tel. (818) 898-1200      117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340


Chief Vairo

Welcome to the San Fernando Police Department’s webpage. Our motto is “Serving with Honor and Integrity” and we feel that it’s not only our duty to protect our citizens, but to educate them as well. Use the below links to access a wealth of information, from neighborhood watch/area lead officers to the latest in local law enforcement news. You can also search our resource library/other helpful links (below) for crime victim assistance, sex offender information, and much more.

In San Fernando, we have a long history of providing a high level of police services to the members of our community. I believe if residents, business owners, and visitors feel safe from violence and crime, a community will thrive. The San Fernando Police Department has been effective by working in partnership with residents, businesses, schools, religious organizations, neighborhoods, and other City services. We fully embrace the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing, in which the San Fernando Police Department and the community work together to solve problems regarding crime, fear of crime, and quality of life issues.

The San Fernando Police Department recognizes and values the diverse and unique contributions made by every member of our community and we will always have the highest commitment to provide you with the most professional and dependable police services possible.


POLICE FACILITY | Police Department
910 First Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
Anthony Vairo, Chief of Police
(818) 898-1267 |

Monday through Friday | 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
(818) 898-1279

Monday through Friday | 8:30 am to 5 pm
(818) 898-1256

The San Fernando Police Department is always looking for qualified and motivated individuals to become Police Officers.

LATERAL ENTRY: Applicants must be currently employed as a full-time sworn paid Police Officer in the State of California with a Municipal, County or State law enforcement agency and have passed that department's probation period. Applicant shall possess a California POST basic certificate.

PRE-SERVICE TRAINED: In addition to the minimum qualifications included in the job bulletin, applicant must be enrolled at the time of application, or have successfully completed within the twelve month period immediately prior to date of application, a POST approved police officer training academy program; and have not served as a sworn police officer for a law enforcement agency. A reserve police officer training academy is not acceptable. Successful completion of the academy is required prior to appointment.

ENTRY LEVEL: The City of San Fernando is also accepting applications for entry level candidates on an on-going basis until all open positions are filled. Priority is given to lateral and preservice candidates as described in this flyer. Entry level candidates must meet the qualifications/special requirements listed and successfully pass the oral interview, a PELLTB written examination achieving a minimum score of 42, and complete the Physical Agilities Test, which includes completing the 1½ mile run in under 15 minutes. Additionally, the process will require passing background review, psychological examination, polygraph and medical examination. Successful candidates may then be sponsored into a local police academy as a police officer recruit.


Crime Maps are a monthly view of Part 1 crimes that have been reported to the San Fernando Police Department. Part 1 crimes consist of Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Assault, Burglary, Larceny, Arson and Auto Theft.


The San Fernando Police Department Blotter provides residents with information on activity that has occurred in the community. The Blotter data is accumulated from requests for service from the community and offer initiated activity. Sometimes that true nature of the incident differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided.

Nine-one-one is the number to call to get help in a police, fire or medical emergency. A 9-1-1 call is transmitted over dedicated phone lines to the 9-1-1 answering point closest to the caller. Trained personnel then send emergency help as needed.

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El nueve-once es el número de teléfono para recibir asistencia policiaca, de incendio o emergencia médica. La llamada al 9-1-1 se trasmite sobre una línea telefónica dedicada al  centro del 9-1-1 más cercano. Personal entrenado  manda  la asistencia de emergencia necesaria.

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EOW: 12/22/1914 | AGE: Not Available | TOUR: 1 Day

Marshal William D. Smith was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three males suspected of committing a burglary.

Marshal Smith found the three suspects asleep alongside a road and attempting to waken them. One of the men fired three shots into Marshal Smith’s body. The three suspects then fled the area on foot. One of the three suspects was captured a short while later as he hid in an adjacent arroyo.

EOW: 12/2/1923 | AGE: 22 | TOUR: 1 Year 

Officer Nathan O. Longfellow was shot on November 29, 1923 while attempting to transport a suspect to the City jail. He had been enroute to the jail with a suspect who had been arrested for disturbing the peace. Without warning, the suspect pulled out a gun from underneath his vest and fire three shots at Officer Longfellow. One of the rounds struck Officer Longfellow in the chest. 

Officer Longfellow immediately fell to the ground while the suspect was overpowered by infuriated citizens. Officer Longfellow lived for several days and eventually died from his injuries on December 2, 1923.

The defendant in this case was ultimately tried, convicted, and was executed by hanging at San Quentin Prison in 1925.

EOW: 10/7/1930 | AGE: 29 | TOUR: 6 Years 

Sergeant Benjamin W. Mushaney was shot in the chest with a rifle bullet while responding to a landlord-tenant dispute in the 1300 block of Hollister Street. The shooting occurred at 11:20 in the morning and involved a female tenant attempting to obtain a $2.00 refund from the suspect, the landlord. 

As Sergeant Mushaney approached the front portion of the home, the suspect fired at him from an open window. The soft-nosed bullet struck Sergeant Mushaney in the chest, who then stumbled around the side of the house and collapsed, mortally wounded. The suspect then shot the female tenant, striking her in the back. The gunman barricaded himself in the residence and continued to shoot at responding officers and residents in the area. Officers from several jurisdictions arrived at the scene and eventually administered tear gas into the home. The suspect was ultimately shot and killed by officers as he fled the home on foot, still firing at officers.

EOW: 12/24/1980 | AGE: 30 | TOUR: 5 Years 

Officer Dennis Frank Webb was fatally shot six times at close range by the man he stopped during the early morning hours of December 24, 1980. The suspect fit the description of an armed robber who had held up a 7-Eleven market in nearby Sylmar about 90 minutes earlier. The killer drove off in Officer Webb’s black and white patrol car, abandoning it in a park about eight miles from the shooting scene.

Two fellow officers were enroute to back up Officer Webb as he questioned the suspect when the gunfire erupted. They reached the fallen patrolman 90 seconds after his last radio transmission, but by that time the gunman was gone.

The officers carried Officer Webb to the patrol car, rushed him to Holy Cross Hospital about a half mile away. Officer Webb died in surgery at 5:50 a.m.

Officer Webb had survived the ordeal of Vietnam and had been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces in 1975. He was currently a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve.

EOW: 7/17/2002 | AGE: 46 | TOUR: 10 Years 

Officer Jesse K. Paderez died on Wednesday, July 17, 2002 in the parking lot of the San Fernando Police Station after his handgun fell to the ground and fired, striking him in the head and fatally wounding him.

Paderez had apparently been carrying his holstered .45-caliber gun in his hands as he walked through the department parking lot transferring material from his private vehicle to his marked unit.

The entire San Fernando Police Department attended Jesse’s memorial service, in which Paderez spent his entire decade-long career. His co-workers described his dedication to family and the community, and recalled how he frequently joked that he’d spotted suspects the day before they were wanted.

Paderez, who spent the last decade as a patrol officer, was also a member of the San Fernando Police Department’s Special Response Team. He graduated in October 1992 from then Rio Hondo Police Academy, Class #110.

EOW: 5/28/2003 | AGE: 41 | TOUR: 2 Years 

Reserve Police Officer Short was in the department locker room when he collapsed. As a result of the fall, Officer Short injured his knee. Because Officer Short’s blood pressure was extremely high, he was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for pain in his knee and monitored for high blood pressure. Officer Short was released from the hospital the next morning. While resting at home, on the same day that he was released from the hospital, Officer Short died in his sleep.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. In demonstrating our support, SFPD Officer’s are permitted to wear commemorative pink shoulder patches on their uniform shirts.

In addition, the commemorative patches are available for sale to community members.

For information, SFPD does not wear shoulder patches on exterior police jackets. The police uniform is blue or black in color with shoulder patches worn on the uniform shirt. The uniform shirt will also contain a metal or cloth badge, name plate, and rank insignia. Also, the officer will be wearing a duty belt with various equipment including a police radio.

This information is provided to ensure that community members are able to identify San Fernando PD Officers from other citizens who may affix the commemorative pink patches to a piece of clothing.

If you believe that you have been contacted by someone impersonating a San Fernando Police Officer, please contact the department at 818-898-1267 (24 hour line).

Pink Patch 2018
The San Fernando Police Department actively participates in various activities throughout the year. Below, you will find some of those events.
Golf Tournament Photos

Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Dodger Stadium (9/17/18)

San Fernando Police Canine Officer Walter Dominguez and Canine Loki may be seen at minute 29:30

Law Enforcement Torch Run June 6, 2018

San Fernando Police "Mug" at 2018 Baker to Vegas

After 10 years of participating in the annual Baker To Vegas Race, the San Fernando Police Department is honored and excited to announce they officially “mugged” by placing 11th out of 30 teams. Their official time to travel 120 grueling miles was 17 hours and 6 minutes. 

Congratulations to the team of runners (including San Fernando Police, USC Police, South Pasadena Police, and San Marino Police), support staff, and communication staff!

Baker To Vegas
Baker To Vegas
Baker To Vegas
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 Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)  (800) 540-4000 
 Crime Maps CLICK HERE to View Crime Maps in San Fernando
 Earthquake Safety Guide
 Elder and Dependent Abuse Hotline  (877) 477-3646 
 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Inmate Locator
 National Domestic Violence Hotline  (800) 799-7233 
 National Suicide Prevention Hotline  (800) 273-8255 
 Police Blotter CLICK HERE to View the Police Blotter
 Restraining Orders  Chatsworth Court House | 9425 Penfield Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91331
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 Friday | 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
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 Valley Family Center  (818) 365-8588 |
 Victims Assistance Program  (800) 380-3811 | 
 Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE)  (877) 411-5588 |


Anthony Vairo Chief of Police (818) 898-1250
Nichole Hanchett Police Lieutenant - Patrol Commander (818) 898-1258
Christian Colelli Police Lieutenant - Detective Commander (818) 898-1255


Jorge Cervantes Police Officer - Detective (818) 898-1286
Evelyn Diaz Police Officer - Detective (818) 898-1260
Hector Torres Police Officer - Detective (818) 898-1261


Peter Aguirre Police Sergeant (818) 898-1284
Courtney James Chiasson Police Sergeant (818) 898-1284
Brian Woodward Police Sergeant (818) 898-1284
Paul Ventimiglia Police Sergeant (818) 898-1284
Hector Torres Police Officer - Parking Enforcement Disputes (818) 898-1282


Irwin Rosenberg Sergeant (818) 898-1254


Sylvia Ortega Records Supervisor/System Administrator  (818) 898-1281
Elena Gonzalez Police Office Specialist  (818) 898-1250
Connie Negrete  Records Specialist  (818) 898-1280
Chris Rios  Property Control Officer  (818) 898-1277
Danette Guzman  Police Desk Officer  (818) 898-1267
Manuel Lizarraga  Police Desk Officer  (818) 898-1267
Mario Mariscal  Police Desk Officer (818) 898-1267
Marlene Martinez  Police Desk Officer (818) 898-1267
Jessica Ramirez Police Desk Officer (818) 898-1267
Genesis Rueda Police Desk Officer (818) 898-1267
Javier Ruvalcaba Police Desk Officer (818) 898-1267
James Vanicek Police Desk Officer (818) 898-1267
Anthony Belden Community Service Officer (818) 898-1267
Kathy Cabrera Community Service Officer (818) 898-1267
Elizabeth Padilla Community Service Officer (p-t) (818) 898-1267
Christopher Rodriguez Community Service Officer (p-t) (818) 898-1267
Edward Martinez Junior Cadet (p-t) (818) 898-1279
Emily Medina Junior Cadet (p-t) (818) 898-1279
Angela Vasquez Junior Cadet (p-t) (818) 898-1279


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