A MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
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.
ACTIVE ALERT SAN FERNANDO NOTIFICATIONS
COFFEE WITH A COP
- Conduct surveillance
- Collect additional evidence related to criminal investigations
- Work closely with other law enforcement professionals from local, state, and federal agencies
- Write and serve search warrants
- File criminal cases with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
- Release of stored and impounded vehicles
- Process all incoming and outgoing found property
- Process all incoming and outgoing evidence related to a crime
- Prepare evidence for court and crime lab
- Process subpoenas
STORED/ IMPOUNDED VEHICLES
10857 San Fernando Road, Pacoima
Temporary Hours of Operation due to COVID-19: Monday through Friday; 8 am to 5 pm
Customer Parking: Located in front of their office
If your vehicle was towed and stored due to the following, you do not need a vehicle release from Detectives and may go directly to the storage facility to have your vehicle released:
- Blocking the roadway
- Blocking a driveway
- Blocking a fire hydrant
- Driver w/valid license arrested
- Driver incapacitated
- Abandoned vehicle
If your vehicle was impounded, you will need to obtain a release for the vehicle from the Detective Division. The REGISTERED OWNER of that vehicle needs to provide the following:
- Proof of ownership;
- A valid driver’s license; and
- Administrative payment of $35 in the form of cash or debit card (additional $3 fee for debit cards).
The department will process your payment and provide you with a vehicle release form that you need to take to Black and White Towing.
Repossession receipts may be obtained from the Detective Division. License or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a valid ID is required.
- Reposession Receipt Fee: $15
Visit the Los Angeles Official Police Garages website to search the database to locate and check the status, as well as the cost to retrieve your vehicle. You’ll need to enter your vehicle license plate or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
RETRIEVING YOUR VEHICLE
Once at Black and White, Inc., present the release form (if applicable) and they will charge you a separate fee for the cost of towing and storage at their facility. Please refer to the Black and White, Inc. Fee Schedule below:
- Initial Storage: $134
- Daily Storage Fee: $41.50 plus Tax
- *Additional Storage Fees may apply
RIGHT TO A POST STORAGE ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING
Per 22852 of the California Vehicle Code, you have the right to a hearing to determine the validity of the storage. Your request for a hearing shall be received at San Fernando Police Department within ten (10) days from the date of notice. If you request a hearing, it will be conducted within 48 hours of the request, excluding weekends and holidays. The vehicle storage hearing is an informal process to determine whether or not a vehicle was lawfully stored.
The hearing can be requested in person, in writing or via telephone.
San Fernando Police Department
910 First Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
Detective Division | (818) 898-1256REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS
PROPERTY / EVIDENCE RELEASE & SUBPOENAS
Property/Evidence is released during regular business hours and only released to the owner.
Subpoena questions may be directed to the Property Control Officer.
The Patrol Division consists of:
- Patrol Shifts
- K-9 Unit
- Dispatch Calls
- Lobby Traffic
- 9-1-1 Operators
- General Telephone Calls
- Community Service Officers (parking enforcement)
- Reserve Police Officers
- Neighborhood Watch/Area Lead Officers
- Special Response TeamREGULAR BUSINESS HOURS
Monday through Friday | 8 am to 5 pm
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH & BUSINESS WATCH
Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch also provides the opportunity for members of the community to meet and speak with guest speakers.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
PARKING CITATIONS & ENFORCEMENT
For urgent parking matters, for example someone blocking a driveway, please call our Dispatch at 818 898-1267.
If you have received a parking citation and wish to dispute it, you may do so online or US mail. Appeals must be submitted within 21 days, otherwise, your right to appeal will expire. Once you have appealed the citation and would like to provide additional information, please feel free to email us via the below link.
Please Note: There is no street sweeping and parking enforcement on holidays.
CRIME MAPS & POLICE BLOTTER
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 officer 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.
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 seven major offenses: Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Assault, Burglary, Larceny, Arson and Auto Theft.
ANNUAL CRIME STATISTICS
The Annual Crime Statistics is an annual presentation prepared by the Police Department on the seven major offenses. It is important to provide the community with annual crime statistics to ensure they are informed about the Police Department’s efforts to protect life property of everyone in the City of San Fernando.
In 2017, K9 Loki, who was a three (3) year old Belgian Malinois, dual purpose dog, who is trained for patrol and narcotics detection, joined the San Fernando Police Department canine unit and in February 2020, Officer Ernesto Esquivel was also assigned to the canine unit.
The primary initiative of the K9 team is to search for and locate suspects, evidence, narcotics that can be linked to a specific crime.
HOW TO BECOME A RESERVE POLICE OFFICER
Download application or pick up from City Hall, Personnel Division.
Return completed and signed application to the Police Department.
Qualified individuals will be invited to the interview process.
Upon successful completion of the interview process, a background process will be initiated.
SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM
The mission of the SRT is to provide the Department with the capability to safely resolve high-risk situations. Some examples of these types of situations are:
- Active shooter scenarios
- Hostage situations
- Barricaded suspects
- Suicidal subjects (Armed)
- High risk search warrants/raids
- High risk arrests
- VIP protection details
- Other situations where the likelihood of armed resistance appears great
The Support Services consists of:
- Records Bureau
- Providing Copies of Reports
- Civilian Fingerprinting
- Vehicle Inspections
- Court Commitment Program
- Explorer Post 521
- San Fernando Police Advisory Council
- Child Safety Seat InspectionsREGULAR BUSINESS HOURS
- Arrest Reports of Adults and Juveniles
- Crime Reports
- Restraining Orders
- Data Entry for Local, State, and Federal Systems
- Arson, Narcotic, Gang, and Sex Registrants
- Requests for Clearance Letters
- Court Commitment
- Vehicle Inspections
- Court Commitment Program
- Civilian FingerprintingREGULAR BUSINESS HOURS
HOW TO OBTAIN A COPY OF A REPORT
- Cost for a report is $20 (non-refundable)
CIVILIAN FINGERPRINTING (LIVESCAN OR HAND CARD)
- Rolling Fee is $25
- Agency requesting your fingerprints should furnish you with a card; if you do not have a card, the fee is an additional $8 per card
- These fees are in addition to any fees charged by the Department of Justice
- All fees are collected when you are fingerprinted
CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS
- Vehicle Inspection Fee is $20
EXAMPLES OF VIOLATIONS
- Missing License Plate §5200(a)
- Registration Required §4000(a)(1)
- Material Obstructing or Reducing Driver’s View §26708(a)(1)
- Headlamps on Motor Vehicles §24400(a)
- License Plate Light §24601
COURT COMMITMENT PROGRAM
- Application Fee $50 (non-refundable)
- Daily Rate Fee $100 (non-refundable)
SAN FERNANDO POLICE EXPLORER POST 521
The Explorer Program offers young people a variety of hands-on, career-oriented activities that provide the Explorers with a unique insight in the workings of the Police Department, while also providing service to the community.
For young men and women who are interested in a career in the field of law enforcement, exploring offers experimental learning combined with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote personal growth and development.
SAN FERNANDO POLICE ADVISORY COUNCIL (SFPAC)
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.
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.
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.
- City Employment Application
Interested in putting yourself through the academy to become pre-service certified? CLICK HERE to be redirected to the Rio Hondo Police Academy website for more information.
The training of officers is audited biannually by the State of California POST Commission staff and is administered by the Department’s Administrative Sergeant.
SENATE BILL 978 (SB 978)
Although our City and police staff are working diligently to provide responsive records as quickly as possible, please keep in mind that these documents can be voluminous in nature and encompass hundreds of pages.
In order to comply with the spirit and intent of the law, you will find the documents in a PDF format under the following subheading links:
SFPD POLICY MANUAL
- Prison Rape Elimination Rape Act (PREA)
NALOXONE (NARCAN TRAINING)
- SFPD Narcan Training Test
- Quarterly Proficiency Course
As a small police department, the majority of our training are provided by other agencies and these materials are not posted on this website. These are available through such agencies as may be legally required and redacted as allowable under the law.
SFPD FALLEN OFFICERS
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.
- Baker to Vegas
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LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN
The Flame of Hope symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity while representing inclusion, respect and the spirit of the Special Olympics.
The San Fernando Police team will be led by Sergeant Walter Dominguez. “We are so excited to again be a part of this run. COVID-19 restrictions prevented this run last year and we hope to again see hundreds of people line the streets which inspires us to be a part of this great cause,” expressed Sergeant Dominguez.
Chief Anthony Vairo said, “We are truly honored to be a part of carrying this torch again. Our City family is always excited about showing our support for the champions of Special Olympics who do not know the words ‘I can’t’ and who overcome challenges everyday as persons with intellectual disabilities.” Chief Vairo went on to say, “We embrace diversity in our community and the diversity of these outstanding athletes.”
The public is encouraged come out and support the City’s police and City personnel on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Chief Vairo hopes the City’s residents, students and members of the business community will to line the streets of the San Fernando Mall and on their school grounds to support the Team San Fernando as they run in support of the Special Olympics.
For more information on the run or to donate to the running team, you may visit the Special Olympics Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley website at http://fundraising.sosc.org/goto/sanfernandopd_.
In 2018, Chief Anthony Vairo was honored to receive the Award of Excellence for exemplifying the department’s commitment to the program and serving with honor and integrity. The San Fernando Police Department is proud to be a Guardian of the Special Olympics LETR Flame of Hope, raising awareness and supporting inclusion for people with disabilities.
Monday through Friday | 8 am to 5 pm
SFPD PINK PATCH PROJECT
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).
2021 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Join the San Fernando Police Department in raising awareness for men’s health, including prostate and testicular cancer.
The Department will be growing out their mustaches and beards throughout November. Donate to the team, or any member’s, fundraiser page for an opportunity to vote for your favorite stache or beard! Check back throughout the month for status updates!
LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION NIGHT AT DODGER STADIUM
BAKER TO VEGAS
Teams of law enforcement and military personnel, 20 runners and 5 alternates, from around the world supported by thousands of volunteers and runners, compete for the honor of receiving a mug in recognition of their team accomplishment. This world-renowned event draws tens of thousands of people annually to witness and support the event, building strong relationships amongst the teams and law enforcement locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
The San Fernando Police Department is proud to have received mugs in 2018 and 2019 thanks to the support of the Chief and the great leadership of San Fernando’s Team Captain, Sergeant Walter Dominguez.
- Anonymous Crime Tips (818) 831-5002 | English, Spanish, Korean, Armenian
- Automatic License Plate Reader Policy | CLICK HERE to View the Current Policy
- Disaster & Storm Preparedness | CLICK HERE to Visit the Disaster & Storm Preparedness Page
- Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) | (800) 540-4000
- Earthquake Safety Guide | https://www.areavibes.com/library/earthquake-safety-guide/
- Elder and Dependent Abuse Hotline | (877) 477-3646
- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Inmate Locator | https://app5.lasd.org/iic/ajis_search.cfm
- National Domestic Violence Hotline | (800) 799-7233
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline | (800) 273-8255
- SFPD Policy Manual | CLICK HERE to View the San Fernando Police Department Policy Manual
- SFPD Policy Manual: Rape Elimination Section | CLICK HERE to View the San Fernando Police Department Policy Manual: Rape Elimination Section
- Restraining Orders | Chatsworth Court House | 9425 Penfield Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91331 | Monday through Thursday | 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 p to 4:30 pm | Friday | 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
- Sign up for Public Safety Alerts | Alert San Fernando Sign-up
- Valley Family Center | (818) 365-8588 | https://valleyfamilycenter.org/
- Victims Assistance Program | (800) 380-3811 | https://victims.ca.gov/victims/
- Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) | (877) 411-5588 | https://www.vinelink.com/