Crime Updated: Apr 24, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

I Want to File a Police Report.
If this is an emergency, please call 911 for immediate assistance. Otherwise please contact Whittier PD Dispatch at (562)567-9240 to have an officer sent out to you. Police reports can also be filed at the Police Services Center located at 11576 Telegraph Road, Monday - Thursday and alternating Fridays from 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM.
I Have Information About a Crime.
If this is an emergency, please call 911 for immediate assistance. Otherwise please contact our Police Services Center at (562) 409-1850.
How do I Notify Someone About Gang Activity?
If this is an emergency, please call 911 for immediate assistance. Otherwise, please contact our Police Services Center at (562) 409-1850.
What Should I do When I See Graffiti?

If the graffiti is occurring now you should call Whittier PD Dispatch at (562) 567-9240. If not, you should call the City of Santa Fe Springs’s graffiti Hotline at (562) 409-7610 and leave a message as to the graffiti’s location and types. Please leave your name and contact phone number so City workers can contact you if they are unable to immediately locate the graffiti you report. This hotline links the Police Services Center with Public Works so that as soon as graffiti on City property has been documented it will be cleaned up.

Graffiti is a significant vandalism problem for businesses and communities throughout this country. Besides defacing public and private property, graffiti signals disorder in a neighborhood and invites crime. The physical condition of a neighborhood and a business district sends clear signals to potential offenders about the likelihood of being apprehended for their crimes.

How Can I Report Child Abuse?
If you suspect child abuse is in progress, call 911. To report less urgent situations, or to make anonymous reports, you may call The Department of Child and Family Services at 1 (800) 540-4000. This number is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How Can I Report Elder Abuse?
In-progress physical abuse should be reported to 911. If you suspect on-going physical or fiduciary abuse of an elder, please call 1(800) 992-1660. 
What is Identity Theft and What Should I do if I Become a Victim of Identity Theft?

Identity theft involves acquiring key pieces of someone’s identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number and mother’s maiden name, in order to impersonate them. This information enables the identity thief to commit numerous forms of fraud which include, but are not limited to, taking over the victim’s financial accounts, opening new bank accounts, purchasing automobiles, applying for loans, credit cards and social security benefits, renting apartments and establishing service with utility and phone companies.

Identity Theft is covered under California Penal Code section 530.5: Unauthorized Use of Personal Identifying Information:
(a) Every person who willfully obtains personal identifying information, as defined in sub-division (b), of another person without the authorization of that person, and uses that information for any unlawful purpose, including to obtain, or attempt to obtain, credit, goods, services, or medical information in the name of the other person without the consent of that person is guilty of a public offense.

If you become a victim of identity theft you should gather whatever documentation you have and file a police report. If you are in Santa Fe Springs you should call Whittier PD Dispatch at (562)567-9240 so an officer can be sent out to you. You can also come into the Police Services Center located at 11576 Telegraph Road, Monday - Thursday and alternating Fridays from 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM to file a police report. For more information click on the following link: Identity Theft.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is defined as abuse committed against members of the same family, a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, a person with whom the offender has had a child, or is having or has had dating or engagement relationship regardless of sexual orientation or between children and elderly parents.

Domestic violence may begin with angry words, a shove, or a slap, and escalate into a pattern of assaultive controlling behaviors including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks against the victim, children, property, and/or pets.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and would like assistance you may call Whittier PD Dispatch at (562)567-9240 to have an officer come out to you. You can also come into the Police Services Center located at 11576 Telegraph Road, Monday - Thursday and alternating Fridays from 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM.

How Can I Obtain a Restraining Order?
Restraining Orders are issued at the Whittier Courthouse, located at 7339 Painter Ave. Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
How Can you Tell if you are in an Abusive Relationship?

Does the person you love:

  • Intimidate you, make you feel isolated or along

  • Frighten you with his/her temper

  • "Track" all of your time

  • Constantly accuse you being unfaithful

  • Discourage your relationships with family and friends

  • Prevent you from working or attending group meetings or school

  • Criticize you for little things such as your cooking or appearance

  • Anger easily when drinking alcohol or taking drugs

  • Control all the finances and force you to account in detail for what you spend

  • Humiliate or degrade you in front of others by name-calling, putdowns, or accusations

  • Make frequent threats to withhold money, have an affair, or take away the children

  • Use, or threaten to use, a weapon against you

  • Threaten to hurt you or the children

  • Force you to engage in sex against your will

Do you…

  • Give in because you are afraid of your partner’s reaction

  • Apologize to yourself or others for your partner’s behavior when they are treated badly

  • Experience a pattern of violence

If you answered "yes" to even a few of these questions, it’s time to get out. There are no easy answers, but there are things you can do to protect yourself. The most important step is not ignoring the problem. Call the Police Services Center at (562)409-1850 if you have been a victim, or know someone who is being victimized.