in traffic collisions.

There is no such thing as a "Quota" for citations, these are illegal and our deputies do not work under this premise.

If you get pulled over and receive a citation but feel you did nothing wrong, your case can be judged in a court of law. Our field units which are made up of five Traffic Motor Deputies and five Traffic Enforcement cars, monitor traffic patterns throughout the city looking for potential problem areas.

The field units are also the initial on scene investigator at any collision scene. Their primary responsibility at the scene of a collision is to first identify any victims and tend to their injuries. Next they provide the necessary traffic control so that they may properly and safely investigate the collision. Once the on scene investigation has concluded, the deputies will file the necessary traffic collision reports which will summarize the incident and determine a cause.

The traffic office is made up of one motor sergeant, one investigator and one secretary. The sergeant not only supervises all office and field personnel, but also actively works in the field to promote traffic safety. The investigator is responsible for reviewing all collision reports, conducting follow up investigations on hit and run collisions, providing assistance and expertise at major collision scenes and the filing of criminal cases. The secretary holds the office together by making sure that all reports and citations get properly processed to their proper location.

What if I'm involved in a Traffic Collision?

First and foremost is to ensure that you and any other involved parties are not injured. If someone is injured and requires Emergency Medical treatment by Paramedics call 911 immediately. If there are no injuries and you need the Sheriff's Department to respond, please call (310) 855-8850 and report the collision.

Be prepared to present your Drivers license, Registration and Proof of Insurance to the Deputy and/or the other parties involved. The Deputy on scene will not provide you with the information from the other parties at the scene of the collision. If you would like the information at that time, please exchange this information with the other parties yourself.

This information will be available on the Traffic Collision Report, however the report will not be available for seven to ten business days. Please do not call to obtain information from the report as we will be unable to answer any questions until the report is processed.

Once your report has been processed, you can obtain a copy of your report by either coming to the station and purchasing a copy for $25.00* or sending in a mail request along with a check for $25.00* payable to the "Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department". *Subject to change

Please mail your requests to:

West Hollywood Sheriff's Station
Attn: Records
780 N. San Vicente Bl.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Please include your "Report Number" on any report requests. Note: Our policy does not allow us to fax reports.

What if I disagree with the final collision report?

All of our field traffic units have extensive training and experience in traffic collision investigation. Sometimes parties involved may disagree with the outcome of the report or feel that information was left out. If you fall into this category, please send an email to Deputy Heald at jlheald@lasd.org with a detailed explanation of your grievance. Also include your name, address, phone number and report number in the email. Deputy Heald will read your statement and if necessary amend the first report. However most findings in reports are final and will not be changed. Your statement will be attached to a supplemental report which becomes part of the first report for reference purposes.

What if I get a traffic citation?

Nobody enjoys getting a traffic citation but If you do receive one, you have three options.

1. First, is to simply pay the fine.

2. Your second option is to attend traffic school, if the court allows. Traffic school will keep the violation off of your drivers record and keep it from your insurance company.

3. Your final option is to contest the ticket in front of a judge.

Whichever option you pick, you must contact the court before the designated court date to arrange one of the above. Please wait approximately two weeks before contacting the court so that your citation can be processed into the court system. There are also three ways you can contact the court. You can appear in person at the designated courthouse, use the automated phone system by calling (310) 860-0070 or visiting the Superior Court web site by following the link below. Once a citation is written and processed through our office, any concerns regarding the citation should be addressed to the court. If you have questions about the specific Vehicle Code section you were cited for, you can visit the DMV web site and look up the information or even download forms.

I want to report a traffic problem:

If you live in the city of West Hollywood and would like to report a traffic problem or concern, please click on the Sheriff's badge below to send an email to the Traffic Office. Please include the nature of the problem or concern, time of occurrence and location of occurrence.

DETECTIVES

Station Detective Bureau

The Detective Bureau conducts follow up investigations on almost all criminal complaint reports filed with the West Hollywood Station. The Bureau is headed by one Lieutenant who supervises three Sergeants nine Detectives, one Crime Analyst and one Professional Staff member. West Hollywood's Detective Bureau is responsible for the investigation of crimes, identification and apprehension of criminals, recovery of property, identification and preservation of evidence. Our Detectives work closely with the District Attorneys office assisting in the prosecution of criminal complaints.

Certain crimes reported to the West Hollywood Station are investigated by other Detective Divisions within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. These include Homicides, Child Abuse, Kidnappings, Priority Stalking cases and Major Identity Theft - Forgery cases. This does not mean that our detectives are not capable of investigating these crimes, they are simply handled by Detective Units that specialize in these crimes and may have more focused training specific to these crimes.

RED LIGHT CAMERA

RED LIGHT PHOTO ENFORCEMENT

In 1999, the City of West Hollywood began its Photo Safety Program to stop motorists from running red lights. As part of this new program, automated traffic signal safety cameras were installed at intersections that have a large number of accidents and red light violations. The Photo Safety Program uses the latest technology to photograph people who drive through an intersection after the light has turned red.

Does the red light camera system photograph all violators? No, it does not. Please visit our VIDEOS section to gain a better understanding of how the red light camera system works.

How does it work?

Red light cameras and associated detection equipment are permanently installed at intersections that have a high accident rate, and provide 24-hour traffic surveillance. If a motorist runs a red light, photographs will be taken of the driver and the vehicle's license plate. A ticket is then sent to the vehicle's registered owner.

Where are the cameras be located in West Hollywood?

There are 24 camera housings located at the following intersections: (click link to see Map)

- Fountain Ave & Crescent Heights Blvd
- Sunset Blvd & La Cienega Blvd
- Fairfax Ave & Fountain Ave
- Melrose Ave & La Cienega Blvd
- La Brea Ave & Fountain Ave
- Beverly Blvd & Robertson Blvd
- Santa Monica Blvd & La Brea Ave
- Santa Monica Blvd & Fairfax Ave

What do I do if I get a ticket?

A citation issued through the West Hollywood Photo Safety Program is the same as any other traffic citation issued within our City's limits.

If you would like to view better images of your violation, using your citation number and PIN number listed, go to http://www.cite-web.com

You can pay the fine, which is established by state law at $465.00*, or you can appear in court to contest the citation or even attend traffic school.

What if I wasn't the driver of my vehicle?

If you are the vehicle's registered owner and someone else was driving your car, you may complete a portion of the citation that identifies the driver and return it by mail. The ticket can be dismissed and reissued to the person who was driving your car.

To view a sample of a Photo Enforcement Citation, CLICK HERE.     

If you have been issued a citation and would like to make an appointment to view your photos or discuss the citation, please call (877) 786-7234. For further questions or concerns regarding the Photo Safety Program, please contact Deputy Zenon Porche at (310) 855-8850 ext 505 (or you can e-mail him at zjporche@lasd.org).

*effective 08/15/2011 (Subject to change.)


RED LIGHT CAMERA TRANSPARENCY

The Vendor

The City of West Hollywood currently contracts with Affiliated Computer Services (ACS). They are paid a flat fee per month for services. ACS is not allowed to act independently and has no decision making powers regarding any aspect of the red light camera program. All decisions are made by the Sheriff’s Department or the City of West Hollywood.

Intersection Selection

All intersections are selected based on accident rates. The vendor is not allowed to participate in the process and decisions are made by the Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the City of West Hollywood.

Enforcement

Currently, citations are only issued to those who travel straight through an intersection. The red light camera system in the City of West Hollywood is not used to enforce right turn or left turn violations.

Accident Rates

Since the year 2000, at camera enforced intersections, there have only been four accidents where a West Hollywood Resident has been at fault for running a red light. We show no increase in right angle or rear end collisions.

Yellow Light Phasing

Yellow light times were not lowered upon the implementation of red light cameras. All yellow light phasing is in compliance with 21455.7 of the California Vehicle Code.

Citations

Citations are generated only in accordance with criteria set forth by the Sheriff’s Department. All citations are reviewed, approved, and then issued only by a sworn peace officer.

The Issuance Process

Red light camera citations are issued via the US Post Office per 40518(a) CVC. Once mailed, citations are accounted for, and signed by, the US Post Office on the required Certificate of Mailing as proof that all citations are mailed within the mandated 15 day timeframe. Only a notice to appear will be mailed to registered owners. All subsequent notices will either be the result of mutual correspondence or court related documents. There will be no notices or attempts to contact a defendant or registered owner prior to the issuance of an official notice to appear.

Oversight

Service technicians respond to each camera three times per week for servicing and maintenance. Each visit is documented on a maintenance log that is later verified and signed by a peace officer. In addition to the maintenance performed by the service technicians, a peace officer visits each camera at least twice per month for the purposes of testing and settings verifications. Each visit performed by an officer is documented on a report referred to as an “Officer Audit”. Service technician logs and Officer Audit reports are made available at each court appearance.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for an accurate accounting of citations that have been mailed to registered owners. The Vendor is responsible for obtaining the Certificate of Mailing and ensuring that it is delivered to, and signed by, a postal employee. But, at the end of every month, the numbers that are reported to have been mailed by the vendor are verified against the Sheriff’s database. This process ensures that each mailed citation was actually reviewed and approved by a peace officer.

SPECIAL UNITS

Special Units

COPPS Team (Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving):

The West Hollywood Sheriff's Station has a 6 member COPPS Team that is committed to working in a problem-solving partnership with residents, community groups, city officials, and local businesses to fight crime and to improve the quality of life for the people of West Hollywood. Able to focus on community crime and disorder problems, the COPPS Team Deputies work together with Neighborhood Watch groups and community organizations addressing problems and issues that often are overlooked by typical law enforcement.

One of the goals of the COPPS Team has been to target the presence of criminal transients in our city. Working diligently to identify, and if possible arrest these individuals, the COPPS Team is constantly striving to help keep our sidewalks and businesses safe, and free from fraud and aggressive panhandling.

The City of West Hollywood has a long-standing partnership with the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station to provide assistance to the homeless. Read more about this partnership.

The team has also focused on establishing effective school safety programs with the staffs and students at all our local schools, helping them prepare for the possibility of an emergency (such as an earthquake, gas leak, or act of violence). In recent months, in addition to conducting plain clothes operations targeting auto theft, burglary, and robbery suppression, the COPPS Team Deputies have also worked vigorously enforcing animal nuisance laws.

If you ever have any comments or questions about West Hollywood's COPPS Team, please feel free to contact COPPS Team at (310) 855-8850 ext 427.

RESERVE FORCES

Reserve Forces

West Hollywood Sheriff's Station has a very active Deputy Sheriff Reserve Program. Numerous members of our community serve as Reserves on their evenings and weekends. With full peace officer powers while on duty, they help to supplement our full time Deputies in the areas of patrol, Sunset Blvd traffic enforcement, special events, warrant service details, and special operations. Reserves play a vital role in West Hollywood and help to keep our city a safe place to live, work, shop and play! .

What Is A Reserve Deputy Sheriff?

- Reserve Deputy Sheriff's enjoy the challenge and excitement offered by law enforcement, as well as the satisfaction of providing a worthwhile community service.

- Reserve Deputy Sheriff's first complete the extensive state mandated training and then work assignments on evenings and/or weekends as their regular jobs permit.

- Reserve Deputy Sheriff's are issued a badge, an identification card, uniforms, a Beretta 92FS duty weapon, and most other necessary equipment.

- Reserve Deputy Sheriff's have full peace officer powers when on duty, and if issued a Special State permit, may choose to carry a concealed weapon when off duty.

- Reserve Deputy Sheriff's volunteer 20 hours per month of their time with the regular compensation being one dollar per year.

- Reserve Deputy Sheriff's may also qualify for shooting bonus pay of up to $32.00 per month, and some paid special event assignments are occasionally available.

- Reserve Deputy Sheriff's serve at the will of the Sheriff, must obey all Department regulations, but do not fall into the framework of the civil service system.

- Reserve Deputy Sheriff's supplement the regular operations of the Sheriff's Department by working in their choice of Uniform Reserve (Patrol), Mounted Posse, Search and Rescue or as a Specialist.

General Requirements:

- Be a United States Citizen

- At the time of appointment, be at least 21 years of age (there is no upper age limit)

- Be a high school graduate or equivalent

- Posses a valid California Class "C" Driver's License of higher

- Be gainfully employed or a full time student

- Be available to attend the Sheriff's Department Reserve Academy which is conducted on Sundays (7:00 AM to 5:00 PM) and Monday & Wednesday evenings (6:00 PM to 10:00 PM)

- Be willing to subscribe to the oath of affirmation of allegiance for public employees

To apply for the West Hollywood Reserve Deputy Sheriff's Program, or for further information, please contact our Reserve Coordinator, at (310) 855-8850.

The team has also focused on establishing effective school safety programs with the staffs and students at all our local schools, helping them prepare for the possibility of an emergency (such as an earthquake, gas leak, or act of violence). In recent months, in addition to conducting plain clothes operations targeting auto theft, burglary, and robbery suppression, the COPPS Team Deputies have also worked vigorously enforcing animal nuisance laws.

If you ever have any comments or questions about West Hollywood's COPPS Team, please feel free to contact COPPS Team at (310) 855-8850 ext 427.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Volunteers are dedicated to providing excellent service through relationships that build trust, create a safe environment, and enhance the quality of life in our communities within a “Tradition of Service”.

Volunteers perform many essential jobs at each Sheriff's Station or facility.

Those residents of the city of West Hollywood who are interested in giving back to the community are especially welcome to learn more about our program.

Below is a partial list of available jobs, however, jobs will vary with each unit or station. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the West Hollywood Station, please contact Richard Best, Sr. Team Leader at the station by calling (310) 855-8850 or by email at rhbest@lasd.org.

Responsibilities include: Front Counter Assistant and the Volunteers on Patrol Program.

Each year, we provide a report summarizing the contribution we make to the station and West Hollywood Community:

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West Hollywood Station Leadership


Captain Gary Honings
West Hollywood Station Captain
Lt. Sergio A. Aloma
Operations Lieutenant
Lt. Dave Smith
Service Area Lieutenant
Sgt. Charles Braden
Operations Sergeant

Crime Prevention


Identity Theft

Identity Theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your name, Social Security number, credit card number or other identifying information, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.

If you think your identity has been stolen:

Contact the fraud departments of any one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit file.

Equifax:
Tel: 1-800-525-6285
Web: www.equifax.com
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

Experian:
Tel: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742);
Web: www.experian.com
P.O. Box 9532
Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion:
Tel: 1-800-680-7289
Web: www.transunion.com
Fraud Victim Assistance Division
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

The fraud alert requests creditors to contact you before opening any new accounts or making any changes to your existing accounts. As soon as the credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the other two credit bureaus will be automatically notified to place fraud alerts, and all three credit reports will be sent to you free of charge.

Close the accounts that you know or believe have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.

File a police report and get a copy of the report to submit to your creditors and others that may require proof of the crime.

How do you protect yourself?

Don't give out personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you've initiated the contact or are sure you know who you're dealing with. Identity thieves may pose as representatives of banks, Internet service providers and even government agencies to get you to reveal personal information.

If you received an email asking for your personal information and you are unsure if it is a valid request, make your own contact with the company to confirm the request.

Use a shredder to dispose of your credit card receipts, credit card applications, insurance forms, medical forms, checks, bank statements, expired charge cards and all credit offers that you receive through the mail.

Neighborhood Watch

Want to know an easy and effective way to prevent crime on your street? Be a good neighbor! In fact, neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement can make one of the best crime fighting teams around. We call this...

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

By participating in Neighborhood Watch, you can:

- Reduce opportunities for crime by acting as eyes and ears for West Hollywood Sheriff's Station personnel.
- Develop a community/law enforcement partnership with the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station through shared information, observation, and reporting of suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles.
- Enhance the quality of life for residents in the City of West Hollywood.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH WORKS!

A Neighborhood Watch meeting can make the difference in whether your home and neighborhood become a target for crime or remain a safe environment in which to live. The time commitment is minimal.

Benefits include:

- The opportunity to meet your neighbors and the Sheriff's Deputies assigned to your neighborhood
- The opportunity to attend a variety of crime prevention training seminars on topics such as car burglary/vehicle theft prevention, personal safety, domestic violence, hate crimes, and more
- Receiving information on issues that may be of concern to your neighborhood
- Receiving crime statistics for your neighborhood
- Receiving the City's quarterly Neighborhood Watch newsletter, "Watch Around The Block," which offers information on public safety issues, crime prevention tips, current crime trends, and events pertaining to public safety.

For more information about West Hollywood Neighborhood Watch, or to join or form a group in your neighborhood, please contact the Neighborhood Services Specialist at (323) 848-6831.

Hate Crime Prevention

West Hollywood has become a target for hate crimes in Southern California. The West Hollywood Sheriff's Station and West Hollywood City officials are working hard to safeguard residents and visitors from crimes of hate directed at the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, and crimes directed toward our Russian and Jewish communities. These tips are designed to alert you to the measures you can take to prevent becoming the victim of a hate crime:

- Avoid Walking Alone
- Walk Confidently, Quickly and Directly
- Stay In Well Lit Areas
- Have Your Car Keys In Your Hand
- Avoid Dark Driveways, Bushes and Alleys
- Walk Close To The Curb
- Keep Your Car Doors Locked At All Times, Even While Driving
- Avoid Being Under The Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
- Don't Resist... Property Can Be Replaced, You Can't!

IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF A CRIME...

- Immediately call 911 - The West Hollywood Sheriff's Station is here to help you. You will be treated with dignity and respect. Write down a description of your attacker (age, race, height, weight, hair, clothing...) and a description of his/her vehicle (type, color, & license plate number).

- Do not worry about your citizenship or immigration status. The Sheriff's Deputies are not the INS and are not concerned about your immigration status. If you are a victim or witness, you may be asked for identification so that you can be contacted later if the attacker is arrested.

- Do not be afraid! The Sheriff's Department is here to protect you. Crimes of HATE (including verbal harassment) are a top priority at the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station, and you will be given the utmost respect and assistance as the victim of an assault or attack.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

West Hollywood City Hall
Hate Crimes/Domestic
Violence Coordinator
8300 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 848-6470

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Anti-Violence Project
1625 N. Schrader Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(800) 373-2227
avp@laglc.org

Anti-Violence Project Web Site
L.A. County District Attorney
Hate Crime Suppression Unit
320 W. Temple Street, Suite 780
Los Angeles, CA. 90012
Phone: (213) 974-7841
Fax (213) 613-2702
http://da.co.la.ca.us/hate/

West Hollywood Russian
Community Center
7360 Santa Monica Blvd, #102
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 969-0496

Domestic Violence

As many as 4 million people in this country suffer some kind of violence at the hands of their spouse or domestic partner each year. Very few will tell anyone -- a friend, a relative, a neighbor, or the police. Victims of domestic violence come from ALL walks of life, all cultures, all income groups, all ages, all religions, and all orientations. They share feelings of helplessness, isolation, guilt, fear, and shame.

ARE YOU ABUSED?

DOES THE PERSON YOU LOVE...

- "Track" all of your time?
- Constantly accuse you of being unfaithful?
- Discourage your relationships with family and friends?
- Prevent you from working or attending school?
- Criticize you for little things?
- Anger easily when drinking or using other drugs?
- Control all your finances and force you to account in detail for what you spend?
- Humiliate you in front of others?
- Destroy personal property or sentimental items?
- Hit, punch, slap, kick, or bite you or your children?
- Use or threaten to use a weapon against your?
- Threaten to hurt you or the children?
- Force you to have sex against your will?

IF YOU FIND YOURSELF SAYING YES TO ANY OF THESE,

IT'S TIME TO GET HELP!

DON'T IGNORE THE PROBLEM!

Talk to someone. Part of the abuser's power comes from secrecy. Victims are often ashamed to let anyone know about intimate family problems. Go to a friend or neighbor, or call a domestic violence hotline to talk to a counselor.

Plan ahead and know what you will do if you are attacked again. If you decide to leave, choose a place to go; set aside some money. Put important papers together-- marriage license, birth certificates, checkbooks--in a place where you can get them quickly.

Learn to think independently. Try to plan for the future and set goals for yourself.

IF YOU ARE HURT, WHAT CAN YOU DO?

There are no easy answers, but there are things you can do to protect yourself:

- Call the sheriff or police. Assault, even by family members, is a crime. The police often have information about shelters and other agencies that help victims of domestic violence.
- Leave, or have someone come and stay with you. Go to a shelter- -call a crisis hotline or a community center to locate a shelter. If you believe that you, or your children, are in danger--leave immediately.
- Get medical attention from your doctor or a hospital emergency room. Ask the staff to photograph your injuries and keep detailed records in case you decide to take legal action.
- Contact your local Superior Court for information about a restraining order that does not involve criminal charges or penalties.

HAVE YOU HURT SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY?

- Accept the fact that your violent behavior will destroy your family. Be aware that you break the law when you physically hurt someone. - Take responsibility for your actions and get help. - When you feel tension building, get away. Work off the angry energy through a walk, a project, a sport. - Call a domestic violence hotline or health center and ask about counseling and support groups for people who batter.

THE HIGH COST OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

Men and women who follow their parents' example and use violence to solve conflicts are teaching the same destructive behavior to their children.

Jobs can be lost or careers stalled because of injuries, arrests, or harassment.

Violence may even result in death.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES & HOTLINES:

24 Hour DV Crisis Line
(310) 858-9344

Partner Abuse
(323) 874-6512

West Hollywood City Hall
Domestic Violence Specialist:
8300 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 848-6470

Jewish Family Services / Family Violence Project
7362 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Center for Pacific Asian Families
(Asian Languages)
(323) 653-4049

The STOP Partner Abuse / Domestic Violence Program
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
1625 N. Schrader Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028-6213
Tel: (323) 860-5806
Fax: (323) 993-7699
domesticviolence@laglc.org
Website: http://www.laglc.org/domesticviolence

Haven House - Pasadena
(323) 681-9696

Russian DV
(310) 820-2532

1736 Family Crisis Center - Hermosa Beach
(310) 379-3620

East L.A. Shelter (Spanish)
(323) 268-7564

Child Safety on the Internet

As a parent, if you own a home computer and allow your children Internet access, you also need to be Internet literate. If you do not know how to access the Internet, take a class, read a book or spend time with your children and let them show you the amazing world of cyberspace. Be aware of what is out there and prevent your children from gaining access to inappropriate Web sites and chat rooms.

Did you know that child molesters frequent chat rooms on the Internet?

If you are not familiar with chat rooms, it is time you sat in on one. If your children have access to the Internet, they have access to child molesters who pose as other "teens" or confidants trying to develop friendships with unsuspecting children. Child molesters lure their victims with promises of friendship and material goods. And, too often, it works! Many adolescent Internet users look for friends - someone who will "chat" while their unsuspecting parents are not present.

Take charge of you computer:

- Set ground rules for Internet access and discuss with your children these crime prevention tips.

- Place the computer in a centrally located area in your home - not in a child's bedroom. This prevents "secret" communications or access and also allows all members of the family to use it.

- Talk to your children about the Internet. Explain that it is an excellent source of information, but some sites are inappropriate and they are expected to stay away from these sites.

- Consider using software that can block or filter Internet sites or certain words that may indicate inappropriate sites.

- Establish time frames for Internet access. This will encourage your children to obtain information in a timely manner and discourage aimless wandering.

- Keep an open line of communication with your children.

- Discuss their Internet experiences and guide them to sites that are age-appropriate.

- Finally, immediately report to your local law enforcement agency any attempts by others to meet your child or any inappropriate sexual conversations. If possible, save the conversation text for review by law enforcement. This will assist law enforcement in an investigation and possible prosecution.

Rape Prevention

RAPE IS ABOUT POWER, CONTROL, AND ANGER

Think about the unthinkable.

Don't mask the facts about rape with myths and stereotypes.

THE TRUTH IS...

- RAPE is an act of violence. It is an attempt to control and degrade using sex as a weapon.
- RAPE can happen to anyone -- children, students, wives, mothers, working women, grandmothers, the rich and poor, men, and boys.
- RAPISTS can be anyone -- classmates, co-workers, a neighbor or delivery person, ugly or attractive, outgoing or shy, often a friend or family member.
- RAPISTS rape again and again, until caught.

USE YOUR HEAD

- Be alert! Walk with confidence and purpose.
- Be aware of your surroundings -- know who's out there and what's going on.
- Don't let alcohol or other drugs cloud your judgment.
- Trust your instincts. If a situation or place makes you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, leave!

COMMON SENSE INDOORS

- Make sure all doors (don't forget sliding glass doors) and windows have dead bolt locks, and use them!
- Install a peephole in the door.
- Keep entrances well-lighted.
- Never open your door to strangers.
- Offer to make an emergency call while someone waits outside.
- Check the identification of any sales or service people before letting them in. (Don't be embarrassed to phone for verification.)
- Be wary of isolated spots -- apartment laundry rooms, underground garages, parking lots, offices after business hours. Walk with a friend, co-worker, or security guard, particularly at night.
- Know your neighbors so you have someone to call or go to if you're scared.
- If you come home and see a door or window open, or broken, don't go in. Call the Sheriff's Department from a public phone or neighbor's home.

COMMON SENSE OUTDOORS

- Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night.
- Stay in well-lighted areas.
- Wear clothes and shoes that give you freedom of movement.
- Be careful if anyone in a car ask you for directions -- if you answer, keep your distance from the car.
- Have your key ready before you reach the door -- home, car, or office.
- If you think you're being followed, change direction and head for open stores, restaurants, theaters, or a lighted house.
- Park in areas that will be well-lighted and well-traveled when you return.
- Always lock your car -- when you get in and when you get out.
- Look around your car and in the back seat before you get in.
- If your car breaks down, lift the hood, lock the doors, and turn on flashers. Use a "Call Police" banner or flares. If someone stops, roll the window down slightly and ask the person to call the police or a tow service.
- Don't hitchhike, ever! . . . And don't ever pick up hitchhikers!

WHEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS

How should you handle a rape attempt? It depends on your physical and emotional state, the situation, the rapist's personality. There are no hard and fast, right or wrong answers, surviving is the goal.

- Try to escape. Scream, be rude, and make noise to discourage your attacker from following you.
- Talk, stall for time, and assess your options.
- If the rapist has a weapon, you may have no choice but to submit. Do whatever it takes to survive.
- If you decide to fight back, you must be quick and effective. Target the eyes or groin.

SURVIVING A RAPE

- Report rape or any sexual assault to the police or a rape crisis center. The sooner you tell, the greater the chances the rapist will be caught.
- Preserve all physical evidence. Don't shower, bathe, change clothes, douche, or throw any clothing away until the police or rape counselor say it's okay.
- Go to a hospital emergency room or your own doctor for medical care immediately. Don't go alone. Ask a friend or family member to go with you or call a rape crisis center or school counselor.
- Get counseling to help deal with feelings of anger, helplessness, fear, and shame caused by rape. It helps to talk to someone about the rape, whether it happened last night, last week, or years ago.
- Remember, rape is not your fault!
- Do not accept blame for being an innocent victim.

IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN RAPED...

- Believe him or her.
Don't blame the victim.
Offer support, patience, and compassion to help the rape victim work through the crisis, heal, and emerge a survivor.

TAKE A STAND

- Ask a Neighborhood Watch group, school, employer, church, library, or civic group to organize a workshop on preventing rape. Make sure it addresses concerns of both men and women.
- Volunteer at a rape crisis center.
- If you see a TV program or movie that reinforces sexual stereotypes and sends the message that women really like to be raped, protest. Write to the station, the studio, or the sponsors. On the other side, publicly commend the media when they do a great job in depicting the realities of rape.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES & HOTLINES:

Santa Monica - UCLA Medical Center
Rape Treatment Center
1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 319-4000

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Anti-Violence Project
1625 N. Schrader Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(800) 373-2227
avp@lagic.org

Rosa Parks Sexual Assault Crisis Center
South Central LA
(Spanish Available)
(323) 751-9245

Center for Pacific Asian Families
Shelter and Hotline
(Asian languages available)
(323) 653-4042
(800) 339-3940

Compton YWCA Rape Hotline
(Spanish Available)
(310) 764-1403

East Los Angeles Rape
and Battering Hotline
(Spanish Available)
(800) 585-6231

South Bay Rape Crisis Center
(310) 545-2111

Valley Trauma Center
(818) 886-0453

Project Sister, Pomona
(909) 626-4357

Sexual Assault Victim Services Hotline - Orange County
(Spanish Available)
(714) 957-2737

Prevent Being Car Jacked

Imagine having someone walk up to you while you're sitting in your car at a traffic light, thrust a gun or knife in your face, and take your car from you. Or having your vehicle taken from you while you are parked (even in your own driveway), or while you're getting gas. This new crime is called "carjacking." It can happen anywhere, not just in traditional "high crime" neighborhoods, and it is just as likely to occur during the daylight as it is after dark.

Why is carjacking on the increase?

Parked cars, especially luxury models equipped with sophisticated, built-in alarm systems and theft-deterrent devices, are becoming harder to steal. Car thieves find it much easier to steal a car while the owner is there, with the keys in the ignition, than to try to break into a well-alarmed, locked car.

Anybody can be a target. While most carjackers look for sleek, powerful, luxury-model cars to steal and sell, others will go after any easy target of opportunity, sometimes just on an impulse for a joy ride.

How can you avoid being carjacked?

While there is no guaranteed way of avoiding being carjacked, there are some common-sense precautions you can take to put the odds in your favor:

- Before you enter your car, be alert to any activity near you. Pay attention to your surroundings.
- When approaching your car to enter it, have your key in your hand.
- Check the handles, locks, and back seat before entering.
If there is someone loitering near your unoccupied car as you approach it, keep walking until they leave.

Once you're in your car, you should:

- Keep your doors and windows locked.
- Stay out of high crime areas, especially after dark.
- Be suspicious of people approaching your car asking for directions or change, or giving out flyers.
- When stopping in traffic, leave enough distance between your car and the one in front of you, so you can pull away quickly if necessary.
- If a suspicious-looking person approaches your car, drive away carefully.
- If you are driving home, and there's somebody walking down the street that you don't recognize, drive around the block and come back after that person has left.
- If another driver bumps your car, or your tire goes flat, keep your doors and windows closed and wait for help or the police to arrive; or drive slowly to the nearest police station.
- Be alert when using drive-up automated teller (ATM) machines.
- If you have a cellular telephone, call for help.
- If you are confronted, don't resist, let the thief have your car. No vehicle is worth being seriously injured or killed for.

Vehicle Theft Prevention

- Be Alert!!
- Lock your car! Take your keys with you.
- Never hide a spare key on the vehicle.
- Roll up windows completely.
- Remove keys from ignition.
- Park in well-lighted areas.
- When parking in attended lots or parking garages, leave only the ignition key with the attendant.
- Park as close as possible to an open business.
- Do not leave valuables in sight to tempt a thief. Most auto burglaries are caused by cellular phones, laptops, or other valuables left in plain sight.
- Always park with the wheels turned toward the curb.
- Back your car into the driveway. If you drive forward into the driveway, a car thief could raise the hood to hot wire the car, and it would appear to the neighbors that you were just working on the car.
- If you have a garage, use it.
- Lock your garage door.
- When going out of town, if possible, remove the distributor cap or the coil wire.
- NEVER leave your car running while it is unattended.

WHEN SELLING AND BUYING A CAR....

- Be cautious of the low priced bargain car.
- Beware of fast sell pressures.
- On older vehicles, check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) rivets to see if it has been altered.
- Be suspicious of fresh paint on a car.
- Verify that the registration sticker and the license tag are current and are from the same state.
- Do not accept duplicate car keys.
- Complete all paper work at the time of the sale.
- If you are selling a car, never allow a person to test drive the vehicle alone.
- Ask to see an interested buyer's drivers license, and write down the name, address, driver's license number, etc.
- Make certain the driver's door contains a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Label. This label is often called a Mylar sticker, and it contains the Vehicle Identification Number. Presence of the label is required by law.

IF YOUR CAR IS STOLEN...

- Call the Sheriff's Station. Vehicle theft should be reported as soon as possible. However, before the vehicle can be listed as stolen, you must have your vehicle's license number and/or the vehicle identification number (also called the VIN number).
- Stolen vehicles are sometimes used in the commission of other crimes. Quick action often results in recovery of your vehicle as well as prevention of another crime. If the criminal is apprehended, be willing to file charges and testify in court.
- If you recover your own vehicle, you must not touch or move your vehicle in order to preserve possible evidence. You should call 911 immediately to report the recovery. If you do not follow these steps, your car will continue to be listed as stolen and you may be pulled over at gunpoint, because the deputies or police officers with assume you are the car thief!

ANTI-THEFT DEVICES....

They stop the amateur and slow down the professional ....

- Anti-theft devices are not foolproof, but they can stop the amateur and slow down the professional. The longer it takes to steal a car, the more attention the thief attracts, and the more likely the thief will look elsewhere. Anti-theft devices include those listed below.

LOJACK: This is vehicle tracking device that when activated allows the Sheriff Department or Police to track your stolen vehicle and recover it, often within hours. It can be purchased from many new car dealerships or after market directly from LOJACK.

KILL SWITCH: The car will not start unless a hidden switch is activated. The switch prevents electrical current from reaching the coil or carburetor. Please check your warranty before installing one of these switches. Some warranties prohibit installation of these devices, and doing so will nullify the warranty. In such cases, there is a possibility that a STARTER BYPASS SWITCH could be used without affecting the warranty.

ALARM SYSTEMS: These systems contain a device that will activate a siren, lights, or horn if the car is tampered with. Consider a backup power source for the alarm, as professionals could deactivate the alarm if they get to the power source. Keys or code numbers to the alarm should never be given to parking lot attendants or valets. (Do not try to fool a thief with an alarm decal when no alarm exists.)

FUEL SWITCH: This device stops the fuel supply.

ARMORED COLLAR ("The Club"): This equipment consists of a metal shield that locks around the steering column and covers the ignition, the starter rods, and the steering wheel interlock rod.

LOCKING GAS CAP: A prevention device to halt gas being stolen from your vehicle.

CROOK LOCK: This lock is a long metal bar that has a hook on each end to lock the steering wheel to the brake pedal.

CHAIN & LOCK: These devices should be used to secure motorcycles, mopeds, and bicycles.

KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM: Anti-theft devices may cost a few dollars to several hundred dollars. Many of these devices are now standard or optional equipment offered by auto manufacturers.

ENGRAVE YOUR VALUABLES

Did you know that insurance companies are likely to raise your rates and your deductible as a result of a burglary? Make it easier for the police to identify and locate your stolen property, and make your property less attractive to thieves by taking the time to mark your property.

Here's some useful information about engraving your valuables:

- Please engrave all your property with your driver's license number or secret number of your choice.
- Engrave the number in at least two (2) places on the object. (Note: Your driver's license number makes it especially easy for the police to identify the owner if the stolen object is recovered).
- After you purchase an item, locate its serial number; record the serial number, make, model, and any other identifying features and store the information in a safe place.

If the item is stolen, call the police and give a complete description of the property. Include whatever number the item is engraved with, and where the number is engraved on the property.

Take a picture or make a video of your valuables, and store this in a safe place.

RTBAV

Frequently Asked Questions


What hours is the Sheriff's Station open?

The station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, however, administrative and detective personnel primarily work weekdays during normal business hours.

How do I get to the Station?

West Hollywood Station
780 N. San Vicente Bl.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 855-8850 [map]
What is the difference between a Sheriff's Deputy, Police Officer, Highway Patrol Officer and the State Police?

All four are peace officers and are authorized under the California penal code with identical police powers anywhere in California.

A Deputy Sheriff works for the County Sheriff's Department. California is divided into counties. In Los Angeles County communities that have not incorporated into cities, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement and operates the county jails and courts. Dozens of cities in the Los Angeles County contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to provide law enforcement services in the City. Some independent cities maintain their own police department, many cities contract with the county for law enforcement, traffic and fire/paramedic services. This contract provides all services of a normal police department (including extra services such as SWAT teams, specialized detective units, air support and emergency services) at a substantial savings to the City.

A Los Angeles Police Officer (LAPD) works for the City of Los Angeles. The LAPD is an independent police agency specifically within the City of Los Angeles.

California Highway Patrol Officers provides traffic-related enforcement in various communities as well as on freeways. In state-operated facilities, California Highway Patrol provides law enforcement functions.

Why do I have Sheriff's Deputies patrolling in my area instead of a Police Officer?

In Los Angeles County communities that have not incorporated into cities, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement and operates the county jails and courts. Dozens of cities in the Los Angeles County contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to provide law enforcement services in the City.

Some independent cities maintain their own police department, many cities contract with the county for law enforcement, traffic and fire/paramedic services. This contract provides all services of a normal police department (including extra services such as SWAT teams, specialized detective units, air support and emergency services) at a substantial savings to the City.

How do get access to the sex offender registry for my area?

The Megan's Law (sex offender registry) is available through many websites on the Internet:

http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/

http://CrimeReports.com

What happens to someone when they get arrested?

Depending on the level of the crime, the person will either be held for court or released on a promise to appear.

What are the definitions of the different types of crimes?

There are 3 "grades" of crime:

Misdemeanor: On a misdemeanor arrest the suspect will be taken to the station and booked. This includes fingerprinting and identification checks. He or she (in many cases) will then be released on a promise to appear citation. The suspect may be held at the station until the Court Date if the circumstances dictate such action. If the offense is alcohol or drug related, the suspect will stay at the sheriff's station until he or she can safely care for himself or herself.

Felony: On a felony charge the suspect will be taken to the station and held until his or her court date (Usually within two business days). They may also have the option of bailing out.

Juvenile Crime: Juveniles who are detained are taken to a Station and held pending either a transport to Juvenile hall or release to their parent/guardian.

How can I have my fingerprints taken?

This Sheriff's Station does not offer Live Scan service.

How do I obtain a clearance letter?

The West Hollywood Sheriff's Station does not do clearance letters for immigration purposes. We do them for travel purposes only. You must bring photo-identification to the station with you to apply for a travel clearance letter. The current cost is $42.00 payable when you pick up the letter. Bring your original social security cards as well as photo id/license.

Immigration clearance letters can be obtained at:

Sheriff's Record's Bureau
12440 E Imperial Highway 4th floor
Norwalk CA 90650
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

How do I obtain a restraining order against someone?

These are orders from a judge, restricting specific contact between specific people. They can be applied for the court that has jurisdiction for your area.

In the West Hollywood Station area, contact:

LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT (Click for additional information)
BEVERLY HILLS COURTHOUSE
9355 BURTON WAY, #101
BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210

In certain domestic violence situations, peace officers can obtain emergency protective orders (only valid until the victim can apply for a restraining order from the local court).

For more information, go to the Court Services Division; click here.

How can I get a copy of a police report?

Depending on the nature of the report and any confidentiality issues involved, report copies are generally available through the station that took the report. Reports take approximately one week to become available - traffic accident reports may take longer. If you do not have the report's file number, please be prepared to supply the date, time, location and name of the parties involved to assist us in locating the proper report.

Traffic Report: $25
Criminal Report: $25

If my car has been towed, how do I locate it?

If your vehicle was towed by LA County Sheriff's Department, please call:

- Tow location was east of La Cienega Blvd: Call Hollywood Tow at (323) 466-5421. Hollywood Tow is located at 1015 N Mansfield, which is just south of Santa Monica Blvd., and east of Highland Ave.

- Tow location was west of La Cienega Blvd: Call All City Tow at (323) 934-0404. All City Tow is located at 5832 Adams Blvd., which is located at the intersection of Fairfax Ave. and Adams Blvd.

In most cases, you will be responsible for paying any towing and storage charges or fees directly to the towing company.

How do I get a citation signed off for proof of correction?

Bring the vehicle the citation and identification to the Sheriff's Station for inspection. This service is also available for free at CHP offices and at county court facilities.

To get your ticket (citation) signed, ask:

- A deputy or police officer for "fix-it" tickets
- The DMV — for driver's license and car registration violations
- A court clerk — for proof of car insurance at the time of citation and for driver's license and car registration violations. (Make sure you have the correct documentation.)

How can I get a permit for overnight parking in West Hollywood?

Annual overnight parking permits can be purchased directly from City Hall. Single night passes can be obtained at the Sheriff's Station.

City of West Hollywood Permit Parking office is open:

8:00am to 6:00pm- Monday thru Thursday
8:00am to 4:30pm - Fridays

Residents should contact the West Hollywood Sheriff Station for parking permits only when the Permit Parking Office is closed.

In addition to City Hall and Sheriff Station, one-day visitor permits may be obtained from the office located inside the Kings Road Parking Structure at 8383 Santa Monica Boulevard during the following hours:

6:00am to Midnight - Monday thru Wednesday
6:00am to 2:30am - Thursday thru Friday
8:00am to 2:30am- Saturday and Sunday

How can I find out the progress of an investigation or court case?

Call the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station weekdays during business hours. If you do not have the report's file number, please be prepared to supply the date, time, location and name of the parties involved to assist us in locating the proper report.


How can I find out the progress of an investigation or court case?

Call the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station weekdays during business hours. If you do not have the report's file number, please be prepared to supply the date, time, location and name of the parties involved to assist us in locating the proper report.

How do I volunteer to help at my local Station?

The Sheriff's Department has a number of programs for people to become involved in your community. Please contact the Community Relations office at the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station during business hours or refer to the Volunteers page on this site.

What is a private person's arrest?

You have the right to arrest another person for a criminal act they commit in your presence. Unless absolutely necessary, you should avoid taking direct action and call us to avoid being injured or sued for false arrest. In some specific situations, limitations in the laws may make it necessary for a deputy sheriff to have you make a citizen's arrest. In this case, you must sign a private person's arrest form, but the deputy will physically take the person into custody and ensure that they are properly arraigned in court. You may be required to testify in court.

How do I find out the status of a person who has been arrested?

Call the Jailer at the West Hollywood Station or call the LASD Inmate Information Line at (213) 473-6100. You can also view the LASD Inmate Information Center by clicking here.

Who should I call to complain about (or compliment) a law enforcement officers?

All California police agencies have a procedure for investigating complaints about individual officers or Department procedures in general. For incidents involving Sheriff's Department personnel or procedures, you can call the West Hollywood Station on-duty Watch Commander (24 hours) or contact Sheriff's Headquarters at (800) 698-8255.

For incidents involving other local law enforcement agencies, you should contact the agency in question directly.

What happens if I refuse to sign a traffic ticket I disagree with?

When a person refuses to sign a citation, a deputy is required to arrest and bring them directly before the magistrate having jurisdiction. This may involve being held at a local or central jail facility overnight or during the weekend until court is next in session.

Signing a citation is merely your promise to appear in court for a violation. Your signature is not an admission of guilt. Only a judge can levy punishments.

When must a deputy read me my rights?

The Miranda decision requires officers to inform a person of their rights involving counsel and self-incrimination only in certain situations involving interrogation after arrest. Current case law (based on past court decisions) dictates specifically which situations require this advisement. Generally, only juvenile offenders are advised immediately when arrested.

How long will I have to wait for a patrol car to come to my call?

Calls for service are handled in order of priority based on the level of emergency each incident represents. Crimes in progress, rescues and felony crimes take precedence over non-violent crimes and report calls. Because emergency calls often require the coordinated efforts of many units, deputies may be delayed arriving to non-emergency calls. Desk personnel continually review the current calls for service and should advise you by telephone if a deputy expects a delay of more than thirty minutes. Please do not use the 911 telephone system for non-emergency situations.

Do I have to give my name when reporting a crime?

No, we will attempt to investigate an anonymous crime tip, however, court decisions impose limitations on investigations based solely on anonymous tips. We recognize that you may not want to be identified by the people you are reporting. If you have concerns, request that your information be kept confidential or that deputies not contact you when they respond.

Can a deputy sheriff give tickets on freeways?

Yes. California Peace officers have police powers throughout the state of California. The California Highway Patrol generally patrols freeways, any deputy sheriff or city police officer can cite or arrest for a violation.

Often Misunderstood Terminology

Burglary vs. Robbery - These two theft crimes often get confused. A person who breaks into a home, business or locked car to steal is committing burglary. A person who steals from another person directly by force (like a purse snatch) or fear (threats or by using a weapon) is committing a robbery.

Assault vs. Battery - The severity of the crime and punishment involved in assaults depends on many specific factors including whether the person actually struck another or just tried, whether a weapon was used, what kind of injury resulted (or would most likely result), and the relationship between the parties (assaulting someone in a domestic relationship, a small child, or an official such as police, fire, postal workers, etc. would be a more serious crime).

Trespassing vs. Loitering - Trespassing occurs when a person enters or remains on private property which has signs prohibiting entry or after they have been told to leave by the owner. Loitering involves remaining in a public place without business. This is most often a concern when people loiter about a public restroom to commit sex acts.

Hate Crime vs. Hate Incident - Hate crimes are crimes motivated by bias against a victim based on his or her actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, national origin, or disability. Hate incidents are similarly motivated but lack the elements of damage to property, harm —or the immediate threat of harm — or violence.

Terrorist Threats - Terrorist threats is a very specific felony crime involving threats of death or great injury from a person capable of committing the threat. This is often confused with people who provoke fights or with threatening phone calls (some circumstances, these are misdemeanor crimes).

File Number - This is the unique number assigned to a report taken by a Deputy Sheriff. A Deputy taking a report will often leave a form with the person reporting the crime including this number. As we take many thousands of various reports each year, having this number on hand will make it much easier to reference your report.

Call or Tag Numbers - Whenever a Deputy handles a call or stops a car, even for a warning, the computerized dispatching system attaches a unique number to that incident.

Racial Profiling - Peace officers are prohibited from detaining person based solely on their race. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department voluntarily collects and reports information about the makeup of the people our personnel stop, issue citations to or arrest.

What is the Los Angeles County District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program?

The Los Angeles County District Attorney organized the Bad Check Restitution Program to help business people recover revenue lost to bad checks and discourage bad check offenders from repeating their offense. Assistance is provided free of cost and complaints are easy to file. Bad check offenders reported to the Program must pay restitution and attend a mandatory eight-hour intervention class.

Those who fail to fully comply with all requirements of the Program risk having their case reviewed for a possible criminal filing. Moreover, while the Program is free for merchants, it is not free for the offenders who are required to pay statutory fees to participate in the diversion program. All this is accomplished without cost to County taxpayers or businesses!

How does the Bad Check Restitution Program work?
The merchant must mail the check attached to a Bad Check Complaint Form to the Program. The District Attorney will seek full restitution for the merchant if possible, which is 100% of the face value of the check plus applicable returned item bank fees. The primary goal of the Program is to obtain restitution for the merchant and secondly, to deter bad check offenders from future offenses.

What must I do to file a complaint on a bad check?
1. Notify the check writer and extend a ten-day grace period to make the check good.
2. Obtain a Bad Check Complaint Form from the Police or Sheriff. Forms are also available at chamber offices, can be downloaded from the Internet or can be mailed to you by calling the Victim Hotline.
3. Determine if the check is eligible by calling the Victim Hotline. The check should be reported within 120 days of the transaction.
4. If eligible, mail the check and Complaint Form to the Program.
5. If restitution is recovered, you will receive a restitution check from the District Attorney's Program; if not, the check writer's case will be reviewed for prosecution. Case status can be obtained by calling the Victim Hotline.

What type of check is eligible for the Program?
1. The check was presumed good at the time of acceptance and received in exchange for goods or services.
2. The check was processed by a bank at least one time and returned stamped:
a. NSF checks (non-sufficient funds)
b. Account-Closed
c. Refer to Maker or Unable to locate
d. Stop Payment checks that do not involve a performance dispute.
3. The check was passed within the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. (Checks mailed to L.A. County are also eligible.)
4. The check was issued from a California bank account.
5. The check has a valid California Drivers' License or I.D. recorded on the front side.
6. Checks for any amount: no minimum or maximum filing restrictions based on check amount.

Are there checks that cannot be reported to the District Attorney’s Program?
1. Stolen, counterfeit and forged checks are not eligible (report to local law enforcement).
2. Checks that have exceeded the Program’s time limit for filing.
3. Checks issued from an out-of-state bank account.
4. Checks determined by the Program to be civil in nature, and therefore, ineligible.

For additional information on the Bad Check Restitution Program, contact the following:
Victim Hotline: 1-800-842-0733 http://da.co.la.ca.us/badcheck.htm

Where is the County Jail (Inmate Reception Center) located?

The address is:

441 Bauchet Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 780-2600 (Inmate information)
Located Downtown near the Union Station

Where is the nearest California Highway Patrol office?

The Central Area Branch Office is at:

777 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 744-2331.

What does the Sheriff's Department do to help homeless people in West Hollywood?

The City of West Hollywood has a long-standing partnership with the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station to provide assistance to the homeless.

Read more about this partnership.

Contact Us


  • Station Contact
  • Station Phone Roster
West Hollywood Station

780 N. San Vicente Bl.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: (310) 855-8850


Universal Sub-Station

1000 Universal Studios Bl., Bldg 4505M
Universal City, CA 91608
Phone: (818) 622-9539


Station Captain

Captain Gary Honings
Phone: (310) 855-8850 Ext. 4001
E-mail: GSHoning@lasd.org


Volunteer Program

Richard Best
Phone: (310) 855-8850 Ext. 2558
E-mail: RHBest@lasd.org


EMERGENCY 911


NON-EMERGENCY (310) 855-8850


Captain Honings
Ext. 4001
Operations Lieutenant
Lt. Aloma - Ext. 4002
Operations Sergeant
Sgt. Braden - Ext. 4003
Community Relations / Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving / Special Events / Emergency Operations
Sgt. Klaus - Ext. 4034
Entertainment Policing Team
Ext. 2456
Detective Bureau
Ext. 4045
Jailer
Ext. 2410
Watch Commander
Ext. 4070
Watch Sergeant
Ext. 4071
Narcotics Office
Ext. 4032
Photo Enforcement
Deputy Zenon Porche - Ext. 4043
Secretariat
Ext. 4141
Traffic Investigations
Sgt. Bowman - Ext. 4022
Volunteer Program
Richard Best - Ext. 2558
West Hollywood Parking Enforcement
Phone (323) 650-6757 / FAX (310) 659-4589
8235 Santa Monica Boulevard West
Hollywood, CA 90046