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 West Hollywood Station

 780 N. San Vicente Bl.

 West Hollywood, CA 90069

 (310) 855-8850  [map]

 Universal Sub-Station

 Bldg. 4505M
 1000 Universal Studios Blvd.
 Universal City, CA 91608
 (818) 622-9539  [directions]



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 1) What hours is the Sheriff's Station open?

 2) How do I get to the Station?

 3) What is the difference between a Police Officer, Highway Patrol Officer and a Sheriff's Deputy?

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

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

 6) What happens to someone when they get arrested?

 7) What are the definitions of the different types of crimes?

 8) How can I have my fingerprints taken?

 9) How do I obtain a clearance letter?

 10) How do I obtain a restraining order against someone?

 11) How can I get a copy of a police report?

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

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

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

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

 16) How do I volunteer to help at my local Station?

 17) What is a citizen's arrest?

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

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

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

 21) When must a deputy read me my rights?

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

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

 24) Can a deputy sheriff give tickets on freeways?

 25) Often Misunderstood Terminology:

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

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

 28) Where is the nearest California Highway Patrol office?

 29) Where is the nearest office of the Department of Motor Vehicles? 

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

 
1) What hours is the Sheriff's  Station open?
A: The station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, however, administrative and detective personnel primarily work weekdays during normal business hours. 

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2) How do I get to the Station?


A:  
West Hollywood Station
     780 N. San Vicente Bl.
     West Hollywood, CA 90069
    (310) 855-8850 [map]


 
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3) 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.

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4) Why do I have Sheriff's Deputies patrolling in my area instead of a Police Officer?
 
A: 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.

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5) How do get access to the sex offender registry for my area?
A.: The Megan's Law (sex offender registry) is available through many websites on the Internet:

 http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/

 http://CrimeReport.com
 

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6) What happens to someone when they get arrested?

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

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7) What are the definitions of the different types of crimes?



A:
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.

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8) How can I have my fingerprints taken?
A: This Sheriff's Station does not offer Live Scan service.

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9) How do I obtain a clearance letter?

A:
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

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10) How do I obtain a restraining order against someone?


A:
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.

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11) How can I get a copy of a criminal or traffic report?

A:
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

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12) If my car has been towed, how do I locate it?
A:

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.

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13) How do I get a citation signed off for proof of correction?
A: Bring the vehicle the citation and identification to the Sheriff's Station for inspection. There is a $17.00 fee required. This service is also available at county court facilities.

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

A: 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

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15) How can I find out the progress of an investigation or court case?
A: 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.

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16) How do I volunteer to help at my local Station?
A: 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.

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17) What is a private person's arrest?
A: 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.

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18) How do I find out the status of a person who has been arrested?
A: 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.

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

A: 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.

 

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

A: 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.

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21) When must a deputy read me my rights?

A:
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.
 

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22) How long will I have to wait for a patrol car to come to my call?
A: 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.

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23) Do I have to give my name when reporting a crime?
A: 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.

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24) Can a deputy sheriff give tickets on freeways?
A: 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.

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25) 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.

 

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26) 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

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27) Where is the County Jail (Inmate Reception Center) located?
A: The address is 441 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, downtown near the Union Station. Telephone number for inmate information: (213) 780-2600.

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28) Where is the nearest California Highway Patrol office?
A: The Central Area Branch Office is at 777 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. Telephone number: (213) 744-2331.

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29) Where is the nearest office of the Department of Motor Vehicles?
A: There are two offices close to West Hollywood:

936 North Formosa Avenue
West Hollywood, 90046
(800)777-0133
Click here for more information about this office.

803 Cole Avenue
Hollywood, 90038
(800)777-0133
Click here for more information about this office.
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30) What does the Sheriff's Department do to help homeless people in West Hollywood?
A: 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.